The Yellow Jackets kicked off their 2017-2018 season Monday night in Mercedes-Benz Stadium where they played host to the Tennessee Volunteers. Georgia Tech lost in double overtime by a score of 42-41. Tech’s offense started slowly most of the first quarter but found success in running the ball late with TaQuon Marshall leading the team.
TaQuon Marshall only attempted nine passes while completing five of them for 106 yards but that’s what we’ve come to expect from anyone playing QB at Georgia Tech. Where he impressed everyone was rushing for 249 yards and running in for five touchdowns. He also set a school record for most rushing yards by a QB. KirVonte Benson proved that he can play, something Tech needed after losing Marcus Marshall in the offseason and Dedrick Mills right before the season.
Georgia Tech had opportunities left and right to put the game away but were not able to finish the game. Shawn Davis missed both field goal attempts and one to win the game. As the game went to overtime you could feel Tennessee had all the momentum and proved that when the teams kept trading touchdowns. But in the second overtime Coach Paul Johnson wanted to end the game and went for two after scoring the tying touchdown. Tennessee read what Marshall was about to do and was able to prevent him from getting in and pulling off the upset.
The loss hurt a lot of Tech fans but it did show that there are playmakers on both sides of the ball. The team could make a run in the Coastal Division. Tech plays host to Jacksonville State on Saturday at Bobby Dodd at 12:30pm on the ACC Network. Fans should fully expect another big game from Marshall and a great showing from the defense.