Tennessee Vols: Jauan Jennings' Injury Isn't Death Sentence For Offense

TaQuon Marshall picks up ACC honors

TaQuon Marshall picks up ACC honors

Though the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets looked to be in the driver's seat against the Tennessee Volunteers all game, it was Rocky Top that came out on top in double overtime, 42-21.

No. 25 Tennessee converted two turnovers into touchdowns and overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Georgia Tech 42-41 in double overtime Monday night in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Vols would respond with a 1-yard touchdown run of their own, courtesy of running back John Kelly. For as thrilling as this game ultimately became, Johnson's decision to go for two in second overtime will be debated by the Yellow Jackets' fan base for some time.

"It's a game we should have won", Johnson said, telling no lies. Our tackle reaches out and tries to reach the 5, and then the guard turned up into him, and there was nobody, 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. "If we do it right, even if we don't block the guys, we can still pitch it and the guy has a race to the end zone". He rushed a school-record 44 times for a school-record 249 yards by a quarterback and scored a school-record five rushing touchdowns - which is saying something for a school that once scored 222 points in a game.

Georgia Tech spent most of the evening with its offense on the field, trampling a Tennessee defense that spent six months preparing for an offense it had no chance of stopping.

Davis badly missed a 47-yard field goal midway in the third quarter that would have given Georgia Tech a 17-point lead.

Then "I don't think I've ever been part of a game where you run 96 plays and gain 655 yards and lose".

While Georgia Tech found a severe weakness in Tennessee's defense, going up the middle with its run game, a devastating "L" was handed its way on the last play of the game.

Tennessee went ahead for the first time all night on its final touchdown and PAT. Only three players caught passes: running back John Kelly, wide receiver Jauan Jennings and tight end Ethan Wolf.

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"We didn't really change anything in the game plan in the second half", said Callaway. "That was a very, very good college football game", Vols coach Butch Jones said. He sparked us and made some very key plays. That play was so - that should have been a walk-in, and we screwed that up, so we didn't deserve to win. We knew that this was going to be a game that you had to show some resolve and some grit, and you had to play complementary football.

"We need to spend a lot of time on this video, but tackling, being able to - we had way too many missed tackles", Jones said. "I thought we had the game in control down there".

We could spend hours dissecting Georgia Tech's Week 1 loss.

ISU had both listed as potential starters on its official depth chart and both had time with ISU's offensive starters on Tuesday.

However, Tech seized momentum back with another long, torturous drive on the Tennessee defense. "So, we didn't make the play and they did".

Normally, when a Football Championship Subdivision team like Indiana State travels to a Power Five school like Tennessee, it's a simple matter.

(1:11) GEORGIA TECH - Kirvonte Benson 1 run (Shawn Davis kick); 16-75, 7:00, 7-14. The other four kickoffs were returned to the Tennessee 40-, 45-, 28- and 39-yard lines.

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