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