A tough loss for Georgia Tech, but an upbeat outlook all the same

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall (right) gets a reassuring hug from cornerback Lance Austin after losing to Tennessee in double overtime. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

In the aftermath of a double-overtime loss pulled from the gaping maw of victory, a strange reaction overtook Georgia Tech on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

It showed mostly on the faces of those Yellow Jackets who practice the art of offense as per the Paul Johnson school.

Not dejection, even with the 42-41 overtime loss so fresh it still oozed blood.

Not anger after having run wild on the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium carpet, producing 655 yards of offense, and still having nothing but a season’s first loss to show for it.

Not crushed by the thought that Tech’s obvious scheme to infiltrate, then rule, the SEC East like some super virus had run into a real complication. Johnson’s three-game winning streak against the East was finished, if ever so merely.

Not even irritated by one last chorus of “Rocky Top” ringing in their ears, adding to the insult of this loss. But to the victor goes the soundtrack of the night.

No, it was more hopeful than any of that. Bordering on optimism, almost.

I’ve seen Johnson after a loss that churned his guts. This wasn’t exactly that Paul Johnson. Certainly, he was disturbed by his defense – and had arrived at the point of trying to take it completely out of the equation – rightfully I’d say – by going for two in the second overtime. But he’s always disturbed by his defense.

His offense had performed marvelously here on the stage of the second biggest college game ever played at The Benz (OK, the second college game, period). And, if not for the second of two fumbles that denied Tech its due, this could have been one of the coach’s greatest nights. The worst flashback Johnson will suffer won’t even be his bold two-point conversion being snuffed. It will have to be the memory of J.J. Green rushing downfield late in the fourth, the whole of a great victory spreading out before him, only to have the ball poked free by a trailing Rashaan Gaulden.

Even with all that, with the entire conference schedule yet to unfold, Johnson pointed out, “This doesn’t do anything to your goals other than it’s a game that we should have won, and we didn’t.”

Johnson had picked out his quarterback weeks ago yet kept to himself. But, then, every coach now puts out a depth chart that seems to be authored by P.D. James, a deep and riveting mystery. His choice, this TaQuon Marshall, lit up The Benz like a one-man halo board. The only time Tennessee caught up to him was on the night’s final play.

The realization that they had just thrown out a quarterback who on his first start set a positional record for rushing yards (249) and an overall record for rushing touchdowns (five) seemed to salve a lot of pain.

The players chosen to face the media did not trudge to the podium as if the gallows awaited, such a common sight on the losing side.

Guard Parker Braun was smiling openly as he gave his testimony to the media, like someone who saw beyond the immediate and rather enjoyed the view.

“We did exactly what we wanted to do offensively,” he said. “We just had a few missteps and a few lost possessions and things like that that lost the game for us.

“It’s frustrating, but you got to take the positives. The one positive was our offense ran really well tonight, and hopefully we can turn that into some success moving on.”

A debut such as Marshall’s can’t be hidden behind a veil of disappointment over one game. He was quicksilver this night. Although if he keeps carrying the ball 44 times a game, he’s going to be 5-foot-2 by October.

“I think I’ll be able to bounce back pretty quick. Hydrate good, eat right, go to treatment. I think I’ll be fine by Saturday,” Marshall said, proving himself a willing worker and an amateur athletic trainer.

No, the quarterback was not torn to pieces by one grating loss.

“I really wish the results would have been different. You can’t change that. I got to put it behind me and come back next week – this week – ready to work. I’m going to bring the guys on board with me, lead them. We’re going to be ready to play Saturday.”

Who was going to argue with him after the night he had?

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macufo
macufo

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ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

That's what's wrong with Tech.  They find these type of losses acceptable. 

SouthofAthens
SouthofAthens

Great performance by the offense, hopefully it wasn't because Tennessee just didn't have a clue and it was because we have something special. Maybe a combination. We've put up gaudy numbers before (UNC 2012) and haven't been world beaters. Taquon looked like he might have it though.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

GT set up for a great season. This offense will

be something great that the state of Georgia

has never seen.  What an offense.. Need a little

help from the defense and that's coming..

TOJacket
TOJacket

Those SEC defenses are tough aren't they....Haha.

bobbyross1990
bobbyross1990

@twelveofthirteen Get ready for the Irish Arce kicking Saturday. It will be fun to watch and we all will def rub it in your face ;)

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

More classless trash from a born loser. Why don't you tell the blog how you stupidly, arrogantly, and derisively predicted a victory?

You're an embarrassment to your school and fanbase.

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TOJacket August 21, 2017

It starts Labor Day evening when the Jackets sting those hillbilly's!

TOJacket August 18, 2017

We're on the verge of being 4-0 against the vaunted SEC Least in one year...piece of cake!

TOJacket August 17, 2017

I figure after we beat the Vols we will actually be SEC Least champs?...4 in a row baby!!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Average at best--but still better than you. How does it feel, gutless?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@bobbyross1990

Better tread lightly with your brash predictions there, br1990. Your classless fellow fan TOJacket got burned pretty badly by his.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@DawgNole @TOJacket Old Gator Dog keeps notes

on every post made.. Keep this one Dognole..

GT had 655 yards against a mighty SEC team.

It doesn't even matter they beat us.. 655 yards


poppadon
poppadon

Roof's bend but don't break defense seems to lose more games than it wins.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Good article as always Steve...well said Parker Braun...I had no problem going to sleep jast night, never been prouder of my Jackets!!...looks like a fun season.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Just because you are munching on some humility pie this morning doesn't change you made a bold prediction and were wrong. Lost another to the SEC East and are still an a$$ clown.

creative
creative

@twelveofthirteen do you have the prediction copied and pasted, so you can show what someone said from Sept 2015??  You are the king of the d-bags///

creative
creative

@twelveofthirteen what does your world consist of?  I am just curious.  You talk about bold predictions of a fan that said we would win.  Are you 8.  Munching on some humility pie?  did you just learn that word? 3 whole syllables. Trying to be comedic is a tough, especially from a guy that needs a stick of doucharette.  It will help.  I have given it to may d-bags in the past and it helped them.  My friends that are UGA grads laugh at your type.  You are a joke to them.  Your life consists of getting on these posts and making a fool of yourself.  Its like the retarded kid that let's the other kids make fun of him for attention.  Do you have a go dawgs sticker on you lame truck?  You wouldn't be caught dead without a UGA golf shirt on the weekend.  Gotta support the team...right?

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Get it all out dbag. You are the one that rants a paragraph about how upsetting blog posts make you. Nice analysis and go get some therapy you freak!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

You're questioning someone else's thinking when you post trash like this?

Grow up and get a life, you piece of garbage.

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TOJacket August 21, 2017

It starts Labor Day evening when the Jackets sting those hillbilly's!

TOJacket August 18, 2017

We're on the verge of being 4-0 against the vaunted SEC Least in one year...piece of cake!

TOJacket August 17, 2017

I figure after we beat the Vols we will actually be SEC Least champs?...4 in a row baby!!

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@DawgNole @TOJacket It did start Labor Day genius dwag and it's coming after the leghumpers in November.. Feel it yet? You will..

Swampcotton
Swampcotton

Saw two really good teams at the new stadium last night.  Both will win a lot of games.  Marshall and Benson are big time players.


Tech had its chances and I really like the going for two call.


Ramble Tech!

EvanT
EvanT

What would it take in clutch underperformance and lack of pass defense for Ted Roof to change--or Johnson to change HIM?

TOJacket
TOJacket

@EvanT Our defense played pretty good...just got tired, Vols have depth, we don't.

Millyvegas Stinger
Millyvegas Stinger

Ditto TO Jacket. And my prediction was Lucas Johnson would be startingQB. little did I know. OL was a beast.

AlreadySheared
AlreadySheared

@TOJacket @EvanT Got tired?!?!  Tired of what, sitting and watching the game? They played 18 minutes of regulation. Surely there is someone, SOMEONE out there better than Ted Roof that Johnson can get.

creative
creative

@twelveofthirteen You also have a lot of depth.  You're deep...Very deep.  A deep thinker, a deep receptacle for those nights when your wife is out with the girls....You just have depth man.  And I am sure you would be a great guy to have a beer with.  You know with all the depth that is 12of13....

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

You upset Nancy? Stick to the teams and programs and leave the psycho analysis to the pros you freak!