Tennessee-Georgia Tech live updates: Score, stats, analysis for Week 1 game

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Tennessee-Georgia Tech live

Tennessee-Georgia Tech live

Tennessee-Georgia Tech live updates, score

HALFTIME: Georgia Tech 14, Tennessee 7

Some stats for you:

Tennessee Category Georgia Tech
5 First downs 12
94 Total yards 226
8-42 Rushing 39-167
52 Passing  59
0 Turnovers 1
8:43 Possession 21:17
2-7 3rd downs 8-11

Second quarter

— One stat that is not favorable to the Vols: Tech has owned the ball for 21 minutes, 10 seconds of the first half. The Vols? The other 7:39 with just 1:11 left in the half.

Georgia Tech 14, Tennessee 7

— DirVonte Benson scores from the 1 on second down with 1:11 left to play in the half.

Tennessee 7, Georgia Tech 7

— John Kelly scores from the 1 with 8:11 left in the half to pull the Vols even.

— Tennessee comes up with a turnover after Daniel Bituli forced a fumble and Cortez McDowell recovered it. It’s first-and-10 Vols at the Georgia Tech 46 with more than 10 minutes to play in the half. Tech still leading, 7-0.

— Evan Berry returned the kickoff 51 yards to the Georgia Tech 45 and the Vols open the second quarter in Tech territory.

First quarter

Georgia Tech 7, Tennessee 0

— TaQuon Marshall punched in the game’s first score from the 1 with 6 seconds left in the first quarter. Georgia Tech drove 86 yards on 12 plays and ate up nearly 7 minutes of the clock.

— Quinten Dormady got the start for Tennessee at quarterback. The Vols received the opening kickoff and after John Kelly gained 7 yards on first down, Dormady hit Juauan Jennings for 5 yards and a first down. But the drive stalled and UT punted.

 

Tennessee-Georgia Tech game time, information

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Date: Monday, Sept. 4

TV: ESPN

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Tennessee-Georgia Tech preview

Quarterback play

The Vols quarterbacks don’t have to win the game for their team — they just can’t lose it.

That means good decision making by Tennessee’s Quinten Dormady/Jarrett Guarantano, along with execution (clean snaps, accurate passes) and effective game management (no delay of games, proper protections/checks/audibles).

Vols defensive tackles

Now, more than ever, Tennessee needs Reginald McKenzie Jr. to live up to his 5-star billing. No player on defense has more pressure on him tonight in Atlanta than McKenzie, who has flashed brilliance at times, but has yet to win the highest praise of the coaching staff and teammates. This could be his breakthrough moment.

Senior Kendal Vickers has been appointed a game week captain, a reward for his tremendous offseason and his history of soldiering through bumps and bruises while producing the most consistent results. Shy Tuttle isn’t expected to play, so if Alexis Johnson or Quay Picou could provide a lift that would be a bonus.

Keep an eye out for true freshman Matthew Butler, who arrived at Tennessee with a championship mindset and a work ethic to match.

Running back John Kelly

Yes, No. 4 is only one player, but he’s the toughest player on the team and he’ll likely touch the ball more than any other skill position player on Monday night.

Kelly was recruited to play safety by Michigan State and Michigan, because he hit so hard at Oak Park High School.

Instead, be chose to be a tailback at Tennessee, and tonight will be an indication if he chose the right position — is John Kelly an NFL talent at running back?

Defensive coaching staff

The Magic Show. The Brady. Mr. Intensity. The Tennessee defensive coaching staff has years upon years of experience agains the triple option, but do they have the knack to teach how to defend it? More importantly, do they have the players that can execute their game plan?

Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop wisely prepared several layers of defense to face Georgia Tech, and now it’s time to cash in after Kirkland Jr. and Smith were lost to injury for this game.

If the scheme is sound, and the players are motivated, Tennessee should have the talent to get it done on defense Monday night in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

SEC Country picks

Blake Morgan’s pick: Tennessee 28, Georgia Tech 17

“Georgia Tech has a new quarterback, and their offense won’t have the continuity the option needs to be successful.”

Mike Griffith’s pick: Tennessee 21, Georgia Tech 16

“Tennessee’s special teams will lift the Vols in what figures to be a physical game of field position and conservative offensive play calling by both teams.”

Josh Ward’s pick: Tennessee 28, Georgia Tech 24

“Tennessee’s defense will make a big play that will prove to be the difference in the end.”

Dustin Dopirak’s pick: Tennessee 21, Georgia Tech 17

“Even with the injury to Darrin Kirkland, Tennessee has enough perimeter talent on defense to slow Georgia Tech’s option attack.”

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