Georgia Tech opener draws huge overnight rating on ESPN

TaQuon Marshall picks up ACC honors

Marshall proved a worthy successor at quarterback to three-year starter Justin Thomas, not only with his running ability but also showing a good arm (5 of 9 for 120 yards).

Of course, the game would have never gone into overtime in the first place had Paul Bain not blocked Georgia Tech's field goal attempt in the final moment of regulation.

The Tennessee Vols landed at 25 in week 1 of the AP college football poll. Tennessee coach Butch Jones and Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson have not announced who will start under center, as the No. 24 Volunteers and Georgia Tech begin their campaigns looking to replace long-time starting quarterbacks.

"I'm looking forward to doing great things this season", Marshall said. The Vols were two of seven.

 Tech converted 13 of 18 third downs. The big play on the drive was a 44-yard pass from Marshall to Ricky Jeune. John Kelly, played very well. Marshall scored from a yard out for Georgia Tech but Tennessee answered when Kelly was ruled to have crossed the goal line upon a review to tie the game at 35-35.

But Tennessee finally figured out a way to stop him on the 2-point try. "We found out about our will to win". "It was kind of like a scramble drill".

Allow the opposing quarterback to rush for 249 yards and five touchdowns.

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Kelly finished with 130 yards on 19 carries with four touchdowns. I mean, he made nice play, broke a tackle. "He plays the ball very, very well in the air, and he was able to high point the ball a couple times".

Player of the game: John Kelly.

"He's a walk-on that works two jobs to pay his own way and make ends meet".

"He played his tail off", Johnson said. "(I thought) whatever I have to do". Dormady connected with Callaway for a 10-yard touchdown in the right corner of the end zone to cut the lead to 21-14. "We have to get a lot better and make tremendous progress".

But, that version of the Tech defense rarely showed itself after that.

Still, Georgia Tech had a chance to put the game away with another methodical drive and appeared ready to do just that when J.J. No. 2 receiver Tyler Byrd struggled with drops in contested situations but Callaway thrived, racking up 115 yards and two touchdowns in the second half and overtime.

Pinned at its five, the Jackets advanced to its 46 before coughing up a fumble forced by Daniel Bituli and recovered by Cortez McDowell. In nine seasons plus one game, Tech has scored 30 points 11 times and not won. It was a decent outing defensively for ISU, holding Eastern Illinois to 278 yards of total offense while forcing a fumble, Indiana State just couldn't get the stops they needed when push came to shove, as seen by the game-winning Eastern Illinois touchdown with:03 seconds left in the game.

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"I was joking around with my teammates, 'I lost in the semifinals two times my junior and senior year". 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. Kirvonte Benson also went over the 100-yard mark with 124 yards on 26 attempts.

GAME NOTES ... Dormady finished 20-for-37 passing for 221 yards and two scores.

Watching the Georgia Tech season opener was a popular way to end Labor Day weekend. For the game, the Vols were credited with 132 tackles ... Freshman signee Brenton King will get a shot in the next game, according to Johnson.

Georgia Tech will officially host its home opener this Saturday against Jacksonville State, who hasn't played since August 26.

Tennessee evened the score with 8:11 left in the half on a 1-yard dive by Kelly.

Quinten Dormady and the offense finally fell into a rhythm on Monday night following a rough start in the first half.

GEORGIA TECH - TaQuon Marshall 1 run (Shawn Davis kick); 5-25, 28-35.

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