What Paul Johnson said after Georgia Tech football's double-overtime loss

Erica Murray
September 5, 2017

The only time Tennessee stopped him all night was on an overtime two-point conversion that cost the Yellow Jackets a 42-41 loss.

The Volunteers were able to force overtime after overcoming a 14-point second-half deficit.

After Marshall scored in the second overtime, Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson immediately called timeout and elected to go for two points and the victory.

There also was that counter play, which should have been an easy two-pointer for a Georgia Tech victory, especially since its offensive line kept blowing Tennessee defenders from here to Knoxville. "We just had a few missteps and a few lost possessions and things like that that lost the game for us".

"In the second half, obviously, Marquez Callaway, what can I say about that individual?" 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.

Marshall: Marshall carried 44 times for 249 yards and five touchdowns.

The Yellow Jackets dominated the time of possession and got exceptional debuts from quarterback TaQuon Marshall and B-back KirVonte Benson. After Tech's Shawn Davis missed badly on a 47-yard field goal attempt, the Vols drove 70 yards for a TD to make it 21-14.

"Offensively, we did not play to our standard or expectation", Jones said. We'll begin to get answers to those questions tonight.

By then, you might have been ready for UT coach Butch Jones to give redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano a shot.

"I mean, this doesn't do anything to your goals other than it's a game that we should have won, and we didn't", Johnson said. "Our defense played, what, 90 something plays, and you look at that defensive front being cut blocked most of the time, I think that shows some toughness". "We'll have to try to get them rested to play".

What made significantly more noise during this Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game was Georgia Tech screaming at the top of its lungs - through the combination of its relentless triple-option and surprisingly efficient defense - that everybody better take the Jackets seriously.

Tennessee's Micah Abernathy fell on it for the Vols at the 7 with 4:50 remaining, and the Vols drove almost the length of the field to tie on John Kelly's 11-yard run with 1:29 remaining.

Not crushed by the thought that Georgia Tech's obvious scheme to infiltrate, then rule, the SEC East like some super virus had run into a real complication. Dormady completed five of six passes in the quarter for 41 yards and connected with Callaway, cutting GT's lead, 21-14. "The second half, once they got rolling, there wasn't much stopping them".

Dormady was 20 for 37 for 221 yards and two touchdowns, both to Callaway, covering 10 and 50 yards.

The Yellow Jackets finished 9-4 in 2016, going 4-4 in ACC play.

But you cannot doubt Tennessee's will to win. This week there will be a lot to correct before playing Indiana State on Saturday and a trip to Florida the week after. A Georgia Tech loss and the mumblings about Paul Johnson will turn to audible grumblings.

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