Tennessee, Wolf Brothers Rally Past Georgia Tech in a 2OT Thriller to Kick Off Season

Staff Writer

The Tennessee Volunteers escaped the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta with a thrilling 42-41 double overtime comeback win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game on Monday when the Vols stopped Georgia Tech on a two-point conversion in double overtime.

Ethan Wolf, a Minster grad and Tennessee senior, caught four passes for 33 yards, for Tennessee, which went to overtime in an opening game for the second straight season.

Wolf caught a six-yard pass from quarterback Quentin Dormandy in the second quarter to convert a third down and five down to the Georgia Tech one  yard line. A play later, John Kelly ran in from one yard out to tie the game 7-7.

After Georgia Tech’s run-heavy triple-option offense put the Jackets up 14-7 later in the second quarter, Wolf snagged a 10-yard reception from Dormandy.

Wolf caught a 14-yard pass on a touchdown drive in the third quarter down to the Georgia Tech 35 yard line, helping Tennessee pull to within 21-14 with 2:32 left in the third.

With the Vols trailing 28-21 and time running out, they drove from their own seven down the field for the tying touchdown. Wolf contributed a three-yard reception on the drive that ended with a Kelly 11-yard touchdown run with 1:29 left in regulation.

The two teams traded touchdowns in the overtime. Tennessee took a seven point lead in the second extra period. After Georgia Tech scored to draw within one point, Jackets head coach Paul Johnson decided to put the game on the line on a two-point conversion. The gamble didn’t pay off, as Tennessee forced an incomplete pass and survived the opening-game challenge from the ACC squad.

Tennessee’s home opener is slated for Sept. 9 against Indiana State at 4 p.m.