Vols trail Georgia Tech at halftime

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Embattled Tennessee Volunteers football coach Butch Jones does not know how the internet works.

Starting the opener with two starting tackles missing is no easy task, but Tennessee's pass blocking was disgusting at times against Georgia Tech.

"I'm grinding horse feed essentially", said Bain.

"We never created a negative play, so you never get them behind (schedule on down and distance)", Johnson said. The Vols were two of seven.

Tech converted 8 of 11 third down situations in the first half. The big play on the drive was a 44-yard pass from Marshall to Ricky Jeune.

John Kelly's 30-yard burst set up a ten-yard Quinten Dormady toss to Marquez Calloway for the touchdown. Medley put the Vols ahead for the first time in the game at 42-35.

"It was a very tiring game, but we finished out how we were supposed to with a big win", Taylor said.

The Volunteers' player apparently wasn't going to class today.

. Against Tennessee, Benson ran 26 times for 124 yards. "It was kind of like a scramble drill". We knew we would fight back when we were down a few scores. Dormady, in his first start, finished 20 of 37 for 221 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

"He sparked us and made some very, very key plays for us", Jones said.

Player of the game: John Kelly. "He played with toughness and with a great will to win".

Georgia Tech appeared to be driving for another score when an illegal block penalty forced them to attempt a 47-yard field goal.

"What can you say about Paul Bain", added Jones. "I respect him so much for who he is and what he means to our football program". The two did the same in the second overtime, before Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson opted to go for two and the win. "(I thought) whatever I have to do". After Tennessee was whistled for a false start that moved the ball back to the 10-yard line, Dormady floated a pass to the corner of the end zone and Callaway came down with it. Last week, Johnson said that he was "worried a lot more about a zillion positions than I am quarterback". "We have a pretty good idea who the quarterback will be for us, and we have a pretty good idea who the quarterback will be for them as well", Jones told reporters this week.

Tech got on the board first in the game.

Because winning at least momentarily erased the fact that the Vols were doubled by Tech in nearly every important statistical category except the final score. The Jackets went 75 yards in 16 plays, once more punching it in from the 1-yard line to take a 14-7 lead. The Yellow Jackets should've scored and won. The fumble was recovered by Tennessee's Micah Abernathy at the 7. 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.

With incredible anticipation and timing, Callaway high-pointed the ball over Tech defenders with relative ease to the tune of four catches for 115 yards and two scores. The Jackets led 14-7 at halftime, accepted the ball to open the second half and promptly took complete control of the game with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that consumed almost six minutes - almost 20 percent of the available game time to that point. With player's graduating and declaring early for the National Football League draft, the "next man up" philosophy is one every program must subscribe to. "They threw a couple jump balls and got them, and we missed tackles". Ethan Wolf was targeted five times, but dropped one ball that was costly for the Vols. Georgia Tech brings back five defensive backs who combined for eight interceptions a season ago. Tennessee's strong-side linebacker Daniel Bituli recorded a career-high six tackles in the first quarter and had a dozen stops at halftime. For the game, the Vols were credited with 132 tackles ...

Johnson wasn't second-guessing his decision after the game.

Tennessee will play its home opener Saturday as the Volunteers welcome Indiana State to Neyland Stadium for a 4 p.m. kickoff. Tech's yards-per-attempt was 12.0; Tennessee's was 6.0.

Georgia Tech: It will be interesting to see how the Yellow Jackets bounce back from such a crushing defeat. The touchdown came on a keeper by Marshall from the 1.

GEORGIA TECH - TaQuon Marshall 1 run (Shawn Davis kick); 5-25, 28-35. Tennessee is known for having bell-cow runners, and Kelly is next in line.

Bain blocked what would have been a game winning field goal for Georgia Tech in the final seconds of regulation.



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