Never before have I seen a Tennessee team so thoroughly outplayed, yet find a way to win.
In Tennessee's thrilling 42-41 double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech, the Volunteers discovered the new foundation for its offense. He added five completions for 120 yards through the air.
Tennessee threw 37 times and managed 221 yards passing. Callaway had a big game on the outside, hauling in four passes for 115 and two touchdowns to help spark UT's offense.
"We knew this was going to be a game about our will to win and the ability to play complimentary football", said Tennessee coach Butch Jones. "(I thought) whatever I have to do". In the second half, what can I say about Marquez Callaway?
"Again, I just think we have a lot of grit", he said in the early minutes of Tuesday morning. We spoke all week about a will to win.
Georgia Tech's TaQuon Marshall, a converted running back making his first start at quarterback, was masterful engineering the Yellow Jacket option offense.
Georgia Tech used some misdirection at the snap, letting Marshall roll out to his right with a numerical advantage.
He is tied for fourth most tackles in the country after demonstrating his will against Yellow Jacket ballcarriers.
A sophomore that appeared in six games last season, Callaway was expected to be a future playmaker for Tennessee.
Under Paul Johnson, Tech is 54-11 and 9-5 against ranked opponents when it scores 30 or more points.
The Yellow Jackets scored on their first drive of the second half, with Marshall powering in from the 1 over the right guard for a 21-7 lead.
Tennessee gained 379 yards as a team. Jordan directed an upset at Virginia Tech last season and rushed for six touchdowns in nine games, attempting just nine passes on the season, but does have experienced running backs in Clinton Lynch (905 all-purpose yards) and J.J Green. The Volunteers couldn't stop him no matter what they tried, but ultimately the one time they did stop him was the last play of the game.
Tennessee evened the score with 8:11 left in the half on a 1-yard dive by Kelly.
That was when the complexion of the game changed and it seemed the Big Orange got a bolt of extra energy, and the ensuing drive resulted in a score.
A highly competitive runner, Kelly is physical in his approach by aggressively attacking tacklers and grinding out yards after contact. The point after made it 21-14 and that was how things stood going to the final quarter.
Pinned at its five, the Jackets advanced to its 46 before coughing up a fumble forced by Daniel Bituli and recovered by Cortez McDowell. He was hopeful about B-back KirVonte Benson as a replacement for the dismissed Dedrick Mills, despite the fact that Benson had never played a snap at the position.
Helping the Vols shake off a sluggish defensive effort - Georgia Tech piled up 655 total yards, including 535 on the ground - was punter Trevor Daniel. The guy with the two black lines coming out of his body in the diagram up above, Tennessee linebacker Cortez McDowell, was unblocked, but the play's created to make him choose which of two potential ball carriers to stop. He opened gaping holes for Kelly to burst through both at the line of scrimmage and also in space. The drive covered 93 yards on seven plays.
Davis badly missed a 47-yard field goal midway in the third quarter that would have given Georgia Tech a 17-point lead. The game came down to the toe of the freshman kicker Davis for a 36-yard field goal attempt. The kick was low, Paul Bain got a hand on it and the game carried on.
"He pays his own way for school, he has two jobs to make ends meet". It's impressive that the linebackers played as well as they did considering the overwhelming amount of time they spent on the field.
With each defense appropriately gassed and disheartened, the two offense took turns slicing through their counterparts in overtime: Georgia Tech opened by scoring in five plays, and Tennessee answered in three.
Georgia Tech will officially host its home opener this Saturday against Jacksonville State, who hasn't played since August 26.
RUSHINGTennessee, J.Kelly 19-128, Dormady 2-13, Chandler 1-7.
Tech turned to Marshall again, but this time the Vols slammed him down short of the goal line. Jauan Jennings left the game due to injury.