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Johnson’s gamble gives Tennessee a win

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tennessee Volunteers left the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. with a win during the Chick-fil-A kickoff game. But they needed to escape in double overtime to get the win, though.

The No. 25 Volunteers defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 42-41.

John Kelly (Getty Images)

John Kelly (Getty Images)

This was the third overtime game of the weekend. Only two of them went to second overtime or more.

The Rhode Island Rams lost 30-27 to the Central Michigan Chippewas in triple OT.

Instead of going for a third overtime with an extra point, Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson elected to go for the win. The gutsy call did not work out for him, as his team lost the season-opener.

TaQuon Marshall first ran the ball after it was snapped. However, he ran into the Volunteers defense, before trying to pass the ball to a teammate.

As he did that, the pass hit the ground, before it was picked up by KirVonte Benson. That ended the game.

Marshall, who got the starting job right before the game, had 249 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He also had 120 passing yards.

Benson, who had a 124 rushing yards, also had a one-yard rushing touchdown.

Volunteers quarterback Quinten Dormady had 221 passing yards. He also hit Marquez Callaway for two touchdowns.

John Kelly, who had a 128 rushing yards, also had four touchdowns.

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