Richt: ‘I thought that if we ran another play things could get out of hand’

Excerpts from Georgia coach Mark Richt’s postgame news conference:

Opening comments: “Congratulations to Coach Chizik and Auburn. They clinched their opportunity to play in Atlanta in the SEC Championship. I know the feeling, and it’s a great feeling. They’ve done a great job this season and did a great job tonight. They were a better team than us tonight. We certainly had our moments, but they weren’t enough to win. They’re a very good football team and I want to give them credit.”

On Auburn’s on-side kick to open the second half: “We alerted [the players] at the half. The dilemma for our special teams is if they sit at the tee and watch the ball too long when all those guys are flying down the field at 100 miles an hour and they’re supposed to get in position to block, they can’t make the block. Auburn’s kickoff coverage team was one of the bigger differences in the game. And with them getting the on-side kick to start the second half and take the lead . . . we were hoping to get the ball first and put them in a position to be behind. We didn’t get good field position off our kickoff returns, and their kickoff coverage team tonight was the best we’ve played all season.”

On biggest differences in the game: “We just couldn’t stop them. That was the biggest difference. We didn’t continue to score, and that’s all there is to it. Auburn was very efficient in what they were doing on offense. It’s very difficult to stop a quarterback who can run like that. The only way to outnumber a run game like that is to bring both safeties to the line of scrimmage. When you do that, he throws the ball too well. Cam (Newton) is a true dual threat and a tough kid. They have other good players that played well today, but he’s the difference.”

On Auburn playing well despite the week’s distractions: “As a coach and for players, when you go to practice and the meeting room and you’re in your complex, it’s kind of a haven for you. It’s a place where you can focus on the task at hand. When you’re surroundedby guys focused on the same task it’s a good medicine. When there are things swirling around that youcannot control, you have a chance to enjoy playing the game you love.”

On Georgia’s decision to take a knee on the last play of the game: “The reason why I did that was that tempers were flaring and were out  of hand. I thought that if we ran another play things could get out of hand. My goal was to take the knee and make sure nothing broke out. When things get that hot and that emotional, I thought it was the wise thing to do.”

(Transcript provided by Auburn.)

203 comments Add your comment

Tex

November 14th, 2010
4:43 am

Your story on the problems at the end of the game fails to mention that Fairley was blocked into Murray and then targeted by the whole UGA O line on the next play. Or that he was chop blocked at least twice. It also fails to mention that the UGA sideline came onto the field. Oh, but you do mention that two Auburn guys threw “punches.” Journalism? Please. I guess you are counting on either only UGA homers reading this, or folks who didn’t actually see the game.

P. Bull Terrier

November 14th, 2010
4:47 am

Richt did the classy thing and kept things from getting out of control while Chizik was jumping up and down on the sideline and getting his players fired up to throw more punches.

MARK RICHT IS A P***Y

November 14th, 2010
4:48 am

tex it says transcript provided by auburn you dumb ass

RichtfrmColorado: Which direction is Florida?

November 14th, 2010
5:20 am

“My goal was to take the knee and make sure nothing broke out”

“my goal” , “knee” , “broke” …. CMR giving subliminal messages for what he really wanted to happen out there

One off the board

November 14th, 2010
5:56 am

Talked to a Auburn Recruit’s dad last night. After what he saw, his son has removed Auburn from his list.

seahawk

November 14th, 2010
6:38 am

Congrats to the PlainsmenWarEaglesTigers

Chizik certainly got his players into the hurtin mood with all his hoppy, fist pumping sideline theatrics. But be clear, Auburn didn’t win because Cam gets paid – they won because he is a great player, regardless of their level of class.

Carrollton Game Watcher

November 14th, 2010
6:48 am

Auburn’s Number 90 repeatedly roughed Murray by hitting the quarterback after he had released passes. He also tried to injure Murray by driving him into the ground after initially hitting him late on at least three ocassions. This illegal behavior should be dealt with by the SEC before the Alabama game. The refs should be sanctioned for not calling the obvious fouls. Auburn’s # 90 is the dirtiest player that I have seen this season…and that is saying a lot in this era of poor sportsmanship in college football. Auburn should be ashamed of this thug.

Georgia also had several players that showed poor sportsmanship (including # 18 and # 60) with no control of temper tantrums. This type of behavior shows a lack of discipline on the team that has contributed to several of the loses this season. This lack of discipline has been the major issue not addressed by coaches at UGA. It may even have been provoked by the poor examples that coaches (Grantham at Florida) have been.

RomeDawg

November 14th, 2010
6:52 am

I had assumed if Auburn won this game I would pull for them the rest of the year so the SEC is represented in the BCS title game, but I don’t want anyone seeing the classless bunch of cheaters as a representation on anything from the south.

This loss won’t stand anyways because after they finish their investigation the will be a wasted year for Auburn.

How ’bout a preacher who would sell his son like that? I would love to hear his sermon Sunday?

beachdog

November 14th, 2010
7:01 am

They hit Murray late multiple times.

The SEC should deal the officiatng crew.

Barf

November 14th, 2010
7:03 am

Auburn University is at the apex of everything that is wrong with college football. Yuck!

HayDawg

November 14th, 2010
7:11 am

You dang right they went after his sorry butt. And it’s too bad they didn’t blow one of Fairley’s knees out. If it had been earlier in the game, I think they would have. Seeing him romp around after that play like a pro wrester said it all. Auburn was a dirty team and I don’t want to see them represent the SEC in the NCG Game.

Tired of UGA Whining

November 14th, 2010
7:16 am

Typical UGA whining after a loss. Fairley was blocked into Murray on the last play…any retard could see that. As for the rest, if you don’t want him to hit your quarterback, block him… Don’t cry because a superior athlete beat your line and worked your QB all night. Go get your popcorn and snacks ready, you’ll be watching all of the other SEC bowl bound teams on TV…

HayDawg

November 14th, 2010
7:25 am

Auburn will lose their quarterback and this win will be erased from the record books, Auburn fans. So enjoy it while it’s official. And see you back here when the article get written on how much you guys paid Newton.

Calhoundawg

November 14th, 2010
7:28 am

Fairly is a dirty player who was taking cheap shots at Murray the whole game.He has been warned for driving QB’s into the ground already this year. To say that he was “blocked” into Murray is a stratch to say the least. He had to keep driving his legs just to reach him. Gene Chizik better enjoy his little moment in the sun, because he may forfeit every game Cam-the-Sham Newton played in. Newton is an academic cheater and petty thief and his father is a two-bit con artist. Auburn doesn’t deserve to represent the SEC anywhere. I hope South Carolina sends them to the Outback Bowl.

UGA Wins!

November 14th, 2010
7:28 am

HayDawg, you’ve already won this year! You beat Auburn 11 – 0 in the players arrested contest! Stay classy, Athens!

HayDawg

November 14th, 2010
7:29 am

All I gotta say is ROLL TIDE!

HayDawg

November 14th, 2010
7:30 am

Yep and as bad as that is, still pales in comparison to Auburn’s ban of paid thugs.

Savannah Fan

November 14th, 2010
7:31 am

The Tide will take care of both Newton and Fairlley-at least their knees

HayDawg

November 14th, 2010
7:32 am

How much would it cost to secure Newton? Oh between $100,000 and $180,000. Auburn had $200,000 – the highest bidder.

Mike

November 14th, 2010
7:33 am

Make no mistake, auburn is the better team, and should have won easily. The hit that knocked Murray out wasn’t that bad, he was somewhat engaged with a blocker, so i will give him a pass on that. The retaliation attempt by Ga was because of the cumulative sum of dirty play by 90 the entire game which the referees refused to do anything about. He should have been called for at least 3 additional personal fouls that were not called. 2 for late hits after Murray threw, and 1 for the body splash on Murray when the play was over early in the game.

tell me again

November 14th, 2010
7:37 am

The Dawgs played it tough for 3 full qtrs against a very talented team and player. It was a closer game than the score indicated. That said – Chizik showed about as much class as a frog turd and I believe once it is all said and done Auburn will once again be on NCAA probation. The father has already admitted to talking about selling his son for money – the only question now is whether the NCAA / FBI will tie him and his son together in this sordid tale and thus deal with Cam and the Aunburn football program. How dirty is this kid to get kicked out of Florida? . Laptops theft, traffic and court violations, and academic fraud – is this the kind of athlete we would want representing UGA? Not now, not ever….we have a good team going through a rough year – I am proud of the way they have fought and been competitive and isn’t that what I heard ALL YEAR LAST YEAR? “GEE, I DON’T MIND LOSING SO MUCH BUT I WANT US TO BE COMPETITIVE”? Well, this bunch has played tough and fought through tons of adversity – and we don’t have a consumate thug leading our team and dragging the university through the grime – I can say I’m proud of these Dawgs – losing a football game is not fun but it’s a game and a game is supposed to have core values you respect and learn from. At the end of the day I respect Coach Richt and the Dawgs – I have little respect for the way Chizik handled himself on the sideline or for his decision to play a thug who at the least should have been benched for just the no show court violation in Florida. But as we see, for some winning at any cost is the only credo – all Chizik has done is make Cam Newton believe that as long as he plays and wins a game he is totally unaccountable for anything off of the field – good luck with that approach coach – we will see what it reaps of you down the road. Now let’s go put an a** whooping on those nasty bugs!

HayDawg

November 14th, 2010
7:41 am

Here’s the big difference between Georgia and Auburn: When it was rumoured that Green was part of an NCAA investigation, Richt sat Green for the first four games, and lost those first four. When Newton is part of an investigation, yall suit him up and play him and hope for the best. Auburn football is classless and the guys on ESPN even echoed this point. Heck the whole country agrees, not just us Dawg fans.

Alfred Hussein Neuman

November 14th, 2010
7:43 am

CMR is trying to show some class and during Auburn credit for the win. The Dawg nation whining on here is just sour grapes. I agree with “UGA WIns” – you’re 11-0 against Auburn. UGA gets away with Green pushing off on almost every play.

Spike

November 14th, 2010
7:43 am

Rainey should have been ejected after he drilled Murray in the back well after the ball had been thrown. Yea, Auburn won the game. But what a cheap shot artist that guy is. Bush league. Payback time in Athens next year.

John Galt

November 14th, 2010
7:44 am

No one is mentioning that Murray played the last 3 quarters with a gash in his chin that Fairley opened up by goring him with his facemask after the play was over late in the 1st quarter.

Can anyone say Brandon Spikes? Maybe Fairley will suspend himself from the 1st half of the Iron Bowl?

I expected Auburn to beat us- they clearly have the superior team this year. I had been hoping that they would win the NC for the SEC, and I had been giving Newton the benefit of the doubt. No more- I hope Alabama beats them BEFORE the NCAA strips them and their strutting jackwagon of all of their purchased wins.

Newton makes you realize just what a class act Tim Tebow was-

War Eagle

November 14th, 2010
7:47 am

Hey Rome Dawg, where is your evidents Cameron is a cheater? I promise you if he broke any rules Cam would not played in Ark. State game. This has been going on since last January, he was clear to play by Auburn, SEC and NCCA in July.
Cecil Newton might be a bad Dad, but Cam Newton is a great kid and athlete.
Good luck against Tech and a Bowl game.

joey

November 14th, 2010
7:47 am

I swear the SEC was known for DEFENSE…………

chas lee

November 14th, 2010
7:55 am

next year ga.can put a yellow jersey on qb so other teams won’t hit him. evidently ga. fans didn’t see the whole game.

VaTech Fan

November 14th, 2010
7:56 am

The Bulldog nation has spoken. UGA is the better team, why dang, they should be in the top 20, no – make that the top 10. Their wins this year? Idaho State (1-9), Louisiana-Lafayette (2-8), Vanderbilt (2-8), Tennessee (4-6) and Kentucky (6-5). Only one team with a winning record. They couldn’t beat a bad Colorado team (4-6) or Florida with one of their worst teams in decades. UGA is terrible this year.

truedawg

November 14th, 2010
8:01 am

weshould have ran another play and late hit their asses but we should run the football on first down more often thanks bobo for your play calling

Jupiter

November 14th, 2010
8:03 am

You guys really take a loss hard, huh? A) Auburn has done everything the SEC and NCAA asked them to do, since January. B) Fairley was being chop blocked all night… you expect him to be an angel. C) Rambo was taking shots at the Auburn receivers since the first quarter (Remember the Personal Foul?) D) Your bench cleared, one player dragging a coach across the field, and you call Chizek classless… when his players stayed on their respective sideline? Come on guys! Your team led the NCAA last year in personal fouls and you had more in this game than we did. Your team leads the NCAA in number of player arrests. How can you all sit there and say Auburn is classless? Oh, I know! That’s the only way you can justify losing another game. Don’t blame your sorry team! Green is the only reason you moved the ball anyway, he’s gone next year. Another 6 loss season on the horizon.

What??

November 14th, 2010
8:05 am

Give Auburn credit for the win.

As far as the Auburn player on defense (90) playing dirty, I have to say that is a TRUE statement. The sad part is that the TV announcers stated during the broadcast that the league officials were notified of his tactics tackling QB’s by driving them into the ground. That being said, I fault the league for not setting an example by informing ALL coaches that the described technique is illegal and will not be tollerated.

I can understand the satisfaction that the Auburn players must have felt finally ddefeating UGA as a senior class. What I do not agree with is their level of “Thug” mentality associated with the victory.

We have to many players participating in college atheletics that are not students. They are only there participating in hopes of playing in the NFL to obtain a large contract.

I do not watch the NFL games for that reason. Thugs that are over paid. Thugs that have no class or sportsmanship.

College footbal is now reaching the same level of disrespect and is full of thugs!

jg

November 14th, 2010
8:07 am

Chizik is the most classless coach i have seen. His antics on the sidline showed it. #90 is nothing but a dirty player.. Hope they end up forfeting every game Newton played in.. As far as Newton goes when he was at Fla. he throws a laptop out the dorm window when they come to search his room?? But he did not know it was stolen??? This is Chizik’s fine all american young man…… If the cheating deal is true and Fla was getting ready to kick him out then that is just more proof of what type person he is. Richt needs to file a complaint with SEC for the late hit’s and no call’s from the ref’s….

truedawg

November 14th, 2010
8:07 am

Mark needs to step up and fire Bobo we need to recruit another wide rec like AJ

Fl fan

November 14th, 2010
8:08 am

Chase lee, Fairley would be paying probably 3 fines and a possible suspension for his actions in the NFL. He’s either dirty or dumb, you pick…

Mike

November 14th, 2010
8:10 am

Saying cam newton ” is a great kid” is laughable. He is a great football player, that’s it. If he was a “great kid”, he would still be at Florida.

guy

November 14th, 2010
8:10 am

I’d rather lose with class than win with a classless s.o.b. like Auburn has for a coach.At the same time, UGA’s coaches have accepted losing if it’s fairly close as one of those things.That is unacceptable whether they know it or not.One more year of mediocrity will start the ball rolling for huge changes and I mean huge ones.There’s no excuse for the type of defense UGA is playing.
We’re always a few steps slower.Are some of our guys smart enough to get in the ball game?

truedawg

November 14th, 2010
8:11 am

next year win or lose remember how auburn late hit so lets pay back Chizik with a dose of late hits on thier QB

HayDawg

November 14th, 2010
8:12 am

I used to live above Rocky’s Pizza on Clayton when I was in school at UGA. One night after a tough loss to the War Eagles, er Tigers, or whatever they call themselves, there was a group of Auburn fans below my window whooping it up at about 4 AM. I remember I took this half-eaten hot-dawg, with all the toppings one could put on it, and dropped it right on the head of one of the Auburn fans. I mean, there was mustard and relish all over this guys head and all down his shirt. Needless to say, those fans dispersed pretty quickly because I had a gallon of milk ready to after the hot-dawg, and threatened them with it if they didn’t go somewhere else. Ah, fond memories of my time in Athens, and of dropping that hotdawg on the obnoxious Auburn fan. They always love coming over to Athens for the games, one of the few times they get to experience a real college town. If those poor fans would have studied a little harder in high school, they could have went to UGA.

Divided Dad

November 14th, 2010
8:12 am

With kids attending UGA and Auburn, and in attendance at Jordan-Hare, I had a different perspective on last night’s game. I saw a UGA team that played hard and made a game of it during the first half, but as 10-previous opponents had failed to do during this season, UGA was unable to withstand Auburn’s running game and came-up short. You can say what you want about late hits on QBs and cheap shots, but they were happening all night in the trenches on both sides. The game they play is a contact sport. QBs get hit and some of them are occasionally late. It is up to the officials to make that call. It is obvious that the refs didn’t think they were late. Let’s just chalk-up last night’s end-of-game fireworks to the fact that this is the oldest rivalry in the SEC, with two teams that genuinely don’t like each other, recruit the same high school talent, and just strapped it on and got after it for 60-minutes. Nothing more… Nothing less… As I said to my UGA daughter after last night’s game, I was extremely impressed with Murray. The kid is going to be a great QB at Georgia. The 2-TD passes he threw to AJ Green in the first half, along with strikes he was throwing to UGA receivers all night long were just a glimpse of the bright future Georgia has for the next 3-years. The bottom line is that AU had too many weapons last night and the best team won. If Newton doesn’t come back next year, I suspect the outcome will be different when they meet again in Athens in 2011.

HayDawg must be stoned

November 14th, 2010
8:14 am

AU thugs? Really? You’ve had 28 total arrests, a coach that makes the choking gesture, and an administrator that, well, you know… No class at UGA…the record is clear.

truedawg

November 14th, 2010
8:14 am

Also during the game Rambo could have nailed Newton but instead newton threw a punch so thier was was a chance to go at his legs Rambo remember that one next time you slow up for newton

Musa Smith

November 14th, 2010
8:20 am

Don’t forget about the AU running back who rolled over Sanders Commings’s ankle from behind…he’s probably done for the season…..AU is unstoppable on offense and the cheap shots are unnecessary…..Newton is a bum and his father apparently justified cheating in order to fix his churches……hopefully the truth will come out and AU’s perfect season will be wiped out. AU has now joined my list of hated teams: GT, FL, TN……Fairley’s cheap shots will catch up with him…..what a bum.

truedawg

November 14th, 2010
8:20 am

Georgia needs to learn how to use the clock better.Run the football a little more on first down still Auburn played dirty.And Cam took alot of hits good job D Cam had30 carries

truedawg

November 14th, 2010
8:22 am

Get the Win beat TECH hope for a Bowl game go dawgs live and die with you

Undivided Son

November 14th, 2010
8:23 am

Hey Divided Dad, if the fireworks were mutual how come Aub was the only team throwing punches and having players kicked out of the game?

Tom, Resident Georgia Fan

November 14th, 2010
8:25 am

War Eagle, hahaha some education you have. “Evidents?” You mean “evidence” you moron.

SEC fan in ugly-land

November 14th, 2010
8:28 am

Main theme here seems to be “dirty 90″ and “money-taking Cam”.

I was thrilled that ugly could get enough players bailed out of jail so the game could be played. And there was only one player on the field who admittedly took money … he was not playing for Auburn.

Go Jackets – sting ugly and watch ‘em cry like the big baby they are.

UGAVII

November 14th, 2010
8:30 am

Good effort team. Auburn only scored 49, UGA VIII still lives, and Grantham survived another night with those tight red panties.

NYCDAWGFAN

November 14th, 2010
8:38 am

I’ll say this. Congrats on the win, but no. 90 from Auburn should hope that I never see him in person. I swear on all that is holy that if I ever see him in person, he will not be able to walk. Print it, Use it for the locker room, I don’t care. If you play classless ball you should expect Karma to come back. Im Karma fat boy, please stay out of NYC. I’ll stomp with my red and black shoes. Go Dawgs!!