What Mark Richt had to say after loss to Florida

Opening comments:

“It was a very good game. I’m sure the fans [watching] on TV enjoyed it. The television people probably loved it. It was that kind of game. But it certainly didn’t end the way we wanted it to. I want to give Florida credit. They did a good job of getting prepared and doing the things they needed to do to win the game. I want to give our guys credit, too. I thought they fought valiantly. I don’t think anyone can question their effort or question their competitive spirit. It was just one of those games someone had to lose, and unfortunately it was us. I’m proud of the players and the coaches and our fans and the band and everyone else. It was a great effort by their guys and by ours too. And in the end they won. You’ve got to give their punter Chas Henry credit –- a guy who’s been a punter by trade was kind of thrown into the fire as the field-goal guy and was able to make a big kick.

On Aaron Murray’s play in the first half, when he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble:

“I know this game was very meaningful to him. I don’t think he was approaching it any different. I don’t know if once the thing started he had some different feelings inside of him, but I thought the guy really played pretty well. The first pick –- he threw the ball where it was supposed to go. … [Cornerback Janoris Jenkins] took a chance and made the play. But I can’t sit here and say Murray did anything wrong on that play. The second interception –- I thought the ball was probably catchable. And of course he got hit and fumbled, and he’s got to do a better job of hanging on to that ball.…  The point I’m making is … I don’t think he was making mistakes out of immaturity or because he’s a first-year starter or anything like that. Sometimes those things happen, and you have to decide how you’re going to rebound from it. And he rebounded extremely well. The whole team did. I told the team at halftime, ‘This is one of those games where I can promise you if you treat it like it’s 0-0 and start from scratch again and play hard on both sides of the ball, we’ll get back in this thing and win it.’ And we almost did.”

On the interception Murray threw in overtime:

“… On third down you are trying to get in position to score a touchdown because you know a field goal might not be what it takes. When you are in those situations, you just have to play ball, and they got some pressure and the ball got tipped up in the air and got picked.”

On what he said to the team after the game:

“I talked to them about deciding how they are going to react to this thing. There have been some tough losses this season, no doubt, and we have had some very big disappointments. We were going in the right direction and getting a lot of momentum and actually getting back in the SEC Eastern Division race. A victory here could have put us in a position to be in Atlanta [for the SEC championship game].”

On what now:

“Just keep fighting. Keep grinding. Show up to work. Be a grown man and do your job. And enjoy it. We’ll come back home; we’ll get back to work, play Idaho State, play as hard as we can for the Georgia people; and then we’ll hook it up the next week.”

On bowl eligibility as motivation:

“I’m sure that conversation will come up. What do we have to win, two out of three? I’m sure we’ll be fighting hard for that.”

On how to turn around the Florida series:

“Win a game like this, but we didn’t do it. We’ll be back.”

More reaction to the game:

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

From Florida locker room: ‘I almost burst into tears after the game,’ linebacker says.

338 comments Add your comment

Honolulu Dawg

October 31st, 2010
1:04 am

Let’s GATA next week Dawgs. Don’t let the trolls ruin our great Georgia tradition

Honolulu Dawg

October 31st, 2010
1:05 am

and first!!!

Supes

October 31st, 2010
1:13 am

Not the comments I was looking for from the “leader” of our football team.

Sounds content with “losing a close one” doesn’t he?

Saint Simons

October 31st, 2010
1:14 am

(((( 34 – 31 ))))

SKB

October 31st, 2010
1:17 am

who cares, its just a game get over it…

Iraq Dawg

October 31st, 2010
1:17 am

Nothing sucks more than losing to Florida. But what else can we do but to keep fighting. Bulldog nation lets stay together and get through this tough season…. Hooahh!!!

Iraq Dawg

October 31st, 2010
1:20 am

People like Saint Simons have nothing better to do than act ignorant

Jedi Falcon

October 31st, 2010
1:22 am

Who cares what Richt says

BBBieUgaVIII

October 31st, 2010
1:23 am

Is this my new fate? Why didn’t you just let me start work for the Tech Game? Russ would have had a whole Year. Russ should havw had this loss on his record.

Jedi Falcon

October 31st, 2010
1:23 am

UGA blows. Mark Richt and his staff blows. I hope UGA loses all the rest of their games. GO GATORS!

Jedi Falcon

October 31st, 2010
1:25 am

I was born and raised in Georgia, but recently moved to Florida 5 years ago. I was a *dawg* fan but now Im a Gator Fan. I only cheer teams that KNOW HOW TO WIN. Not cheering LOSERS like UGA any more.

Supes

October 31st, 2010
1:27 am

Remove Jedi from your title and name yourself a Sith…freaking traitor.

BBBieUgaVIII

October 31st, 2010
1:28 am

Does anybody have D Mullens and MSU phone number? I ain’t going to be Meyers whipping Dawg. I want to transfer to Miss St.

Squirrel

October 31st, 2010
1:36 am

Unfortunately, it is not just another loss. It is another loss (8 out of 10 under Richt and 18-21) to a very average UF team. One of many problems for UGA the last 3 years is the lack of “players” being able to make momentum changing plays. I mean the easiet ones!! Commings doesn’t execute a simple fumble recovery inside the Gator 10. Rambo has an easy pick bounce off his brick hands on the gators 2nd to last possession in regulation. T. King drops a very catchable and crucial 2nd down pass late in the 4th quarter inside the Gator 15. Commings, late in the 2nd half, has the gator WR smothered in coverage yet has his hands in the only place possible that would have allowed the ball to get through to the WR. And even though it would have been negated by a false start penalty on the Gators, Dowtin couldn’t execute a fumble recovery that bounced right into his hands.

This is the identity of this team over the last 3 years. UGA makes the simple momentum changing opportunities look difficult where the average opponent executes them as one would expect players to at that level. UGA just doesn’t get it done in that regard.

BigDawg

October 31st, 2010
1:40 am

Same ole, same ole….

BoWeevil

October 31st, 2010
1:42 am

42-19 Georgia last 5 years Coach Richt & Staff # 20 over this period in wins

Johnnybeedawg

October 31st, 2010
1:44 am

We lust de gaome… All dat madders…. JBdawg.

Seriously… Mike dumbo F-16 flyover dude himself lost the f…..g game.Dumbarse!!!!

The best team did not win because of a bunch of idiot coaches and an idiot president of UGA. Fire the offensive coaches now!!!! Seriously…

The players deserved much better and most of the fans too….

Zombies….

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
1:45 am

1. On behalf of Gator fans thank you uga and Mark Richt for the much needed W.
2. Why do you pup fans expect to win this game? Are you actually shocked you lost? Yes we have had a down year but last I checked we are still UF and your still UGA. You clowns act your a college football power house. Last I checked Reagan (RIP) Won the Whitehouse the same year uga won the national championship. My god GT even won a NC 10 years more recent than uga BAHAHA
3. I will order a Papa John’s Pizza in honor of UGA’s potential bowl game this year. Of course I’m assuming you can actually win at home against Idaho State (1-7 Big Sky conf) at home and pull one out of your A** against GT because Auburn will slap you around and continue to run up the score with the 3rd string in the fourth quarter. Best case you go 6-6 but I’m gonna say 5-7 and an early winter for the pups.

DawgByte

October 31st, 2010
1:45 am

Hey Mark… I’m proud of the band too, they did a heck of a job.

LOL, tell me he didn’t really give props to the band after a heart wrenching loss to a pathetic Gator team.

Sanford Drive

October 31st, 2010
1:48 am

SHUT the H UP!!!!!

I hope to GOD you morons who are curising the program NEVER EVER EVER wear the Georgia G again!!!

Go ahead and curse us,and tell us how what we have is wrong…..but whenit all comes down, and Georgia is right back on top…… don’t you morons DARE act like you have been “lifelong fans”, or “die hard to the end fans”….. Be with us ort DON’T!!!!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!! I cannot WAIT to spend next Saturday morning in the BEAUTIFUL towm of Athens, GA….. and enjoy what I love most….. GO DAWGS!!!!

DawgByte

October 31st, 2010
1:49 am

Memo To Gator Fans -

Florida DID NOT win this game. Georgia found a way to lose it. Four turnovers and we still had a chance to win, but the high priest of voodoo waved his magic potion over this horrendous Gator team and gave you the LUCK you needed to score more points. This should not be a satisfying win for you. Spurrier is going to beat you and laugh all the way to Atlanta. Urban Oscar Meyer is trash.

Sanford Drive

October 31st, 2010
1:49 am

Wear the Georgia G or DONT!!!!!

There is ZERO middle ground!!!

CaliDawg

October 31st, 2010
1:51 am

Jedi Falcon…YOU are the loser and don’t fool yourself, you never were a Bulldog. So, please do not ever come back to the Bulldog Nation and cheer for the Florida team that is winning at the time.

Sanford Drive

October 31st, 2010
1:51 am

I GUARANTEE a 20+ point victory over the DEAD Techies………

and then you morons who swear us better have NOTHING to do with the smack-talk….. NOTHING!!!!!!!! Either :Love your team,and support what we are about, or get the H out of here, and go be a bandwagon Auburn or S Cackqlqdky Fan….

falcons

October 31st, 2010
1:53 am

simple coaching richt must go

perk

October 31st, 2010
1:53 am

time to make a change. you can’t go you 2-8 against your biggest rival
I’m in Jax and it ain’t fun.

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
1:57 am

DawgByte

‘Luck

a : a force that brings good fortune or adversity b : the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual

Just thought you needed to brush up on what the word luck means.

Is it luck when you win 18 out of 21? My god you rednecks are insane lol I start the bidding of AJ’S Papa Johns bowl jersey at 5$… Oh what the hell 10$

CaliDawg

October 31st, 2010
1:59 am

I don’t think the Gator fans should be talking any crap…CUM spent the bye week trying to find a Tebow clone? LOL. You now have 3 qb’s? You won the game, Congrats. But seriously…which team looks like it’s on the way up and which one is suddenly looking like it has trouble? Loved watching the calm, cool CUM on the sidelines. Someone is literally coaching for his life.

G. Tampa Bedwetter

October 31st, 2010
2:00 am

On how to turn around the Florida series:

“Win a game like this, but we didn’t do it. We’ll be back.”

Oh God, I certainly hope your sorry ARSE WILL FINALLY BE GONE.

DawgGoneIt

October 31st, 2010
2:02 am

Time to go to Starkville and get Dan Mullen right now. The guy has won 7 games with NO quarterback. It’s scary to think what he could do with Murray. He also shows passion and energy..something this program has lacked for a decade. I’m sick of these same old quotes from our “leader”. The man is so content it makes me sick. 2-8 against Florida is unacceptable. Bring someone in here who knows Florida inside and out and knows how to beat them.

G. Tampa Bedwetter

October 31st, 2010
2:02 am

Mark (I cannot make myself refer to you as Coach any longer) …………….. Please do the right thing and accept a church mission in a place far, far away.

Jedi Falcon

October 31st, 2010
2:03 am

UGA BLOWS. They have ALWAYS SUCKED and they ALWAYS WILL. Get over it. Join the Dark Side WHERE WINNERS in Florida are.

Jedi Falcon

October 31st, 2010
2:04 am

I Twit @jedifalcon1 on Tweeter :)

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
2:05 am

SCRATCH THAT! Papa John’s CEO just confirmed they only accept teams that win 6 games. And dont forget two of those wins are against Louisiana- Lafayette and those pesky 1-7 kids from Idaho State assuming you can actually win that game. Then again Colorado won back to back games compliments of uga for the first time in 4-5 years?? WOW Take UGA off our schedule and give us a real rival game. 18-3 IS NOT a rival

Red

October 31st, 2010
2:07 am

Of course, those four turnovers were Coach Richt’s fault so he must be fired. You pathetic fairweather fans. Pls pic another team to root for. Every loss, you Richt headhunters come out. Join the GT blog and stay there.

Red

October 31st, 2010
2:09 am

2011 is not very far off

October 31st, 2010
2:09 am

At the end of the day, there were plenty of positives and negatives. Although I would have enjoyed winning, the mere fact that this team fought back from a 14 point defecit speaks volume of the character of this year’s team. I also believe that Aaron Murray is going to be a much better quarterback because of the mistakes he made today. As far as Coach Bobo is concerned, he called a great game. We could have gone to AJ earlier but when we did he made some great catches. With that said, there is still forward momentum to finish the year strong and build for next year. Wihout any wholesale changes, this team really does have the potential to be really good but the errors that gave Florida yesterday, have to.be corrected and correctly quickly.

increase your carbon footprint!

October 31st, 2010
2:10 am

just hope al gore is right and the whole lousy state will be beneath the atlantic in a few years

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
2:10 am

CALIDAWG,

Did you just trash the team that beat uga AGAIN? lol It should be embarrasing that you have a better QB first round WR and you LOST AGAIN to a UF team that said what the hell lets try this…. AND SHOCKER LOL Our down year terrible offense won AGAIN. As for the brighter future? AJ will be gone soon and those thugs who run the pigskin for you arent that great. I just PRAY uga beats GT and that keeps Richt on that built Ford Tough sideline for another year. FINISH THAT DRILL BABY! Oh and get me my spray tan scheduled for 7am and 5 pm

drbasic1

October 31st, 2010
2:10 am

proud of you “DAWGS” you played your hearts out and never quit…what more can we ask, someone has to lose, you fought back got it tied, lost in overtime…i am still a backer until death takes me! We will get some kind of bowl as we beat Idaho St and if you play Hard, Tech will be nothing more than a fart in the wind…..Auburn….play for pride, give it yor best! GATA

Jedi Falcon

October 31st, 2010
2:13 am

I think its funny that you can go to Gwinnett County Correctional website to see the entire Bulldog Roster :D

Jedi Falcon

October 31st, 2010
2:15 am

Georgia should change their uniform color to Orange. And just put #s on their backs :D

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
2:17 am

drbasic1,

You sound like an Upward church league coach. Then again I think Mark Richt coaches with that same strategy. “Proud of you dawgs you played your hearts out and never quit”. I would hope a DIV-1 football team would play hard and never quit esp against a team you like to call a rival. And yes continue to be happy with your 5-7,6-6,7-5 season with beating a academic school like GT. BAHAHA sick em! Nabisco and Lays are competing for uga’s post game snack and drink drbasic1. Maybe you can deliver your uplifting all of you are great kids and winners speech for uga after every game. See you next year for 19 out of 22

wow that was fun!

October 31st, 2010
2:17 am

that sure was fun wasnt it? we all had fun didnt we? heck somebody had to lose, but aw shucks we’re all really winners, our guys, their guys, everbody. dontchya think? what a really fun game to be a part of. . . . . . ???????????????????????????????????????????

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
2:20 am

Attention all uga recruits. After you complete your rehab and drug test please take 75South to UF where you can compete for the SEC and the NC. UGA needs to have an antique expert clean their crystal football. You need to take care of those OLD keepsakes LOL

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
2:21 am

On the brightside uga’s band was outstanding. BAHAHA

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
2:22 am

Idaho State is starting to believe they can get win number 2 next week. Watch out!

Vince The Prince

October 31st, 2010
2:23 am

Mark Richt must have worn the wrong size of red panties.

Meyer > Richt

October 31st, 2010
2:26 am

Go ahead and blow the dust off that VCR and VHS and pop that 1980 highlight reel in uga fans. AHHHH those were the days… You always remember your first/only one

18-out-of-21

October 31st, 2010
2:26 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.”