Richt: Harrow’s hit ‘most impressive play of the game’

Transcript, provided by UGA, of comments from coaches and players after Georgia’s 45-7 victory over Auburn:

GEORGIA

Coach Mark Richt:

“We just played great. I’m trying to think of another game where we played this well in a situation that was so important to us. We knew South Carolina won its game, so we had to win. We played a top-25 team, a very good football team, and we played solid. I am as proud as I can be of our coaches and players. It’s a great night to be a Georgia Bulldog. … We had tremendous execution. I know we haven’t done that for an entire game like we did tonight.”

“We finished well. We had a lot of first downs when we decided to run the ball and chew up the clock. First downs like that are a tribute to the offensive line, but it also takes the fullbacks and the tight ends, everybody. To have two guys go over 100 yards is a tribute to everyone.”

“I thought the most impressive play of the game was when Quintavious Harrow had that knock-’em-back, get-everybody-in-the-stadium-excited tackle. That ignited our football team.”

“Our fans had a lot to do with our success definitely. They created so much noise. When you see a quarterback walk to every player on the team, you know it’s loud. It slows them down, and it creates a little confusion for them.”

“(After this season’s 0-2 start), I was really hoping we’d continue to improve as the season rolled along. The guys are gaining more confidence and they’re playing hard and they’re playing smart. … After each snap, we want our guys to play hard and play physical. We want each guy to win his 1-on-1 battle. We challenged each guy to win down after down.”

Quarterback Aaron Murray:

“It’s a great win for us. We got off to an 0-2 start, and sometimes the offense was playing great and sometimes the defense was playing great. It seems like it all kind of just clicked for everyone today.”

“All three facets of the game played great. The defense was making it impossible for them, special teams played great and the offense was clicking. It all starts with the offensive line giving me time and opening up huge holes.”

Tailback Carlton Thomas:

“We’ve been working hard. All the coaches and players have been behind each other, and it’s an awesome feeling to come out and do what we did. Everyone was playing tough.”

“Obviously, I got a lot of carries and I was just trying to make them the best carries of my life and make the best of the opportunity.”

“We’ve got great depth and it’s all starting to show late in the season. We’ve just got to keep working. I’m really excited to see where we’ll end up in January.”

Safety Bacarri Rambo:

(On his interception return for a touchdown:) “I saw Abry (Jones) waving for me to come that way, so I did, and those guys just helped me into the end zone. We played great today. It’s a great day to be a Bulldog.”

Linebacker Alec Ogletree:

“Offense, defense, special teams, everyone played great today and it showed. We wanted to come out and play a full game together and that’s what we did. We just worked hard all week and it paid off today in the game.”

AUBURN

Coach Gene Chizik:

“There isn’t a whole lot I can tell you that you didn’t see. It was a disappointing loss for us. We got beat at every phase of the game tonight. We didn’t cover many people all night, couldn’t stop the run and turned the ball over. That’s why we got beat 45-7.”

“Georgia made some good plays and is a very talented team. With the exception of the first drive, they flat out stopped our offense. We couldn’t get some of the perimeter pass game under control. It was pretty evident what we couldn’t do.”

“Hopefully we can fix some of the things that happened. Week in and week out, we look at what the defense gives us and design our game from there. Georgia is tough to defend. Murray threw tonight with great accuracy, which he has been doing all year. We just didn’t do a good job defending the perimeter pass.”

“We’re playing with guys who have the most experience for the last 10 weeks. Tonight, the outward appearance was that we got physically dominated on both sides of the ball. Maybe when we watch film, we will find something different.”

Quarterback Clint Moseley:

“I really can’t put a finger on it. I messed up too much, and this was a big team loss. They got too many yards, and we didn’t get any. It was bad.”

(Comparing LSU and UGA): “Both teams know how to play defense. I don’t want to cause anything by making a prediction, but it will be a great game.”

“I really thought this was the best week of practice that we’ve had all season. We are a young team but that doesn’t make it any better.”

Wide receiver Emory Blake:

“Next week we need to go back to work, watch film and fix our mistakes.”

“I’m a little shocked. I thought we were prepared. We made too many mistakes. They are a good team, but we played poorly.”

Linebacker Corey Lemonier:

“They had a good game plan and came out and executed, and we missed out assignments. They dominated us. We’ll come back next week and try to prove something.”

566 comments Add your comment

Larry Ware

November 12th, 2011
10:26 pm

Where are all the Mark Richt haters……jerks….non-football knowing jerks…..

WestCoast Dawg

November 12th, 2011
10:29 pm

FIRST!!!GO DAWGS!!!!

Big D

November 12th, 2011
10:30 pm

HBTD!!!! That win will keep them away…Lary.

Dawgwild

November 12th, 2011
10:31 pm

Great win Dawgs! Proud to be a bulldog and a great way to win at home against the barners. TECH lost this week even better. GOOD JOB THIS WEEK COACH RICHT!!!

Yahoo

November 12th, 2011
10:33 pm

Agreed Larry Ware!

TampaDawg

November 12th, 2011
10:34 pm

Agree with Larry, Big D and Yahooo-oooooo. This team was READY. Holding Dyer and McCalebb to under 80 yards combined is a statement making feat.

Very Old Dawg

November 12th, 2011
10:35 pm

Chizik is a one-trick pony.

ktthebrick

November 12th, 2011
10:35 pm

GO DAWGS!!! Funny how all the CMR haters are hiding. ANd the thing is, most of them start off saying ” I am a Ga. fan, but…. Well- if you are a Ga. fan, you need to be blowing this site up talking about how great Ga. looked today. THe defense looked fierce, and the offense played really well. GO DAWGS- beat another Tiger in December.

Old Coach

November 12th, 2011
10:35 pm

@ Larry
You are 100% correct about these non-football knowing jerks! I guess they are out trying to get Muschamp or Mullin, or even Charlie Wiess to Athens! Absolute stupidity. Great job by the GEORGIA COACHES.

ehaireDawginDothan

November 12th, 2011
10:36 pm

Dawgs made Larry Munson proud tonight. I would love to have watched the game with him. He loves beating Auburn. Thanks coach Richt for staying the course and kudos to coach Bobo for a great game plan. Way to go coach Grantham..Junkyard Dawgs are back!

Twilb Dawg

November 12th, 2011
10:37 pm

This team is rolling! Keep it up Dawgs! It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!!!

kybodawg

November 12th, 2011
10:39 pm

anybody want a drink of my koolaid, it taste sweeter every week. go dawgs

Larry Ware

November 12th, 2011
10:41 pm

Any reasonable fan would have looked at the schedule this season and known that even after losing to Boise St. and Carolina that we had a chance for a great season. I think the sign of good coaching is improvement…..CMR, Bobo, and Grantham started the season with a very young team and made them into very tough, physical, disciplined (very few penalties for the season), and efficient team.
Defense is always the key! Offenses will have some days when execution is not perfect……this defense is hitting very hard and wrapping up….fundamentally sound……good job coaching staff.

dawggirl

November 12th, 2011
10:41 pm

Fantastic game, I’m so proud of our players and coaches – especially CMR. Go Dawgs! Keep it up for next week against Kentucky – and it’s on to Atlanta!

Wonder if we’ll see 2010 BCS Champs around. My guess is no. Scoreboard, hater.

WDE

November 12th, 2011
10:43 pm

Great win we needed it and the coaches and player made it happen ! Go Dawgs!

Larry Ware

November 12th, 2011
10:43 pm

and one more thing….to all those idiots who say that CMR is too nice and too “soft”, and that his son should not be on the sideline….you can eat it.

dawggirl

November 12th, 2011
10:44 pm

Amen, Larry!

WDE

November 12th, 2011
10:46 pm

@Larry Ware your 10:41 post was right on the money !

dawggirl

November 12th, 2011
10:46 pm

Vegas, I officially apologize. I called you stupid for setting the line. Now we know it should have been even higher.

cmon man

November 12th, 2011
10:47 pm

Good Job Mark Richt. Thanks also for having class ans showing composure in the face of adversity. BTW, I’m always totally behind you when you speak of your faith to get through all of this. Keep the faith brother and we will have more wins like this. No doubt that if you had lost this game, all the haters would be all over this site…but I was pleased to read this article and hear nothing but crickets. Only well wishers!!!

Jiggy Smaha

November 12th, 2011
10:47 pm

Well…that takes care of the orange teams on our schedule for this year—Tennessee, Florida, Auburn…..
Now let’s take care of Arkansas (or LS-who?) in the Dome and head for New Orleans….

Joseph

November 12th, 2011
10:49 pm

I certainly hope we are finished hearing the “fire Coach Richt” talk! I direct this not only at the fair weather fans, but also to the media. Coach Richt and his staff are doing a wonderful job. Go Dawgs! Beat Kentucky and punch our ticket to the dome!

441North

November 12th, 2011
10:49 pm

I’m tellin’ ya……..we got a good shot against whoever in the dome ! These men are growing by leaps and bounds every week…….

FIRE BOBO!!!!

November 12th, 2011
10:51 pm

Wait a second….

NewnanDawg

November 12th, 2011
10:53 pm

Love how Richt called those timeouts at the end of the first half instead of letting the clock run out. I was hoping that we would try like a seventy yard field goal just to toy with them. Richt didn’t forget about last year.

pj

November 12th, 2011
10:54 pm

I’ve been a Richt supporter on these blogs for years – but I do remember being so frustrated while walking out of the dome in the 4th Q of the Boise game. I said then that we needed a new direction….

Very happy that IM not the person who makes those decisions and McGarity is. Until Boise, I had been a staunch Richt guy – and did jump back after the Miss st game – but even though it was for 1-2 weeks, ill be a sacrificial lamb and volunteer to eat crow on behalf of the haters.
When Bennett caught the 2nd TD, I was the only guy right in front of it on the opposite side of the hedges and cbs caught me fist pumping at 34 years old.
So much fun at the stadium today. God bless CMR and god bless our Dawgs! Beat UK!

RedandBlack

November 12th, 2011
10:54 pm

Congratulations to Coach Richt, his staff, and to the Georgia Bulldogs. What we saw today was a Football Team!! Keep on hitting them hard and often. Well done. Go Dogs!!

flo-ri-duh

November 12th, 2011
10:59 pm

Auburn quit. Never said that before. They have lost 4 games and were crushed in all four games. They got behind and quit.

dawgfan6

November 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

Damn its grea to be a Dawg today! Go Dawgs!!

dawgfan6

November 12th, 2011
11:00 pm

I meant great lol.

UGADAWGS2011

November 12th, 2011
11:03 pm

So where is that D-bag “2010 National Champions” now? I can’t seem to find his insightful posts anywhere..

qb

November 12th, 2011
11:07 pm

Great win for the Dawgs. First time in a while they put it all together.

Larry, you sound like a two year old. Just learn to ignore people who irk you.

dawgforlife

November 12th, 2011
11:10 pm

so many weapons…last years team had Green and pray for rain; but, this team is loaded. They may lose and they may win…but, they will not be out athleted…Richt is a good coach. a better man, and whoever the Dawgs play in the dome better strap ‘em up cause win, lose, or draw, they are going to know they were in a game.

Reality Check

November 12th, 2011
11:14 pm

@ Fire Bobo – he still made some calls at the end of the first half that puzzled me. The 2 fumbles by Crowell and the shanked punk by Butler were also unacceptable.

So I guess the Dawgs only grade a 99.

The single most complete performance by the Dawgs against a real opponent (Hawaii doesn’t count) since the 2005 SEC Championship game. I was there and all I have to say is…WOW.

30 first downs? Unbelievable.

We ran for 300 yards, they ran for 55.

Murray was brilliant and flawless.

Receivers made huge plays.

But most of all — the D grades out at A(+). I love what what Grantham has done with Jarvis Jones – while listed at LB, he really is playing DE a la Lawrence Taylor. He is in the backfield on every play and teams have to account for him at all times.

And the fans — great noise and atmosphere Dawg fans — that was fun — a lot of fun.

Congrats to our soon to be SEC East Division Champion Dawgs!!!

WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF GO DAWGS

GA Sandlapper

November 12th, 2011
11:17 pm

godawgs92

November 12th, 2011
11:17 pm

to all of you that are bashing the “richt haters”, it is obvious from watching this season unfold that cmr owes them a huge debt. He was dangerously close to falling asleep at the wheel and piloting this program into oblivion. The irony of the whole thing is that now that we finally have his attention, he is apparently ready to (for now) pay attention to whats going on. In the end, his critics may very well end up saving his job

Dawgscrews

November 12th, 2011
11:17 pm

@PJ… nothing wrong with getting excited. I jump up and down, high fiving, and the fist pumping, and i am 40 !!! Lets keep it going and we can start in the Dome and finish in the Dome !!! Sic Em..

GA Sandlapper

November 12th, 2011
11:18 pm

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GA Sandlapper

November 12th, 2011
11:18 pm

Good win Dawgs! You did what we could not do and that is be AU. Good luck and LSU/ARK!

BullDawg Rick

November 12th, 2011
11:18 pm

Could not be more happy for the TEAM, the kids & CMR & Staff… Most COMPLETE game in 4 years!! The Dawgs are earning this title.. Then to the Dome va LSWho…& – who knows.. Our team is playing well & let the “chips fall where they may”…. Defense is plsying lights out.. The players LOVE CTG… Glad for IC & Thomas come back & play well.. The O-line played the best all season.. Cordy is a beast on the line!

Jarv Jones is Boss Jr… Creating havak all over the field..

Gooo Dawgs!

Stanford & Boise State

November 12th, 2011
11:23 pm

No fair! Y’all have a better chance at a BCS bowl than we do!

The Realist

November 12th, 2011
11:29 pm

If we had scheduled a scrub team in week one we’d be undefeated right now. Good job McGarrity!!!!

LarryDawg

November 12th, 2011
11:33 pm

I give this coaching staff and players all the credit for this win. They were good in every facet of the game. Anyone still think Q Harrow cant play?

JaxDawg

November 12th, 2011
11:33 pm

pj/dawgsrews…absolutely nothing wrong with matching our team’s emotion. My gang was jumping around and hollering like teenagers and we are all 50! Could have been the booze too, I guess.

Rabid Dawg'84

November 12th, 2011
11:39 pm

I just checked, Georgia hasn’t beaten a ranked team by 38 with Richt, I’m pretty sure Florida was ranked when we beat them 44-0 in the early 80s. This was Richt’s most complete win. Maybe it’s better to play early cupcakes unless you have a senior lead team. These Dawgs can play with anyone. Go Dawgs!

trupert

November 12th, 2011
11:39 pm

How about them dawgs!!!

Now that’s exactly how you take a team to the wood shed!!!

Chizik, that’s what you get for crossing that line last year. This is UGA and you better learn some respect!!!

You Auburn fans should take notice, that’s how you win with class and y’all should be thankful that Mark Richt called off Murray.

If Richt was as classless as Chizik and he had not taken the ball out of Murrays hand it would have been 70 to 7.

UGA89

November 12th, 2011
11:44 pm

Best overall game a UGA team has played in a few years, probably since the Hawaii Sugar Bowl.
What is the deal with Crowell though?
Fumbles happen but at times he looks like he doesn’t give a $hit.
Offense really would be clicking if we had a top 10 RB.
ALSO Bama’s Kickers suck worse than Walsh.

RxDawg

November 12th, 2011
11:46 pm

Oh man that was fun. Go Dawgs!

milk dud

November 12th, 2011
11:47 pm

Where are all the trollers!

JaxDawg

November 12th, 2011
11:49 pm

Walsh will return with his head screwed on straight. He has done too much for us to give up on him.