Sept. 29, 2012
Georgia Post-Game Quotes
Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt
"It's nice to have a gut check and come out on top. A lot of things in the first half deflated us, but we realized where we were, we knew we had to play another 30 minutes, and we rose to the occasion when we needed to. We kept them out of the end zone when we needed to, we got turnovers when we needed to and we did what we had to do to win. I'm going to focus on the positives because we got the win. ... We're 5-0 and 3-0 in the SEC, so we're exactly where we want to be. We're going to enjoy the victory and make the corrections we need to make."
"Tennessee is very talented. They have good-looking athletes. They have all the pools to move the ball and make big plays and they did. But the defense got the stops when we needed them and we got the turnovers when we needed them. ... Tennessee is very good. I think Derek (Dooley) has got them going in the right direction. They're going to be a pain in the rear for some time to come."
"(Rambo and Ogletree) ended up being the top two tacklers. They had some rust, no doubt, but you can't replace their athleticism and their ability to make plays. I'm glad we got them back and they got the rust out. Hopefully next week they'll be even better."
"(Marshall and Gurley) are really fantastic players. I wouldn't trade them for anything."
On the South Carolina game...
"South Carolina is a huge game, we all know that. We've got a lot of respect for them. They've beaten us the last two games, so we've got something to prove. If we can keep improving, get prepared and stay together, we have a good chance to get after it. We're going to Columbia for a 60-minute war."
Quarterback Aaron Murray
On the running backs...
"I knew that they'd be good. Keith got here in January and had a great spring. And then with [Todd Gurley], we knew that he was going to be a special player after fall camp."
On the play in the first half...
"It was a little slopping in the first half just giving away the ball, but we came in at halftime and looked at things. We were playing pretty well except for the fumbles, so we knew we could have a good second half if we could protect the ball."
On his first quarter interception...
"I was upset about it, but you have to move on and try to make plays later in the game."
Tailback Todd Gurley
On the performance today...
"We made some mistakes but it takes a good team to finish like that. I think it says a lot about the team to take the win back like that."
"I just kept trying to move the ball forward and focus on the next play. I felt good out there and had some space."
Tailback Keith Marshall
On the fumble...
"I put extra pressure on myself [after the fumble], but the coaches and the rest of the team kept telling me that everyone makes mistakes and that I had to move on."
On the offensive line... "The O-line is playing great. I had some huge holes all day. They keep playing better each week."
Cornerback Sanders Commings
On Tennessee's offense...
Hats off to Tennessee, they were manning up to block and we weren't able to get a lot of pressure.
On this week...
I'm ready to get prepped for South Carolina. That's a bug test for us and we know that we have to have a good week of practice.
On the interceptions...
Both of the [interceptions] felt good. I saw the ball well and was able to get there in time. It's always great to help the team, especially late in the game.
Free Safety Marc Deas
On the blocked punt...
"It felt like I had just scored a touchdown. It's still pretty surreal--I'm still a little shaken up by it."
"It makes me feel so good because special teams plays like that don't come about often. I was glad that I saw that weakness and was able to take advantage of it."
Tennessee Post-Game Quotes
Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley
"You have to give a lot of credit to Georgia. They are a great football team and a heck of an offensive football team. I am proud of this team for fighting. I think we showed that we have some resilience in this ball team, but we a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball. We are leaving here a better team than when we got here."
On his team...
"There is a lot of disappointment. We kept hanging in there but couldn't get over the hump and get a stop when we needed it. We had the ball in the last possession and had an opportunity to score, but we didn't get it done. We haven't been in those situations a lot. We are going to learn from it and next time execute it better."
On the defense ... "We are better in a lot of areas, but we have to shore up the run defense. Georgia is a great running team but we are a lot better than what we showed out there today. It was frustrating. We have to go back, watch some film and look at our personnel. If we have to make some changes, then we will make changes. We have to learn to play better."
On the 20-3 run that ended the first half...
"I've always believed that this team has some fight in them. We just had to go out there and prove it. We got hit by a freight train early in the game, but we were able to fight back and get back into it. We went toe to toe with a top-10 team that will be competing for a national championship. Georgia was ready to play and we were on our heels early. We showed that we could fight back and make some plays when we needed too, but we still have room to improve."
Tight End Michael Rivera
"We came into this game with a lot of confidence, but it just didn't work out like we thought it would. Through all the disappointment, I think the team grew a lot. We're disappointed but as always, stay positive and look forward to the next game."
Wide Receiver Zach Rogers
"We showed a lot of heart tonight, and I think that's something we can take forward into the rest of the season. We've shown we can hang in there with a top-five team and go toe-to-toe with the best of them. We learned a lot about ourselves tonight."