Oct. 7, 2012
Head Coach Mark Richt
Like I told the guys, we took a whipping, but the good news was that we all took it together. I don't think anyone could look in the mirror and say 'I had a great day but the other boys didn't.' I don't think either side of the ball could say 'We did our job and the other boys didn't.' It was a team loss. We got beat by a very good team that was primed and ready to go. I thought their fans were outstanding. I guess they broke a new record in attendance. They grabbed the momentum early and held on to it. The second quarter, I thought we slowed them down a little bit and stopped the bleeding to a certain degree. I thought the momentum was up for grabs in the second half. Their defense the entire night just took care of business. We have to give them credit. The other thing I told the guys is whether you lose by 28 or you lose in overtime, it is still a loss. That doesn't mean the season is over for Georgia. We still have an opportunity to keep fighting and keep playing and getting better and winning. If we are able to do that, then we will have a chance to get back to Atlanta and that's where we want to be.
On the speed of the South Carolina defense...
They've got great speed. They are very long human beings. They are 6-8, 6-6 and have long arms. I think a couple times we were blocking them halfway decent trying to run them by the quarterback, but they are just so long and they are so athletic that [Aaron] Murray was getting grabbed right at the last moment as he was trying to move up into the pocket. We did a good job at times.
On the first few South Carolina drives...
Three touchdowns in a row unanswered ,and we might have had a couple first downs here and there so it resembled a drive. It was nothing that really threatened them. We started to get some stops on defense and once you start getting stops it stabilizes to where, if you are able to put seven on the board before the half and you get the ball, you're not in that bad of shape.
Sanders Commings Cornerback Senior
On what South Carolina was doing that was so efficient in the first quarter... Nothing special at all. It was just lack of focus. When that happens, it is easy for a team to make a big play and that's what they did.
Aaron Murray Quarterback Junior
On what the loss does to Georgia's morale...
It stinks. We felt like we had a great rhythm offensively going on in the first five games. We've got to go back, watch the film and make corrections and get better. It's still a long season to go and there's still six games left. Plenty of chances to get better, more games to win. We just have to watch the film and get better.
On how big South Carolina's punt return touchdown was...
It was huge. They built up a whole lot of momentum and it's hard when a team like that gets rolling.
On how much of a roadblock it is when the running game can't get going...
They did a great job defensively putting us in the situation of having third and longs. That's not where you want to be. I know we had our shots, I know we weren't executing whenever we had them. We just have to go watch the film and having a bye week is huge for us to work on some fundamentals and get ready for the next opponent.
Jarvis Jones Outside Linebacker Junior
On what South Carolina was doing in the first quarter that was so effective...
I think they just came out and made a couple big plays in the first quarter and scored on them. They really didn't do anything else until the big play in the third quarter and had the last play in the fourth quarter. I think we held them in check but being down 21-0 in the first quarter, that's hard to come by, especially by a team in the SEC.
On how Georgia adjusted to hold South Carolina scoreless in the second quarter...
Just communicated better, we knew what they were doing. They had a 21-point lead and they just tried to sit on it. We just kept stuffing the run.