Vols ‘Will to Win’ Rally Stuns Georgia Tech in Double Overtime
Turns out the Vols did have Butch Jones back last night, although it took awhile.
Tennessee never led Georgia Tech in regulation, and the Vols defense surrenderd the most rushing yards in school history.
Not what you would call a winning formula, but Tennessee made it work to claim a season opening victory.
How did Tennessee wind up with the victorious leather helmet against Georgia Tech?
The Yellow Jackets dominated with over 600-yards of offense and 535-yard rushing.
Said Jones:”We spoke about all week long about a will to win. That was kind of the thing with Team 121, we’d find out are will to win. We knew that this was going to be a game that you had to show some resolve and grit.”
Reporter:”I imagine this has to be up there in terms of disappointing losses with the way you were in control.”
Said Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson:”I don’t think I’ve ever been in a game where you run 96 plays and have 655 yards and lose.”
The Vols offense came to life in the second half thanks to Marquez Callaway, who had 115 yards receiving on just four catches.
Said Jones:”Obviously, Marquez Callaway. What can I say about that individual. He sparked us.”
Tech had a chance to win on the final play of the game, but Paul Bain blocked the game winning field goal attempt.
Said Jones:”What can I say about Paul Bain. He’s a walk-on. Pays his own way for school. Has two jobs to make ends-meat. We put him on there. I tell you what. Just coming from the locker room, he got probably the biggest cheer.”
A Tennessee defense that struggled all night got the stop they needed in double overtime, as Georgia Tech elected to go for two and the win.
The Vols stuffed the play and won 42-41.
Said Johnson:”That play was so. That should have been a walk-in, and we screwed that up, so we didn’t deserve to win.”