“It was a counter action,” Johnson said when describing how it was intended to result in the guard pulling as a lead blocker.
However, both left guard Parker Braun and right tackle Will Bryan missed their blocking assignments.
“The quarterback had to turn up and there was nobody on the linebacker, and then he pitched it late, but he had to kind of throw it out there,” Johnson said. Replays showed that the running back likely had a clear lane to the goal line if the pitch had been made early.
Marshall, who ran for a Georgia Tech quarterback record 249 yards and five touchdowns, said he takes responsibility.
“We had numbers on the backside,” Marshall said. “Reversed and tried to get out of it. They overran us and I thought I could get up under it. We tried to make the play at the time but it might have been a little selfish of me. But, you’ve got to put it in the past and move on.”
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson spoke with the media following a 42-41 loss to Tennessee. (by Maghen Moore)