Safe to say Bain has three jobs now, as you can add saving Tennessee and Jones from the clutches of defeat to the growing list of jobs Bain is responsible for after the epic season opener in Atlanta.
The Tennessee season opener victory against Georgia tech gave Vol fans yet another heart pounding thriller Monday night. "We knew this would be a game where we had to show some resolve, some grit".
Georgia Tech ran 96 plays, rolled up 655 yards of total offense, 535 of it coming on the ground, and had a player who finished the game with 389 yards and five touchdowns all by himself.
Bituli, a sophomore linebacker, got word he was starting at strong-side linebacker against Georgia Tech just four days before when presumed starter Austin Smith went down in practice with an injury.
In conjunction with the GOLDOUT game, Georgia Tech's official GOLDOUT t-shirts are now available for purchase.
Of course, just as last season proved you can rely on such efforts only so often before you're too exhausted or emotionally spent to keep repeating them, the Vols would be wise not to continue to count on the cloth their players are cut from or their love of the grind to keep manufacturing football miracles. Johnson certainly made the right call there.
"I'm grinding horse feed essentially", said Bain. "We screwed that up, so we didn't deserve to win".
RUSHINGTennessee, J.Kelly 19-128, Dormady 2-13, Chandler 1-7.
Tennessee came up with a pair of turnovers, including J.J. Green's fumble when the Yellow Jackets appeared to be driving for a clinching score in regulation.More news: Time Warner Cable Customer Records Leaked in Data Breach
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Tennessee, with a new quarterback of its own, drove 93 yards to make it 28-all. The former Boerne High quarterback entered Monday's game taking over for veteran Joshua Dobbs, who is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"He played his tail off", Tech coach Paul Johnson said of Marshall.
Marshall went long across to the middle to Qua Searcy for a 42-yard strike down to the Tennessee 7-yard line.
It was all that mattered to the Vols.
"We talked about our will to win", Jones told ESPN's Maria Taylor, who was the first person to present Jones with a microphone after Tennessee defensive end Darrell Taylor stopped Georgia Tech's attempt at an all-or-nothing 2-point conversion to end the game. "All week I said I'd make the most of my opportunities and God just blessed me at the right place, right time with the right ability". Callaway had a big game on the outside, hauling in four passes for 115 and two touchdowns to help spark UT's offense.
"We need to spend a lot of time on this video, but tackling, being able to - we had way too many missed tackles", Jones said.
Tennessee: A huge boost for a team that hasn't won a Southeastern Conference title since its national championship season of 1998.
Georgia Tech (0-1) got a record performance from quarterback TaQuon Marshall, who was making his first start. Even though the Yellow Jackets finished last in the ACC in passing yards per game in 2016, they ranked first in yards per pass. He was also 5-of-9 for 120 yards through the air. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, the defense totally broke down toward the end of the game despite being on the sideline much of the night. The game came down to the toe of the freshman kicker Davis for a 36-yard field goal attempt.