Three Reasons Tennessee Edged Georgia Tech in Overtime
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Three Reasons Tennessee Edged Georgia Tech in Overtime

In what was one of the more perplexing games I’ve seen, Tennessee outlasted Georgia Tech at the Mercedes Benz Dome, 42-41 in double overtime.

Here are three reasons why.

John Kelly’s Legs

The Vols offense was marred with inconsistent quarterback play and drops by open receivers in the first half. The solution came from a familiar face and one not so familiar.

John Kelly finished the game with 128 yards rushing on 19 carries. The Detroit, Michigan native score four touchdowns for Tennessee, including two scores in the extra periods.

 

Marquez Callaway’s athletic feats

Marquez Callaway played his first real action for the Vols tonight and didn’t disappoint. The sophomore caught only four passes, but turned two of those receptions in for scores.

With Ethan Wolf struggling with drops, Jauan Jennings exiting the game with a wrist injury and other receivers failing to get separation, Tennessee need another playmaker and Callaway stepped up.

Special Teams

This, more than anything, is the reason Tennessee stayed in the game.

Trevor Daniels has a 70-yard punt. He also managed to put five of his boots inside the 20. When the Vols needed to flip the field, Daniels was their man. He consistently tried to bail out Tennessee’s defense.

Evan Berry was just as electric as he’s ever been. The senior return specialist only managed to nab two returns, but made the most out of them. He took the first 35 yards and the second 51. The Vols weren’t able to turn either into scores, but helped the defense out with good field position.

Then there was the block.

With three seconds left in the game, it was on Tech kicker Shawn Davis to seal the game with a 37-yard field goal. Then this happened.


No doubt this earns walk-on Paul Bain a scholarship.

The Vols may have given up 535 rushing yards, but they survived. The home opener quickly approaches as Indiana State comes to Neyland Stadium Saturday at 4pm ET.

 

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