Murray: OT interception ‘my worst nightmare’

JACKSONVILLE – A few comments from the Georgia side after the loss to Florida:

Quarterback Aaron Murray on throwing an interception in OT: “It was my worst nightmare, especially to know that my team had worked so hard to come back. I tried to get it out before [A.J. Green] made his cut, and I threw it a little bit behind him.  . . .  At first I thought the tip [by Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins] would just put it on the ground. But Florida has great athletes, and if there’s a tipped ball still in the air, they’ll find a way to come up with it.”

Murray on Georgia’s comeback from a 21-7 halftime deficit: “We fought our butts off all game. A lot of teams would go into halftime in a game like this and give up, but not this team. It wasn’t the way I wanted us to start the game with an interception, and I thought the whole first half was rocky. But we bounced back and finished strong. You have to be accurate when you play this athletic of a team. I had a little jitters, and I was probably more amped up than most games, but I won’t make any excuses.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on the Bulldogs’ four turnovers: “You just can’t turn it over. It kills momentum. It gives them an extra series, an extra shot at plays. You can’t do that and expect to win.”

Bobo on Florida containing A.J. Green: “They play a defense where they’re going to have an extremely high safety. We called a lot of things for A.J. that just ended up going to other guys, and the tight ends benefited from that, and so did Tavarres King and Kris Durham.”

Outside linebacker Justin Houston: “One thing about this team I like is that we always fight hard, but a big situation for us today was losing the turnover battle. It’s hard to win a game when that happens. I thought the defense looked good at times, but we have got to learn to play all 60 minutes.”

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DAWGfanNAfghanistan

October 31st, 2010
1:58 am

“You just can’t turn it over. It kills momentum. It gives them an extra series, an extra shot at plays. You can’t do that and expect to win.”
Well at least Bobo is right about this….

DAWGfanNAfghanistan

October 31st, 2010
1:59 am

On the Bulldogs’ four turnovers: “You just can’t turn it over. It kills momentum. It gives them an extra series, an extra shot at plays. You can’t do that and expect to win.” Well at least Bobo is right about this….

HotDawg

October 31st, 2010
2:06 am

It’s alright, Aaron. A lot of young QBs make mistakes in games like these. He is the reason we even came back in this game and had a chance to win.

[...] From UGA locker room: ‘My worst nightmare,’ Murray says of OT interception. [...]

Saint Simons

October 31st, 2010
2:14 am

(((( 34 – 31 ))))

Red

October 31st, 2010
2:15 am

Hoping the fairweather fans don’t come in here and start to ask for Coach Richt to be fired…again. You people were quiet the last three games. It’s the turnovers, stupid.

18-out-of-21

October 31st, 2010
2:25 am

Florida took criticism for keeping Chris Rainey on the team, despite a legal issue with a girlfriend. The junior from Lakeland paid a huge price — missing five games. He was finally allowed to play again in Saturday’s 34-31 overtime win against Georgia. He ran for 84 yards on 16 attempts and made an obvious difference for a team that was struggling offensively.

Afterward, he stood in front of the team and gave an emotional speech.

“Chris is a great person,” UF center and close friend Mike Pouncey said. “He thanked the whole administration, (Athletic Director) Jeremy Foley, the president (Bernie Machen). And he thanked God as well for giving him a second chance. He thanked everybody for giving him a second chance. And without Jeremy Foley and President Machen, it wouldn’t be possible for him to play right now.

“I actually cried after the game because I felt every bit of his pain because I know Rainey, he’s a great person. He’s never been in any kind of trouble and for him to miss … all those games, I know it hurt him to his heart and it hurt me too.”

Fitten

October 31st, 2010
2:26 am

Stafford threw a ton of picks against Florida.
Cox threw a ton of picks against Florida
Murray threw a ton of picks against Florida

three very different players- same results

shouldn’t we be looking at coaching??!

JT

October 31st, 2010
2:31 am

Wow!!! Somewhere some running back is changing his mind about coming to Georgia. Somehow, someway the running game has to be included into the offense to win a game like this. It has to be changed early in the game and mixed with the passing game effectively. In overtime you just cannot at least give you all american kicker a chance at least for a fg. You cannot turn it over anytime much less in OT. FSU lost in an OT game to Louisville years ago because they threw an int on the first play then Louisville busted a run for the win on the first play….Great running backs will tend to shy away from UGA if this philosophy does not change. Coaches just cannot put the team in a position as they did in OT especially after the way those players worked to get back into the game. If fans can tell that the offense is going to run a pass, I feel sure Meyer and staff anf all the work they have done in the past two weeks noted that UGA was going to pass on the first play of the game and also in OT. OT play calling killed us.

HotDawg

October 31st, 2010
2:34 am

Are you serious Fitten? The coaches aren’t the ones throwing the INTs. Murray is a young QB but he’ll get better.

Red

October 31st, 2010
2:43 am

Quarterback scrambles and forgets that coaches tell him to get rid of the ball when there is no play and fumbles the football. Coaches fault?

Quarterback throws to tightend and ball tips off his hand to a defender resulting in interception. Coaches fault?

Quarterback throws to #1 receiver but defender tips the ball first and lands in another defender’s hand. Coaches fault?

Florida fumbles ball twice and twice Georgia defenders could not hold on to balls. Coaches fault?

Georgia wins, coaches called a good game? Georgia lost so coaches are to blame? Did they make the above mistakes?

JT

October 31st, 2010
2:52 am

Yes, by calling a pass play when the running game was working. UF’s defense gambled because UG’s offense is predictable. The RB whiffed his block on the blitz. Murray had no chance to get rid of the ball. I can promise you if you look back over the games a defensive coach and a coach with Meyers’ experience can pick up the tendencies. Bobo is read like a book.

Red

October 31st, 2010
3:05 am

Agreed. Bobo’s playcalling has always been predictable and needs to change but when a quarterback reads a blitz, be ready to get rid of the ball or secure it if you are getting sacked. Subtract those turnovers above or Georgia defenders recover those fumbles and Georgia wins.

The BIG DAWG

October 31st, 2010
3:14 am

Too many missed opportunities in the first half. Actually thought Bobo called one of his better games but players just couldn’t execute. Some situations early where probably should have stayed with the run a bit longer but all up, a decent game plan where turnovers ultimately bit us vs the play calling.

This one really hurts yet our guys showed heart by what they did in the second half. I remain encouraged by what I’ve seen from Murray despite today’s performance (last int, the fumble, and the missed fly route to Durham in 1st half were killers) and think he brings UGA back in this series to finish his career 3-1 against uf.

Red

October 31st, 2010
3:26 am

Just have to deal with another Tebow type quarterback in true freshman Trey Burton. He’s better than Brantley and fits Meyer’s offense really well. This year was the best opportunity to beat the Gators.

SOS Dawg

October 31st, 2010
3:35 am

Key words from Murray : “Florida has great athletes”. I would also like to add that Florida has better coaches. Its time to fire these clowns in Athens regardless what the Kool Aid Drinkers may say……

BDAWG

October 31st, 2010
5:52 am

Great game for the Dawgs. Too many turnovers and we are still out of position on defense. The ILB have to play better on the inside running plays and the short passes. Murray is young but, he still had a great game. He will learn from this game. Tough loss but, we look better every game. The offense and the defense needs to play faster. Speed the offense up to keep the defense off balanced. We missed a lot of open WR in the first quarter and should have put up at least 14 points. This one is over and let’s get focused for the next game. We can really make a big splash against Auburn but, we will need a spy for Newton the whole game. We cannot continue to let WRs get behind the defense and we still have to tackle better. I liked the defensive pressure in the first quarter but, I think we need that the whole game with the bad play of the secondary. Secondary must become more physical and have to stay in position and must learn to do a better job on reading the offense.

BDAWG

October 31st, 2010
5:54 am

Red I agree totally. Bad plays by the players. Defense needs to learn how to fall on the ball instead of trying to pick it up. This game is the result of too many blown opportunities.

fit to be tied

October 31st, 2010
6:21 am

Funny, Murray said it was his worst nightmare. His passing all day should have been his worst nightmare

bob horner

October 31st, 2010
6:24 am

too bad tooo bad if this if that wa wa wa What a bunch of losers ill bet gt takes care of the hairy doggies

fit to be tied

October 31st, 2010
6:28 am

Murray, yes you are a red shirt freshman and you showed it today. You screwed up and hopefully with the season shot, you will have some competition the rest of the year instead of handing you a position that appartently you were not ready to handle

Big Red

October 31st, 2010
6:41 am

Turnovers. Especially not falling on the ball when it was right at our feet. We still own Florida / 44-33-2. They will never catch us.

Macclenny_dawg

October 31st, 2010
6:49 am

Coaches fault for running ball on 2nd down!!! We always run it on 2nd and 10!! Always go check the games!! Habit of Bobo!! Puts us in 3rd and long!! Look at when the turnovers happen!! 3rd and long!! Its coaching!!! Don’t give me bull about wait till we recruit the players for Grantham!!! Its easier to change coaching to fit players instead of changing 11 players to fit your coaching. Look at Miss. State there defense is in their 1st year and look how many points they give up!!! Richt is to blame for that hire also he could have hired somebody that could adjust to players instead of content to run a certain defense. Too many times we come out flat ever since Richt has been here!! To much talent on this team!!! Bobo can’t find enough ways to get the ball to your all American.Its coaching just ask Meyer he found a way to get his playmakers the ball he put them in at rb and qb. People Richt has 2 go we will never get over the hump with him!! I like Richt but he can’t make the tough descions and has no aggressive bone in his body!!!

warhorse

October 31st, 2010
6:50 am

Murray is trying out for that select group of UGA QBs who never in their career defeated the Gators, including Eric Zeier. A less select, but growing group, is those who eked out one win in a career, e.g. Stafford, Green, Shockley et al.

Barry

October 31st, 2010
7:58 am

Murray lost this one all by himself trying to be a hero instead of making the safe play. 3 interceptions, a 32 yard fumble, it was a nightmare for the fans to watch—a trainwreck, watching one guy crack under pressure, and not be there, when his team needed him the most–AGAIN!

Dawg in Kentucky

October 31st, 2010
8:01 am

Red, thanks for being right on. It’s not Coach Richt. I’m glad
he’s our coach. I’m still surprised that UM brought back a kid this year that had nade those type of threats to his girlfriend. Wonder if someone in the Florida AD or administration had a hand in the DA’s decision to plea down charges. That’s sad. If I’m the girl’s Dad I’m outraged. Thankfully our leadership has more class and dignity.

Browndog

October 31st, 2010
8:08 am

It was a very good game. Didn’t UF make a mistake or two as well? Overall UF does have better athletes. UGA has to recruit better and get better on the D. Murray will be a GREAT OB at UGA. Was a lot like last week, except UGA was on the wrong side of the turnovers. This game could have been a UF blowout if not for the character shown by the players and the coaches. Believe we have a chance to win two more games, but I think Auburn will score as many points as they need to win. Hoping for 6 and 6.

Barry

October 31st, 2010
8:13 am

Why did Murray throw into the middle of the field in Over-time? Quadruple defensive coverage—who does he think he is–Brett Favre? Was no one else open? No one else in one on one coverage? Could he have not thrown it to a checkdown receiver? Why did he wait so long to get the play snapped? Lost his poise.

rosezeee

October 31st, 2010
8:14 am

The Dawgs played their hearts outs – but mindless coaching and play calling sacked us again. This coaching staff is second rate at best – – always has been – – always will be.

Anyone expecting anything more than a second tier program with this brain trust is deluded. Accept mediocrity

Love that call to go for 2 when we were down 21-16 – – almost as good as going for it on 4th and two on our own 30 yard line in the second quarter against Arkansas when we were down by 7. RETARDS

Northern Sympathizer

October 31st, 2010
8:25 am

Agree entirely with Bobo that you can’t turn it over four times and hope to beat Florida. Murray showed promise in the 4th Quarter, but by that time, he had turned it over too much. Don’t know what it takes to beat Florida any more.

Barry

October 31st, 2010
8:41 am

How in the world is Aarron not benched in the 2nd half after throwing so many interceptions, and throwing so many incomplete passes to wide open receivers?

Why didn’t Logan Gray or Hutson Mason get a shot? They work hard, they deserved a chance to lead the team with poise.

Why did Richt stay with Murray when Murray was in a funky off day?

Barry

October 31st, 2010
8:41 am

Come on folks-we lost. We played hard, our coaches did all they could do-sometimes in life you get beat. I love the Dawgs, I hurt when we lose, but We are getting better!!!

Macclenny_dawg

October 31st, 2010
8:52 am

Barry
How are we getting better at best we win 7 games this year we won 8 last year!! Do the math!!

Dave

October 31st, 2010
8:53 am

Richt keeps losing games the more Murray plays QB.

Frank

October 31st, 2010
8:54 am

Murray got to go. Simple as that.

Macclenny_dawg

October 31st, 2010
8:55 am

Barry
Coaches did all they could do? How do we not use our timeouts at the end of the 1st half and make Florida at least punt? We could have tried to block it!! We were already down 21-7!!!!!

DawgBone

October 31st, 2010
9:06 am

Georgia should be the premier team in the SEC year-in and year-out. Atlanta is the largest city in the south and it is less than 60 miles from the UGA campus. Kids leave the state because they want to win and Georgia doesn’t win. They don’t win because they don’t have the type of coach that wins, Spurrier, Holtz, Parcel, Saban. Until the school brings in the kind of coach that kids respect and fear, they won’t ascend to the top.

Macclenny_dawg

October 31st, 2010
9:07 am

For those that call Murray out!!! Ya’ll must not have watched the game!! He brought us back even after we stunk up the 1st half!!! Yea he made some mistakes but I have never seen a qb yet not make a few mistakes!!! The problem is play calling plain and simple!! If u throw on 1st down u throw on 2nd down to stay out of 3rd and long. He just tried to make a play!!! Why was Green not running a go route why was he running over the middle on 3rd down? How come we always run it on 2nd and 10?? Because we are too PREDICTABLE!!! Just watch the games all year!!! Does anybody think we would not have gave up a Touchdown if Florida knew they needed 1!!! We Either sack the qb or someone compltes the pass!!! That is why Murray tried to and had to throw it too try to make a play!!!!

edumacated

October 31st, 2010
9:19 am

For those of you who still support Coach Mark Richt, I have a simple question. How many loses to Florida will it take before you change your mind?

Maybe Richt and company should just quitting making the trip to Jax and stay home and forfeit. The results will be the same.

Browndog

October 31st, 2010
9:22 am

After a very bad first half the team came back and played a good game. This game had the makings of the two in 09 and 08 but the coaches were able to get the team prepared for the second half and in my opinion, did an excellent job. You cannot beat anyone with four turnovers and no one feels worse about the turnovers than Murray. UGA will be back, just will take some time and a few more recruits on the D.

DawgFaninFL

October 31st, 2010
9:27 am

So predictable…fans of Mason or Logan just waiting to tear Murray down. Murray is a winner, a leader, and a true talent…he’s also a red-shirt freshman. It was obvious that he came out nervous and was off. He made a HUGE mistake by fumbling while being sacked. He also had 313 yds passing, 3 touchdowns, and ran for the 2 pt conversion. He certainly had his mistakes that put us in the hole, but he also made plays that allowed us to rally back. This loss definitely stings, but use it as a soapbox to get Murray replaced is PATHETIC!!!

Red

October 31st, 2010
9:32 am

Agree with all who are saying the offense is too predictable. It’s been like that since Bobo took the OC position. There needs to be more wrinkles in this offense or bring in someone who has more imagination. But until then, we’ll have to settle with this predictable offense. Yesterday’s playcalling was overall no different from the past three that Georgia won. But if you look at the last three games compared to yesterday’s game, there were no turnovers. That was the difference.

THWG!!

October 31st, 2010
9:36 am

All I can say is, “Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…”

Wow...

October 31st, 2010
9:37 am

Murray was not the problem yesterday. The fumble was a bad play…the first one was on Bobo. The whole stadium and viewing audience knew it was going to Green. The others were all tipped balls.

The defense trying to make a SportsCenter highlight by scooping and scoring cost us more than anything. TWICE they had fumbles in their hands and dropped it trying to run instead of diving on it. Terrible. A closer TO margin an the effort the boys brought yesterday wins the game.

Hats off to Richt for letting them play in UGA uniforms.

That being said…this has gotten totally out of hand. Adams got his wish: The World’s Largest Outdoor Coctail Party has become The Yet Another Embarassing Loss for Georgia Party.

Either Richt needs to figure out a way to beat Florida or we need to find somebody who can. End of story.

Wow...

October 31st, 2010
9:38 am

Way to keep it classy THWG!

Atlanta Gator

October 31st, 2010
9:40 am

I love the dawgs and pull for them in every game, except the Ga-Fl game. Most of my family went to UGA…none went to UF. I have been to more UGA games the last 20 years than UF games. I grew up in Jax in the Spurrier era (enough said) and my son grew up in the Butler era (yes, my son went to UGA).

The game last night could not hve been any closer. Not suprising, mistakes were made by both teams, which is why they are both unranked. The coaches knew this, which is why they have said all along.

Mark Richt is a first class person and a very good coach. He is surrounded by a lot of new coaches and young players, like Florida is right now. It is nonsense for there to be any talk about firing either coach.

Not that there is any comfort in this, but Texas is going through the same thing.

Nauti-dawg

October 31st, 2010
9:40 am

Murray was too amped up, he had family & friends from Tampa in – Like someone else said – He was trying to make every play a big one and forcing it too much instead of being safe and smart. He almost won the game, but unfortunately the loss is mostly his. Same thing happened to Matt Ryan when he went back to Philly a few weeks ago.

Murray’s young and smart, will learn and will win in JAX one day.

BTW – why don’t we ever get a bye before UF?

UGAVII

October 31st, 2010
9:45 am

Just in. UGA VIII had a stroke this morning. He was airlifted to a hospital but expired on the way. He was heard to mumble. “I can`t take in anymore”

Richt was notified at his hairdresser and said UGA was a good dag but must have not been real healthy. He left us after one game. Imagine he didn`t have it in him for the Auburn beatdaown.

Richt has been in contact with Willie Martinez to return to Georgia as his personal trainer and assistant head coach.

Vote For Pedro

October 31st, 2010
9:51 am

Red

October 31st, 2010
9:52 am

I too do not think Jax is a neutral site no matter how many private jets, luxury hotels, and limos they provide for Georgia. Jacksonville IS IN FLORIDA no matter how many times you spin it. I say have this game at the New Orleans Superdome each year. Heck, it feels like a Bowl game anyways so why not do it in the right city.