What Mark Richt had to say after victory over Kentucky …

Transcript of Georgia coach Mark Richt’s postgame news conference:

Opening comments:

“We’re very, very excited about winning a game somewhere besides Athens. It’s good to get three victories in a row. It’s good to even up our record in league play and overall. We’ve caught a good little bit of momentum, and I was really proud of how we came out ready to play again. I thought the guys started fast. We were very fortunate to get the turnovers that we got and the kickoff return and even a fourth down stop. All those things were huge for us in the first half and we took advantage of most of those things. We did miss a field goal that could have been problematic as that game went on. You have to give Kentucky credit. It was the same score as it was a week ago, 28-10, and a week ago they came back and won it. If we didn’t put some points on the board I believe they would have won it again. So I was just happy we came out in the second half and got a good drive and put some points on the board. If we didn’t score that other touchdown, I’m not sure we could have held them off. It was just, overall, a good game and a good victory for us.”

On Kentucky’s defense in first half vs. second half:

“Well, this game in particular, let’s face it, was it three or four turnovers in the first half? [Three.] I mean, that’s hard to overcome for any defense. Our field position was tremendous. It’s hard to keep people out of the endzone when you have such a short field to defend. And seven points was a kickoff return for us. It’s hard to start fast defensively when that many turnovers are happening. I think, really, we didn’t really drive the field until the opening drive of the second half – everything was short field. We only had like 90 yards of offense in the first half. I didn’t think they played poorly, actually. It looks worse on the scoreboard, but those turnovers will kill you.”

On catching some breaks:

“I don’t know. We’re playing hard. We’re playing with a lot more confidence right now. For whatever reason we’re knocking a lot more balls out and when the ball’s on the ground it’s closer to us and we’re getting on it. We’ve had years or games where the ball is on the ground and we just can’t find a way to get on the darn thing. Usually whoever it’s closer to gets it. It does bounce a certain way, and we’ve had some good bounces lately.”

On the impact of Brandon Boykin’s kickoff return:

“Well it was huge. Any time you can get a touchdown that fast it’s spectacular. It was a great job by Coach Ball and that group. Last week, really, they were probably the worst I’ve seen them in awhile. We did not have a very good kickoff return unit a week ago. So we challenged them and Coach Ball made some nice adjustments and everybody responded well to it. It was good to see Boykin get his fourth return for a touchdown. I don’t know what our record is but he’s probably pretty close.”

On Washaun Ealey’s play:

“Well it was great. He’s been running pretty good all year; the ball’s just been squirting out. Last three games he’s not had an issue with that, although there was a ball that got loose in the Tennessee game but it got out of bounds. But the last two games I don’t think the ball’s gotten out at all. That’s good; he needs to do that. That’s part of the job description is to hang on to the football. But he also ran very hard, he ran downhill. He was excited about playing the game, and even when he got banged up he wanted to get back in the game. Scored five touchdowns, set the school record for rushing touchdowns; [that] is pretty special and he earned it.”

(Transcript provided by University of Kentucky.)

Click here for Kentucky coach Joker Phillips’ postgame comments about Georgia.

And click here for a lot more on Georgia’s third consecutive victory.

119 comments Add your comment

UGA Blue 2012

October 24th, 2010
1:34 am

patrick

October 24th, 2010
1:35 am

Stevo

October 24th, 2010
1:36 am

Sounds good to me…Glad Ealey’s getting on track

crap sandwich

October 24th, 2010
1:48 am

Meaningless win in many ways in comparison to next week. GA has to beat UF, period. This drought against the Gators needs to end. This game will be all about GA’s mental frame of mind if it faces any adversity against the Gators. This will not be all about game planning, but mental preparation. The dawgs should feel they have a great chance next week…..if we don’t wilt under the pressure.

drbasic1

October 24th, 2010
1:49 am

Was glad to see the win….not going to moan and groan tomuch, but i do worryabout our secondary. I do worry about Auburn, but i think i will relish in this victory until lets say…Monday….here we come gators!!!

SouthGADawg

October 24th, 2010
1:55 am

All the wins now are BIG and meaningful. Only by winning out can we get back in the SEC race. FL is big and so is Auburn. Way to keep the hope alive, Dawgs!

Statesborodawg13

October 24th, 2010
2:09 am

Fantastic job, Ealey! Great ball protection, great downhill hard running, great finding holes.

You carried the Dawgs tonite, made the $24.99 I spent on PPV worth every penny. Keep it up!

Go Dawgs, beat the Gators.

Bruce Mac

October 24th, 2010
2:23 am

Please, quit acting like our team is relavent. Dawgs are extremely average and if we beat the Gators, who in the world cares. They are average as well. So your midget is bigger than my midget, it is still a midget and the Dawgs are going to some meaningless bowl game in some podunk town. Big friggin deal.

[...] Mark Richt’s postgame comments, including this: “We’re very, very excited about winning a game somewhere besides Athens. It’s good to get three victories in a row. It’s good to even up our record in league play and overall. We’ve caught a good little bit of momentum, and I was really proud of how we came out ready to play again.” [...]

Fred in Columbus

October 24th, 2010
5:06 am

A lack of focus, a lack of experience, a lack of strength, a lack of big plays … many reasons were given by Georgia Tech to explain its 27-13 loss to Clemson on Saturday.

DeepDiver

October 24th, 2010
6:26 am

Beat UF and GaTech and the season is vindicated. I am a bit of an anomaly — root for both GT and UGA when they are not playing each other. I hope CPJ can get some talent in that program — Gailey’s guys are on their way out quick. Would be easier to pull for them if he wasn’t such an bunghole.

Ted Striker

October 24th, 2010
6:32 am

Thanks for providing the transcript.

Nahila

October 24th, 2010
6:48 am

Ealey and the offensive and defensive lines all had great games. Georgia’s secondary was burned with 4 TD passes and is a work in progress, scary as a matter of fact. Georgia played a hard nosed game via pounding the ball with Ealey. The new play calling on offense was too conservative to suit me as it was designed to protect Murray from having to run the ball so he would not get hurt therefore our lateral passing attack was used to take advantage of AJ’s speed. I believe Murray only made 5 or 6 throws down field.

I imagine they selected this game plan so as not to show Florida anything special, but except for the Ky. turnovers, UGA would have gone down to defeat from a great UK passing attack. Hartline, the past few games, is one of the most accurate passers I have ever seen. If he adds a little weight, the NFL is going to really like him.

Doug

October 24th, 2010
6:49 am

I care if we beat the Gators.

destin dawg

October 24th, 2010
6:56 am

Junkyard dawgs are getting better… we should schedule Gators in Jax AND Atl… not just Jax. .. its a home game for them every year… Go Dawgs… Beat the Gators !!!! great effort Ealey.. stay tough on D !!!

tell me again

October 24th, 2010
7:15 am

Any of you goons who think we didn’t beat a good team talk to South Carolina – Hartline is legit and Cobb may be the best if not the most versatile player in the SEC this side of Cam Newton. It was a good win against a “never say die” team at their place. I have yet to believe anybody that says ANY win is meaningless – if we had lost it would not have been so meaningless, hmmm? Onward to Florida……And for Murray not throwing downfiels – Kentucky’s weakness was their rush defense and that is what we attacked. It was ghood game planning – not a lack of a passing game. King will be back for Florida and I see Meyer has released Rainey from the penal colony to play for the game – nice call coach.

Bulldog Joe

October 24th, 2010
7:15 am

Florida has a great Defense; Kentucky has a sorry Defense.

44-31 that’s great.

We needed that. Florida down there waiting on us to show up and us 2-7.

4-4 with no win over any good team.

Colorado LOST AGAIN. We have that BAD LOSS, horrible LOSS in addition.

Kentucky’s Scoring Defense is ranked # 98 in the country.

Florida’s Scoring Defense is ranked # 26.

Georgia’s Scoring Defense is ranked # 30.

Georgia’s Total Offense is # 62.

Florida’s Total Offense is even worse at # 89.

Since he has already played 3 plays this season, that we see Mack Brown.

Aaron Murray had a solid yeoman’s effort game for us last night.

Washaun Ealey put it in the end zone 5 times in 1 game.

He had 2 touchdowns total in the previous 7 games this season.

We sat on a lead again and as good as Kentucky’s passing game is, they really handed us the game with all their turnovers and sacks in the passing game. This really was the key to the game last night that our Defense is far superior to Kentucky’s Defense.

That will not be the case in JAX.

Our Offense, on paper, against these very poor Defenses we’ve beat this season is better than Florida’s. In the meantime, Florida has played better opponents than we have played.

Bulldog Joe

October 24th, 2010
7:16 am

Alabama and LSU are 2 teams we will not even play, for example.

After us, Florida plays Vandie then South Carolina at the Swamp.

So, the Top Half of The SEC is Ranked in the BCS Rankings Sunday 24 October 2010, and we are not in the rankings, and figure to get 0 votes.

It sure is nice to have so many BAD DEFENSES to play this season.

TOTAL DEFENSE :

# 75 Colorado
# 54 Arky
# 52 South Carolina
# 35 Missy State
# 14 Florida

So,

Florida is the BEST DEFENSE we will have played all season long 2010.

It’s not 2010-2011.

2010.

We lost to # 75 Total Defense Colorado, # 54 Arky, # 52 South Carolina, and # 35 Missy Sate.

What do we think will happen in JAX ?

Bulldog Joe

October 24th, 2010
7:20 am

Well, honestly, our Offense is not that good, # 62 Total Offense.

# 19 Total Defense for Georgia is good.

Florida’s Offense is even worse than our own.

And, Florida’s Defense is the best we will see 2010 and better than ours.

NXS

October 24th, 2010
7:43 am

This is the year. Georgia is going to Jax to kick some Gator a$$… mark it down!

Harpoon

October 24th, 2010
7:50 am

This is the Sunday before the Saturday the Dawgs play the Gators. It is now officially “Hate Week.” I’ve spent more than 40 years hating the Gators. My children grew up hating them and now my grandchildren hate them as well. There is no medecine to cure what ails you quite like beating Florida.

dawgerbrown

October 24th, 2010
7:55 am

Ky made it easy for us. We still can’t stop anybody on second or third and long. It’s disturbing how side open Ky’s receivers got in those situations and ours didn’t.

Hey, Bulldog Joe

October 24th, 2010
8:03 am

Perhaps an enemata and a long hot tub bath will put you in better spirits

The Exterminator

October 24th, 2010
8:06 am

Bulldog Joe -

That was a good KY team we beat on the road last night. Yes, we benefitted from the short field in the first half. Yes, good thing we ran the ball well in the second half to keep their offense off the field or it would have been trouble. Yes, they moved the ball far too easily on us last night. Yes, we missed tackles and assinments in the secondary.

But our offense is playing VERY well. I agree UF will be the best defense we will have seen so far this year (until we go to Auburn), but as well as our offense is playing, and with UF’s identity crisis on offense this year, I am cautiously optimistic about next week.

We won’t beat Auburn. We can beat UF. We WILL beat the bugs – - if for no other reason than we are just better people than they are.

As far as all those stats, ask Bama, Ohio State and Oklahoma how meaningful they can be on any given Saturday.

GO DAWGS!!!

SadDawg

October 24th, 2010
8:10 am

Look for Ealey to have a good game next Saturday. No worries, the eye-gouger has taken his talents to the NFL!

The Gators will be tough. Myer coaches his best against UGA, and Richt does his absolute worst vs UF. No attacking, just playing not to lose.

If Bobo/Richt call plays like they did vs Vandy, we can beat UF. If they get conservative and start the 3-and-out parade, it will be a long afternoon.

The Exterminator

October 24th, 2010
8:12 am

Oh, sorry, Bulldog Joe, forgot to add that Murray did not need to throw the ball last night, but when he did he was on the money and made no mistakes. He can dial up the big play when needed. He’s shown that. Of course, # 8 makes that easy for any QB.

GO DAWGS!!

JT

October 24th, 2010
8:22 am

It is amazing what a short field will do for the offense. Most backs have to run the ball a lot to get into a rhythm. Even Herschell had to do that on occasions. The last time we beat UF we ran the ball an later hit them with passes to win. Hopefully every thing will fit into place next week. In the earlier losses espec ARk we started inside the 20 nearly every time. Turnovers, KO returns and the running game will help you win every time.. Keeping UK on the long field helped with their total offense and kept then out of the endzone.

RxDawg

October 24th, 2010
8:23 am

Does that mean we could actualy beat Florida? Man, despite the rest of the season if we could hang on to beat Florida and Auburn I’d be a happy camper.

RxDawg

October 24th, 2010
8:27 am

Well Bruce Mac, the big friggin deal is I am a fan of UGA football. So when we come out and win a few games in a row, I am pleased. That’s the big friggin deal. It’s a shame your no fan. But honestly, your time would be better spent on another blog since that’s the case.

Mirk Racht

October 24th, 2010
8:27 am

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 8-4 or even 9-3 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Dawgtard Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many blue chip high school players go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

Ronnie

October 24th, 2010
8:30 am

Bulldog Joe: Get your own Blog, comments, man, comments.
Bruce Mac: I agree with Doug, I care if UGA beats UF.
Nahila: Learn football before commenting. The game plan was based on four turnovers, a big lead, and Ealey. UF was not considered. There is enough tape available, and Bobo is not hard to figure out, he’s not new.
Go Dawgs.

lawdawg

October 24th, 2010
8:33 am

The only reason Ken. had more yards than Ga. is Ga. only had a few yards to score,simple as that.I’m sure if Ga. would of had to start a drive on their own 10 yard line they could have scored.

Put Your Foot On Throat

October 24th, 2010
8:35 am

UGA looked pretty good overall. Thanks KY for all the gifts…. I guess CMR doesn’t have it in him to try to finish the game before halftime. We had 3 timouts (which is hard to believe)with the ball on our 35/36 with 1:15 left in the half. Why doesn’t CMR get a set and try to score? Could have easily gotten in FG range. I guess he didn’t want to hurt KY’s feelings… In stead we had to punt. Glad we have Butler.

truedawg

October 24th, 2010
8:55 am

Great win at Kentucky now we take Florida out did not need numbers on off when the other team cant hold on to the ball go dawgs beat gators

77DAWG

October 24th, 2010
8:55 am

To my belove coaches; UF team watched live game on TV, had a chance to analyze, replay, slomo, and everything. When our team will decide to schedule a week off before the game too? Look at the game film is not the same thing. I am not an armchair QB, before I go, please fix the third down defense. It’s almost like a joke, third and long, still, they convert 80% of it!!! Do not screen too oftens UF is watching plus their defensive players are faster than you think. If we have so much ego, the coach that is, be ready for a lots of ‘pick sixs’. Beside all of the complaint I made, we play our a$$ off. Love my Dogs from beginning and beyond. Bye.

Coach D

October 24th, 2010
9:07 am

I am confused what people get on here to talk about. are you a UGA fan? if you are then a win is a win!! Love it!! Dont say well KY wasnt that good and all this junk! Hey news flash!! People get beat all the time! Underdogs too! Take the win! Love your team! And lets work for next week! Bump all those stats. Cause its a rival game! Go dawgs! Lose every game and I will always love them!

77DAWG

October 24th, 2010
9:07 am

Oh! Mr. Bruce Mac before you leave our blog, take pill, I’m sure your team is on the rise soon. Look at us, we are rising, don’t you “feel’ it. That’s the boy!

Red-N-Black

October 24th, 2010
9:14 am

Het Bruce Mac – S.T.F. U. go back to the tech boards jacka$$.

Red-N-Black

October 24th, 2010
9:15 am

Coach D – Well SAID!

Tom, Resident SC Georgia Fan

October 24th, 2010
9:25 am

All you Tech fans would be better off if you spend time worrying about your team. You gonna fire CPJ?

clay

October 24th, 2010
9:37 am

I dont think its fair to compare the first part of this season to what the dawgs are doing now. Its obviously a completly different team, which has gotten us dawg fans saying what this season could have been.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

October 24th, 2010
9:40 am

Funny how this game is so important if UGA loses and meaningless if UGA wins, according to some. Kind of like the irony that by beating a ranked team you cause them to fall in the rankings, thereby making the accomplishment of beating them less impressive. That’s why I hate all rankings and just watch the d@mn game.

Hit A Single

October 24th, 2010
9:45 am

Anytime you beat Kentucky in Lexington on a Saturday night it is big. I don’t care who you are. A tough place to play.

Hit A Single

October 24th, 2010
9:46 am

Oh yea! Stats are for losers!

Henry County stinks like a Wal Mart bathroom

October 24th, 2010
9:46 am

Frustrating to think where we would be with just one more SEC win, take SC or ARK and its just that more realistic for a SEC champ appearance.

SouthGA Dawg

October 24th, 2010
9:48 am

Bulldog Joe, Are you a Tech fan? What is your problem man? The Dawgs brought it to KY in their house. KY is a damn good team and I do not think thay gave us those fumbles or Int. We took the ball from them. When the defense plays bad they suck and when they play good they are lucky? I do not think so and do not like your negative comments so keep them to your self you idiot. This is a post for real Dawg fans not idiots who want to drag down a great win. UGA looked good not great but damn good. We did everything that we needed to do. Merray could have thrown the ball and would have loved the opportunity but we didnt need to. You dont throw on a team that can not stop the run and so we ran the ball down their throats. Florida better be worried because the Dawgs are looking to skin their tails. This is the game GA has been waiting on. Everyone is healthy and this year UGA will blow Florida out.Urban, go ahead and take your bye week in front of the GA game because you will be needing it.

Bippity Boppity Boo Boo

October 24th, 2010
9:50 am

CMR still cant put teams away. Another opportunity to hang 50 on a team and still didnt get it done. Dawgs really need Style points to get people taliking about the program again. Just ask Oregon and Boise about style points….

G8tr h8tr

October 24th, 2010
9:57 am

Would some of you whiners get off Coach Bobo? If we run it, you holler “Come on Bobo throw it. No imagination, etc,etc”. Every play doesn’t work. It never has and never will.
Sometimes it’s better to go with conservative play calling than to risk throwing the ball, especially down in the red zone where pass defense is easier because of the short coverage area. As Bear Bryant once said,”When you throw the ball, 3 things can happen and 2 of those are bad.”

college is forever

October 24th, 2010
9:57 am

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com It is going to be great watching the Dawgs go down to Jacksonville and pound the Gators silly. It less then nine weeks till Christmas. The UGA classic tin lunchbox is perfect for your favorite Dawg fan. Available at Kroger and online. Lets Go Dawgs!!!

AltamahaDawg

October 24th, 2010
9:58 am

Foot, because the ONLY way to have changed the inevitable outcome of the game at that point is to start turning the ball over, and trying to hurry up score with a minute left in half, from the wrong side of the field, with a big lead, and going to be getting the ball first to start the third, was not worth taking any risks of giving KY a “gift” going into the locker room. And glad we have Butler was precisely the point.