Richt expresses thanks, relief for hard-fought win over Gators

WHAT THEY SAID

Postgame quotes . . .

GEORGIA HEAD COACH MARK RICHT

“To God be the glory. I’m thankful for what just happened. I know it was just a ballgame, but it seemed like a lot more than that. Just to see our players and fans celebrate in this place especially was awesome. I’m very glad to be a part of this today.

“Thankfully, we got a couple of turnovers deep in our territory, and both of our touchdown came on fourth down calls. They were very clutch plays. It takes those types of plays to win this ballgame.”

On the SEC Eastern Division race…

“In hindsight, I can say this now that it’s over, but this was more than just another game to win and to keep pace in the Eastern Division. You could see it with our guys, but we didn’t want to try to make it any bigger than it needed to be. We wanted them to focus on their jobs, and I thought they did that. It wasn’t looking good early on, and credit Florida for what they did in their two-week period. But down by seven at halftime, we still had a good feeling. We were in good shape.”

On what was said in the Georgia locker room at halftime…

“I didn’t see the deer in the headlights look. What I saw was a bunch of guys focused and believing. I thought our staff did a nice job of making adjustments to what they were doing. We had a good plan in the second half, and our guys executed well. And we finished the game without the drama at the end.”

On Georgia’s defense…

“Our defense was fantastic. To start the game, they didn’t have a back in the backfield, so they weren’t really trying to run the ball. Quite frankly, we didn’t have many answers early on. We were able to force a couple of turnovers and took care of business.”

GEORGIA PLAYER QUOTES

Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray . . .

“All of those guys did a great job of going up and making a play when it counted. They went up high in the air and basically wrestled it way from the defenders to make some awesome catches. Those guys were huge for us tonight.” On beating Florida: “It’s just a great feeling. Everyone has been saying how lopsided the series with Florida has been over the years but this team was 0-0 going into this game. And now we’re 1-0. We have been working on a lot of the plays that worked for two straight weeks now and I think us hitting some of those huge touchdown catches changed the momentum of this game.”

Sophomore outside linebacker Jarvis Jones . . .

  • On the victory over the Gators: “Our seniors and coaches deserved this win. This was a big game for (Coach Mark Richt), it was huge game for the SEC race. We just came out and did what we needed to do the whole game.”
  • On his four-sack performance: “The coaches just put us in a great position to have success tonight. Coach (Todd) Grantham gave us their weaknesses and we tried to take advantage of them. If something I do helps us win games and helps this team, I’ll try my best to do it.”

Freshman receiver Michael Bennett . . .

  • On his touchdown catch on fourth down: “It was just a fade route and Aaron threw it in the spot where only I could catch it. I had to go up and snag it and then kind of wrestle it away from their guy. I was glad I was able to come through for the team. I thought Tavarres King’s catch was also unbelievable too, he really stepped up for us big.”
  • On Georgia’s passing game in the second half: “Our coaches kind of changed up our game plan for the second half. They thought we could gash them on deep pass plays and that’s what we did.”

FLORIDA HEAD COACH WILL MUSCHAMP

Opening statement:

“We had our opportunities in the game. We had two turnovers inside our 25-yard line; gave up 14 points on two critical fourth down plays and a lack of being able to run the football – too many penalties in critical situations. Obviously John went and we got some performance on his part, very proud of him and his effort, he’s a guy who really lays it on the line. We couldn’t get him under center to do some of the things we wanted to do, we knew that going into the game. We felt like we had some things in the throwing game and that’s why we stayed with what we wanted to do in that situation. We have to find some ways to run the football. We cannot be so one-dimensional and that’s something we have to work on. We got a turnover inside the 10, end up with two sacks and we’re out of field goal range. Those are very frustrating to deal with, but we had our opportunities in the last two ball games. We have to close it out and win those games.”

On Brantley’s ankle status affecting the run game:

“Well there’s no question it affects the run and we run the ball so much east and west – we need to be able to run the ball downhill and when you’re in the gun it’s hard to run the ball consistently downhill. So again, he’s limited with his ankle but we felt like he gave us opportunity to be successful in the game so that’s what we went with. I’d do it again, John played well and we just need to figure out how we can run the ball a little bit more effectively.”

On the rest of the season:

“I just go to work. You know you have to go back and go to work, evaluate where we are and figure out some different answers. We had some different things planned in the game, but we stayed with that because we felt that gave us the best opportunity to be successful against this group. They’re big thick inside, we just wanted to spread them out and try to run the ball and we didn’t have success doing it. ”

On Jarvis Jones and rushing the ball:

“Jarvis is a good player, he’s a good rusher – their best rusher. He did a good job, but again, in those situations you have to be able to have some sort of run game to slow down the rush and it’s tough on the tackles to continue to kick out and block the edge rushers. We need to go back and evaluate the run game and figure out ways to run the football.”

FLORIDA PLAYERS

Sophomore Kicker Brandon Phillips . . .

  • On getting his chance to start: “Coach told me earlier in the week that I’d be doing kick off. He told me about 10 minutes before the game that I’d be doing field goals because Caleb Sturgis was down, so I just had to step up, pick up the slack, and do what I needed to do. I was excited. I’ve been waiting all season to get my chance and I finally got it.”
  • On missing his first FG: “Muschamp came up to me and told me to relax, and pretty much the whole team boosted me up on that one and helped me get through the rest of the game. It calmed me down after that field goal and I was able to do what I needed to do for the rest of the game.”

Redshirt Sophomore Center Jonotthan Harrison . . .

  • On generating a consistent running game: “We had a good two weeks at practice, and during the week we actually generated a running game pretty well, but we weren’t executing plays as well as we should have been.”
  • On tonight’s penalties: “I can only speak for myself but one time I was having difficulty hearing the quarterback, and another time I did roll the snap back.”
  • On offensive change with Brantley in shotgun: “A lot of our plays that we run under center we tweaked a little bit to run them under the gun.”
  • On Florida’s frustration level: “I can’t speak for the whole team obviously, but individually, it’s very frustrating. On certain things, we’re just killing ourselves basically. I’m just killing myself. We could perform a lot better than we actually are. Like I said, it’s a matter of executing and just finishing everything.”
  • On priorities for team: “Executing plays, like I’ve said many times, and just having everyone completely focused on the offense. If everyone works as a team, then we’ll be successful.”

Senior Tackle Jaye Howard . . .

On dealing with losses: “It’s tough to deal with, but all we can do is continue to go out and show up every week and just give it our best.  Since I’ve been at Florida, I’ve only been through one difficult season, and that was last year. It’s just going to develop a competing edge in me so I can take it to the next level. Everyone’s taking it hard. It’s four games in a row that we’ve lost now. The only thing we can do is keep the team motivated and keep pushing. The season’s still not over. We can go out and win and get a good bowl game, so that’s what we’re playing for now.”

363 comments Add your comment

boots

October 29th, 2011
11:15 pm

Chip, what’s the word on injuries?

trout dawg

October 29th, 2011
11:19 pm

We beat Florida!!! Its a GREAT day!!!

SimpleDawg

October 29th, 2011
11:20 pm

How can Drew Butler and Blair Walsh go from being a strength of the team to being a couple of anchors around the team’s neck? They both are killing us. Time, after time, after time……

Hey Crowell….. Stop being such a wussy. You could really help us if you could play more 15 – 20 plays a game.

And Aaron Murray……I really don’t know what to say. I’m not really sure what your deal is, but you are not the answer.

Glad the Dawgs won, but I don’t think either team can be happy about their play.

Robert

October 29th, 2011
11:20 pm

Good for Coach Richt. Maybe this will shut up his critics for 6 days. Go Dawgs!

trout dawg

October 29th, 2011
11:20 pm

and i dont care how it looked… GO DAWGS

Dawg48

October 29th, 2011
11:24 pm

Simple dawg
Enjoy the win dude and stop crying your self!

SimpleDawg

October 29th, 2011
11:26 pm

Oh, and does anyone think we need a SPECIAL teams coach? Today they played more like special ed than special teams. Just horrific play on special teams.

ADMan

October 29th, 2011
11:28 pm

Simple Dawg…please go away…you don’t know sh-t about college football…we don’t need you as a Georgia fan. If somebody gave you a free Ferrari I bet you say “Gee I already have a small car”….Hey you want some cheese with that wine of yours?

Shawn

October 29th, 2011
11:29 pm

I know a few Gaytors who were texting and Gloating for about 2 hours when they were up 14-3. They got quiet all the sudden later. My turn will last a Year! It was ugly like most of our wins but any win in Jax is sweet to me! Go Dawgs!

Dawg48

October 29th, 2011
11:30 pm

Simple dawg is being a wussy!

Shawn

October 29th, 2011
11:31 pm

Our special teams are not so special but I am still pleased with a Victory. I would not mind seeing us hire a coach just for special teams.

dawggirl

October 29th, 2011
11:34 pm

I just absolutely love Jarvis Jones’ comments. What an unselfish, team-first attitude and how refreshing that is after some years with some very talented skill players but who were usually not about team. USC’s loss was definitely our gain, so glad to have him as a Dawg.

bwkdawg

October 29th, 2011
11:35 pm

For everyone who don’t know anything about college football listen, its not as simple as getting a special teams coach this is not the NFL. In college football and this is for all colleges you can only have a certain number of coaches on staff so college teams split special team duty among several different coaches and that how all schools do it not just uga.

dawgfan6

October 29th, 2011
11:36 pm

bwkdawg

October 29th, 2011
11:36 pm

However our special teams do need work

Beachdawg

October 29th, 2011
11:42 pm

Some of the big plays against UGA was similar to the SC game…but to their credit the defense shut a lot of that down. Though the stats don’t look so hot, I thought Murray played a stellar game and am MOST impressed with the receiving corps. Jarvis Jackson was a beast as was the entire defense today. Didn’t have to be this close…gotta get the PK back on track.
Proud of the Dawgs!!!!

Beachdawg

October 29th, 2011
11:43 pm

Sorry ….Jarvis Jones…

Idiot Dawg

October 29th, 2011
11:50 pm

I can’t take credit for the win by myself but I ought to get a sizable amount because of all the hatin I have been doing for 2 solid weeks. There is nothing better that a dead gator on the last saturday in October

Bamadawg

October 29th, 2011
11:51 pm

Bobo’s play calling doesn’t need scouting. First down? Run it right into the line. End runs? Forget it. Bobo ought to go!

JimmyT11

October 30th, 2011
12:01 am

SPECIAL TEAMS….SPECIAL TEAMS!!!! Can we please get a special teams coach!!!!! Kickoff coverage?! Punt coverage?! Field goal attempts?! What a joke!!!

The Realist

October 30th, 2011
12:01 am

LOL simple dawg…agreed

flo-ri-duh

October 30th, 2011
12:03 am

I told you MusChump couldn’t hold Mark Richt’s jock strap. After Georgia got all their defensive starters back at the half they dominated Florida’s o-line. Florida’s defense wore down in the 4th quarter and Georgia finally got smart enough not to kick to Demps and Rainey. The offense made plays at critical times and while Murray missed some open guys he came through under pressure. The o-line was great in the 4th quarter. Samuel ran with power and determination. The offense still is inconsistent in the red zone. The only major concern is still the special teams. I’m proud of the effort the team made and I’m proud for Mark Richt. It’s about time!

aarh

October 30th, 2011
12:05 am

Beachdawg- Who’s Jarvis Jackson? I thought his name was Jarvis Jones!

Jared

October 30th, 2011
12:06 am

Where is Atlanta Gator, Beast of the East?

Albany Alvin

October 30th, 2011
12:08 am

Class act on Richt’s part. He could have called time out and scored from the 1 at the end. Big win anyway;

Texas Dawg

October 30th, 2011
12:12 am

It was a beautiful win, and it’s a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog!

2 N 10

October 30th, 2011
12:20 am

weiss had a good game plan,hes doin a great job!glad hes there

Sam

October 30th, 2011
12:24 am

TampaDawg

October 30th, 2011
12:25 am

Simple Dawg is one of those guys we see on here ALL THE TIME. Never satisfied and spends more time on here complaining about a win than most would about a loss. Yes, special teams killed us. Got it. IC keeps coming out, whatever, who cares, because of all the games for Samuel to run hard the way he should, this was a great one to do it. And Murray was off in the second half but let’s be honest. Can we possibly get the receivers to actually RUN through the route rather than stopping to jump for a ball. RUN THROUGH THE ROUTE. Tavarres did it a few times, Orson did it once. It’s just basic route running.

TampaDawg

October 30th, 2011
12:27 am

I know Jared. Where is gatormeat and Gator Chomp Champ? Losers

Sam

October 30th, 2011
12:27 am

Thank goodness the St. John’s curse went awry today. GO DAWGS!

War Dang Dawg

October 30th, 2011
12:31 am

CHOMP CHOMP couch, spit, gag, wheeze, CROAK

24-20

War Dang Dawg

October 30th, 2011
12:34 am

uh, “cough” that is. But you get the point. The “chomp” has been silenced for a year.

Mikey-A

October 30th, 2011
12:34 am

Simple Dawg you are right on with your concerns. Still, ugly win but GO DAWGS!!!! Happy for the players, fans and CMR.

Thomas Brown

October 30th, 2011
12:49 am

Mark Richt, when not settling for field goals, beat Florida. Chris Rainey, with his girlfriend still alive to witness it, gave the game to Georgia to insure itself of being the worst Florida team in 24 years. Chris Conley really showed us all he is a great receiver. Marlon Brown stepped up. Richard Samuel aimed his body forward. Florida has no offense. None. I never saw a team have so many costly penalties as Florida handed to us to today. That is a miserable Florida team. Aaron Murray won a game over an unranked opponent, threw an interception, was way off target all night long again, and showed some heart out there like he had shown us last season and gutted it out against a good Florida defense. Anytime you beat Florida, it is important. South Carolina won; in fact all the teams we beat all lost. On a day many of those ranked way ahead of us in the polls, lost, we won in JAX. We used to always win in JAX. We do seem headed to my 11-3; I hope so. We cut down on penalties, although we flirt with celebration; and don’t need to take off the scoreboard one of our touchdowns. Good gracious, do we need special teams coaching staff. Against a good team, those would have had us losing handily tonight. We beat a team who has Won 3 Consensus National Championships in the last 14 years, and who has been significantly better than us in our own Division of our own conference the entire Mark Richt era. They are a down team, an unranked, worst Florida team in 24 years. We won. It was known that we would win. This is not a testament to Mark Richt that the game was played in the fashion it was played, by us. Mark Richt needed to win this game to get his record against Florida to the same record he enjoys in his 11 years, against teams who finished in the Top 10. Mark Richt’s win total is not worth your time writing about. We play 14-game seasons nowadays when 10-win seasons in the past, meant that you had lost at most, 1 game. We’ve lost 2 and have at least 1 more loss coming, I hope. I say I hope because South Carolina has a very easy schedule this season too, and we handed that football game to South Carolina on a Silver Platter.

Tavares King and Michael Bennett did well. Aron White drops passes, and always has. Shawn Williams fell on the fumble, and did not look like a dumba** to me, again. If the officials had had their way, Shawn Williams does not get a fumble recovery. In the old days, not having that Chris Rainey fumble, costs us the game – quite obviously. Bacarri Rambo got torched on the TD, and for good measure picked Alec Ogletree; but, he too came up with a fumble recovery and a pass break-up. And, it was Alec Ogletree who caused the fumble. Jarvis Jones had 1 of those 2, and 4 sacks by himself. We need to get some of these kinds on guys on the field on kick-off coverage, like our better opponents do. Have a ST coach, and that would be his 1st action. Brandon Boykin had a good game. Might as well be a hundred years, and in 2005 we ended up not # 1 in The SEC in the polls but # 3 of just SEC teams. 2002 only a 4-loss Auburn ended up in the Coaches’ Poll Top 25 with us. But, we LOST to Florida BOTH of those seasons.

I think we can all agree that the dawgs won despite inept, not so special teams and erratic QB play but to win regardless means that the rest of the team more than made up for these inadequacies.

pj

October 30th, 2011
12:52 am

Guess what? Georgia beat Florida. Say it out loud – Georgia BEAT Florida. I could give a crap what some of you trolls think about the details. Georgia. Beat. Florida. 6 in a row, about to be 7. UGA vs Auburn will be at night between the hedges and it will be for the SEC East. Looking forward to it.

TampaDawg

October 30th, 2011
1:00 am

Gosh Thomas Brown, I actually can say, although a lot of it was like reading the ESPN recap of the game, it was an insightful post. I don’t agree that Rambo got torched on that TD just because the commentators said so. He HAS to move up because Grantham rushed 6 on 4th and 19 for some unknown reason leaving the middle of the field WIDE OPEN. So if Brantley takes off to run for the first down, he has it. YOU CAN”T RUSH 6 ON 4TH AND 19 ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FIELD!!! Just bad call on D. I also believe the receivers need to learn a little more about route running. You have to finish running through the route. Murray would have had 5 more completions if receivers (including Charles) would just finish running through the route rather than the stop and jump method.

TampaDawg

October 30th, 2011
1:02 am

Either way, GREAT WIN FOR THE DAWGS. It never matters in this game what the records are. Ever! And I am waiting on UF fans to talk about Brantley being hurt for their excuse. Never mind the fact that we didn’t have Mitchell for the game or two of our better defenders for the first half. Great win DAWGS!!

GT is a 4th rate high school team

October 30th, 2011
1:08 am

Looks like Richt still like to coach at UGA. He really got out of his old vanilla self and went out several times from his comfort zone to win this game.

Harold

October 30th, 2011
1:08 am

Hey Albany Alvin, you said, “Class act on Richt’s part. He could have called time out and scored from the 1 at the end. Big win anyway;”

Pay attention to the game big guy…Georgia did not have any timeouts left to call even if Richt would have considered it, which there is no way in the world he would have. They had already called their last timeout a few minutes earlier.

GT is a 4th rate high school team

October 30th, 2011
1:10 am

UGA defense obviously showed how good they are if they do not have injuries and suspensions.

Stinger

October 30th, 2011
1:12 am

UGA has yet to beat a ranked team. We beat # 5 and # 25. Now what is your claim to fame?

Pago Pago DAWG

October 30th, 2011
1:13 am

Thomas Brown, PLZ hit the “enter” every 10,000 lines,ghesss.

pj

October 30th, 2011
1:13 am

our claim to fame is that we whip your rear ends year after year buddy.

Harold

October 30th, 2011
1:16 am

Thomas Brown, please go find something else to do!

Thomas Brown

October 30th, 2011
1:20 am

You mean so that we all can read stuff like this from you, instead ?

harold

October 25th, 2011
4:13 pm

3-18 AGAINST THE GATORS IN THE LAST 21 GAMES IS AWFUL. RICHT HAS ONLY WON “2″ TIMES AGAINST FLORIDA.

RICHT MUST BE IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OR HE IS DONE!

Harold

October 30th, 2011
1:26 am

Get your facts straight Thomas Brown…that was not me that said that.

Pachoo

October 30th, 2011
1:27 am

Richt is way too religous. Why would God favor Georgia over Florida, or any team? WTF? Would a God really worry about something as damn trivial as a sports game? Would a God really pick one team to favor over another??

It’s such an idiotic thing to say after a win. It’s basically saying that you think God helped YOUR team win. Asinine.

RED DOG 77

October 30th, 2011
1:35 am

Yup, our wins look pretty ugly……..but then again, they are wins. This is a young and hungry Bulldog team whos wins are going to get prettier and prettier……….The University of Georgia football program is cycling up now………..We may not win-out, hell I don’t know how the rest of the season will go…….but when I read quotes like the one Jarvis Jones gave I know he speaks for the “heart” of the team…………..And to the Richt and Bobo haters, look at what we have done this year………now be honest with yourself, think about who returns next year!……..Hell, if we could play a full 4 quarters we could stand toe to toe with LSU and Alabama now………Think about how next years team with that much more maturity is going to look against, well…….anybody…………It is a good night to be a Georgia BULLDOG…………….RED

BillnJax

October 30th, 2011
1:39 am

This game for the Bulldog nation was important in two ways. Not only did we put an end to Florida’s 3 game winning streak over us but this is the first time since 1988 that we have beaten the Gators and Vols in the same year. What a relief. Go Dawgs!