ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: TaQuon Marshall #16 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is tackled by Cortez McDowell #20 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 4, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tennessee-Georgia Tech caps epic Week 1 of college football with overtime thriller


Georgia Tech was looking to ruin coach Butch Jones and Tennessee's first game of the season and looked to be doing that for the majority of the game thanks to the dangerous triple option. However, they ended up losing 42-41 in a double-overtime thriller.

In fact, the GT offense put up over 600 yards of offense, including over 500 coming on the ground. They also rushed for the most yards against Tennessee in the program's history and still somehow found a way to lose.

The Yellow Jackets went up 28-14 in the fourth quarter, but Tennessee forced some timely turnovers and tied the game with under three minutes to go. Tech had a chance to win it in regulation with a very makeable field goal, but that was blocked and it forced an overtime:

The teams then traded touchdowns for two overtimes until GT coach Paul Johnson decided to end it one way or the other with a two-point conversion in the second overtime.


Tennessee's replacement for Josh Dobbs in Quinten Dormady had a rough start to the game, but really looked good in the second half. He settled down and finished completing 20-of-37 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, GT quarterback TaQuon Marshall set numerous school records including rushing attempts and yards for a QB and touchdowns in a game with five of those. He had 120 yards passing and 249 rushing yards.

With the loss, GT ended up on the wrong side of history: