Tennessee seemed defeated all night long, but the Volunteers came back and beat Georgia Tech 42-41 in two overtimes, stopping a two-point conversion by the Yellow Jackets for the victory.
Running back John Kelly was the star of the game for Tennessee, rushing for 128 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner, as the Volunteers started the season with a win. Wide receiver Marquez Callaway caught four passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns, helping Tennessee come back from a 28-14 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Georgia Tech, running the triple option offense, ran all over Tennessee, rushing for 535 total yards. Quarterback TaQuon Marshall rushed for 249 yards and five touchdowns by himself.
Georgia Tech seemed to be driving to clinch the game, but a fumble by J.J. Green caused by Rashaan Gaulden set up the Volunteers for a chance to tie the game. Tennessee went 93 yards on just seven plays, ending with a 11-yard touchdown run by Kelly to even the score.
The Yellow Jackets quickly drove down the field, but with Georgia Tech going for a game-winning field goal in regulation, Tennessee’s Paul Bain rose up and blocked the attempt by Shawn Davis, sending the game into overtime.
Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady finished the game 20-of-37 passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
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