Tennessee beats Georgia Tech in double overtime, 42-41: 3 takeaways

Trevor Jackson
September 6, 2017

It will. After all, Tech had the upper hand for most of this contest, beating the Volunteers in virtually every facet of the game.

Most of that applies to ISU's visit to Tennessee's Neyland Stadium for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, but there are more wrinkles than usual in this matchup. "The one positive was our offense ran really well tonight and hopefully we can turn that into some success moving on". ISU was beaten 22-20 by Eastern Illinois last Thursday with a nine-day gap to prepare for the 25th-ranked Volunteers.

Bituli, a sophomore linebacker, got word he was starting at strong-side linebacker against Georgia Tech just four days before when presumed starter Austin Smith went down in practice with an injury. Going for the deuce was the right decision, and maybe Tech ran the right play.

Georgia Tech lost a heartbreaking season opener to Tennessee, falling 42-41 in double-overtime.

The OddsShark computer likes Tennessee to get the win.

The Volunteers also have unknowns to ponder from ISU's point of view. He teamed with Fred Jones on a quarterback sack and helped FSU became the first team since 2008 to hold Alabama to fewer than 100 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in the same game.

After a shaky first half in his first career start, Dormady was able to settle in and make big throws when needed. Mallory just wants to see improvement after last Thursday's defeat. It's the approach our staff is taking.

"He played his tail off", said Johnson of his new team leader.

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Indeed, both Marshall and Benson were huge parts of Tech's monumental offensive night. They did some good things. "(I thought) whatever I have to do". I think we could've scored there and run the clock down. "Katrell [Moss] and Jonas [Griffith] were a real presence out there", Mallory said.

They got the gutsiest, record-setting performance by a first-time starter at quarterback in school history. At the end? In two-minute?

Johnson: "If they wore down in this game, they better get their butts home".

After his receivers dropped half a dozen passes in the opening 30 minutes, the junior gunslinger stuck it to his targets after regrouping at halftime down 14-7.

"We had the will to win tonight", Kelly said.

Bain blocked what would have been a game winning field goal for Georgia Tech in the final seconds of regulation. While Georgia Tech had a lot of Marshall and Benson, who rushed for 124 yards, Tennessee had quarterback Quinten Dormady combining with Marquez Callaway on passes (four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns) and John Kelly in general (128 yards rushing and four touchdowns, five catches for 35 yards). Dormady found Callaway once again for a huge throw and catch as the ball went to the Tech 27-yard line on a 40-yard bomb. They showed that in spades Monday night in an improbable comeback win that will be remembered for some time.

There's also Tennessee's turnover trash can.

However, for all its troubles, Tennessee's defense had a couple of great plays in it. It was luck with a few people who played fantastic. During a nationally televised game when there would be no hiding from the onslaught of obvious memes.

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