The Georgia native was a flawless 3-for-3 on field goal tries, including the game-winner from 37 yards out with 2:13 to play. "We knew that this was a game where you had to show some resolve and grit". Instead, GT was doomed by their one-sided offense and their D's inability to make key plays in decisive moments.
Tennessee's first score of the night came off a big defensive play.
Jennings sustained the injury in the second quarter after catching three passes for 17 yards.
The last play of Marshall's outing was a two-point conversion try that decided the game in double overtime.
And the Vols cashed in, moving 93 yards in just seven plays before Kelly ran in from 11 yards out to knot the game at 28-all with 1:29 remaining.
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.
Darrell Taylor nailed Marshall on the keeper, and Marshall tried to improvise with a desperation heave.
Dormady, who was making his first start as a Vol, went 20-for-37 for 221 passing yards a pair of touchdowns.
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Tennessee (1-0) was led by running back John Kelly, who ran 19 times for 128 yards and four touchdowns.
With Georgia Tech's triple option offense, opportunities for Tennessee's offense would be limited and as the first half played on, Dormady and the Vols had a hard time finding an offensive rhythm.
To celebrate Dodd and his ties to Tennessee and Georgia Tech, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game featured field logos and signage of The Dodd Trophy throughout Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The realization that they had just thrown out a quarterback who on his first start set a positional record for rushing yards (249) and an overall record for rushing touchdowns (five) seemed to salve a lot of pain.
A fourth-down stop by Tennessee's defense with 3:14 left in the third started the Vol's 70-yard scoring series.
"My sophomore and junior years in high school, we actually lost to a team that ran that same offense". He then noted, correctly, that his offense hogged the ball for 41 minutes and 27 seconds to Tennessee's 18:33.
Kelly broke four runs of over 16 yards, while his longest was a 30-yard scamper in the third quarter. The fumble was recovered by Tennessee's Micah Abernathy at the 7.
"I took this game to heart, I wanted to prove that I belonged to be in the lineup and I feel like I did that", Bituli said.
Call them lucky, but the Tennessee Volunteers found any way possible to come out with a victory in what could have been a rambling wreck against Georgia Tech. We've taken these nine days to get better as a football team. We have to turn around now with a short work week and get into Neyland Stadium Saturday afternoon. "We've got to keep the momentum going in the second half". The only two games with superior overnight ratings within the last year were Ohio State-Michigan State last year on November 19 and Ohio State-Indiana this past Thursday.