Georgia vs. Clemson - Post Game Quotes
Aug. 30, 2014
Georgia Post-Game Quotes
Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt
"It was a great second half. 21-21 in the first half and both teams were flying around, wanting to win. It was a game of momentum, and I think by far the biggest play was the kickoff return for a touchdown. It just got us back in it. We made a commitment this week that even if it was three, four, five, even six yards deep, we were coming out of there. We did a good job of blocking and Coach (Tony) Ball set it up well. We put our very best players on special teams and it paid off."
"We knew we had fine backs and we knew at some point in the game that we'd have fresh legs in there and tired people trying to tackle them. And that's what happened in the second half."
"I want to tell the fans thank you. They were so awesome. The Dog Walk was phenomenal. It was as good as it's ever been. Clemson had to use some timeouts because of the noise and everyone had the red-out in mind."
"Defensively in the second half, we took a little pressure off our corners by not playing as much man coverage. We challenged our men inside to keep them from running the football and we got a lot of good stuff. Jeremy (Pruitt) did a good job making the change. (Leonard) Floyd and (Jordan) Jenkins on the edge are formidable guys, and our inside linebackers played well for the most part. They moved the ball some on us, but after a little while, we shut that down as well."
"We did well in every phase of the special teams. We made all our extra points, we had a kickoff return for a touchdown, kickoff coverage was mostly outstanding, our punting was solid and we were close on breaking some punt returns. Overall, we did a great job."
"Hutson Mason was solid. He managed the game well. Clemson has a formidable pass rush, so he had to get rid of it sooner than he wanted. But we'll get better at throwing and catching."
"We'll use next week to get stronger. We'll get some lifts in, we'll mostly meet on Monday, practice Tuesday through Thursday, and we'll give them the weekend off. Our staff will spend some good time getting ready for South Carolina."
TB Todd Gurley
On being a leader and getting into the defensive huddle...
"I had a lot more energy than I usually do. It's always good to see a defensive guy in the offensive huddle so when they see an offensive guy in their huddle they get more pumped up and start feeling more confident. They know that the rest of the team is there with them and they get after it."
On his kickoff return for a touchdown...
"Coach Ball and Coach Lilly had a great game plan and we knew that we would have the middle of the field open. I just had to get there and get through the hole. Luckily I was able to do that and I just kept running."
QB Hutson Mason
On Todd Gurley's performance...
"He makes it easy for us. You just have to give him the ball every chance you get. We have some pretty good backups too. Sony [Michele] and Nick Chubb are both really great. We knew Nick's skillset coming into the game today and he ran well. He reminds me a lot of Todd."
On today's win...
"The credit for this game really goes to our offensive line and the defense. It's frustrating when you're an offense out there and the defense has been playing so well but you can't really get anything going. We just kept telling each other that each drive was going to be the one that we got started rolling. Then Todd took that one to the house and we just never looked back."
FS Corey Moore
On the running game...
"We have a lot of really great backs on our team. Those guys really just controlled the game and gave us as a defense a lot of rest. When they go out there and run like that, it makes our job a lot easier."
On the key to the defense performing the way it did in the second half...
"Everybody just has to do their assignments. We had a few hiccups in the first half but we looked past it and communicated better and we played our game and executed. We just have to get better from here. It's only one game."
OLB Leonard Floyd
On playing all over the field tonight...
"I feel very comfortable playing around like that because in Prep School I played multiple positions. [Defensive coordinator Jeremy] Pruitt just put me in the right position to make plays and I was able to do that."
On if there were any second half adjustments to the defensive game plan...
"There weren't really any adjustments at halftime. Coach Pruitt just told us to keep playing our stuff and the execution came through late in the game."
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