Richt: ‘It’s hard to win nine in a row — period.’

What players and coaches on both sides were saying after Georgia’s 19-10 victory over Kentucky (transcript provided by UGA):

Georgia coach Mark Richt:

“I left the South Carolina game [when Georgia was 0-2] encouraged. I wasn’t encouraged that we lost, but I was encouraged that as we moved forward that we could win. I knew we had good leaders, good players and good coaches. We had to protect the ball and get after it. It’s hard to win nine in a row, especially when you need every single one to get back to the Dome. I’m just so proud of them right now.”

“Today was definitely a team victory. Everybody had to do their part. I thought the special teams played extremely well. The offense made enough plays and the defense did their thing.”

“Brandon Harton had to come through for us. Even though the ball came out a few times, he had over 100 yards. And Ken (Malcome) did a few things. Overall, the tailbacks protected pretty good. As the game went on, they made some plays.”

“Our defense stoned them again. Twenty-three yards net [rushing], that’s pretty fantastic. They didn’t throw that well either. Our defense played lights out I thought.”

“I am so proud of the guys for winning the SEC East. Guys could have quit, pointed fingers and found a way to fall apart. But they didn’t do that. Last season was pretty horrible by record, but the players never gave up on the coaches and the coaches never gave up on the players. We maintained our unity. That’s what carried us through the offseason and carried us through the early part of this year.”

“Kentucky played hard. We missed some opportunities, but we kept fighting. I’m glad there was not a lot of drama at the end.”

“You take it one game at a time, one play at a time, one practice at a time. It’s hard to win nine in a row — period. I’m just thankful that we did.”

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray:

“It’s a victory. We didn’t play great, but it’s great to get back to Atlanta. We’re excited. We have our game at Georgia Tech first, but we’re definitely blessed [to be back in the SEC Championship game] this year. It’s a great feeling.”

“We just weren’t connecting [today], and you’re going to have those games. We just fought through it. The defense played great and we’re just happy to get out of it with a win.”

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones:

“We knew they would come in with some confidence and that they were going to give it their all. Last time they were here they beat us, so we knew they were coming to play. We just came to battle and stepped up. “

“After the beginning of the season we were a little down, but you just have to keep fighting, and that’s what we did. Now we’re headed back to Atlanta, and it’s a really good feeling.”

Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo:

“It’s feels so good. The last time Georgia made it to the SEC championship I was in ninth grade, so it’s a great feeling. We put in a ton of work in the off-season and pre-season and it’s all paying off.”

Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin:

“I’m feeling great. This is what I came back to do. It’s like a fantasy. As a senior, to win on senior day and to win the SEC East is a great feeling.”

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips:

“I am proud of this team and how they fought. A lot of people knew how much this week meant for Georgia, and no one talked about what we were playing for. We’re playing for pride, our university and an extra win. The game that this team played proved they played for each other as well. I am proud of them.”

“I said at half time that our defense had a lot of wins today. They forced some field goals instead of touchdowns that kept us in the game. It was good to see some young guys come up and make some plays. We had some guys who haven’t practiced lately and really came through with some good plays for us today. It was probably the best game this defense has played this year. We didn’t get pushed around, and we have seen Georgia push some really good teams around. I don’t think that they pushed us around.”

“We made some plays in the first half. We proved that we could move the ball on any defense that we face. We couldn’t get the run game started in the second half because of some of the schemes Georgia ran, but I am proud of the way these guys fought for each other out there today. No one can say we didn’t fight.”

“It’s hard to play against a defense that is as good as Georgia. This is one of the best defenses in the conference. We’ve seen Georgia hold some good teams to just a few points. It’s a tough to play against a team with great personnel, great schemes and athletic players.”

Kentucky wide receiver Brian Adams:

“There’s a lot of excitement coming back here to play. Athens is only 45 minutes from my house [in Gainesville], and it was really awesome for me to play here. I wish we had a different result, but I’ll remember this for a long time.”

“I think we are a lot better than we’ve been showing this year. It’s been frustrating. We have one game left, and we are going to come out and continue to play hard.”

Kentucky offensive guard Stuart Hines:

“It’s tough to deal with. It’s really tough to go out like this without going to a bowl game my senior year.”

Kentucky tailback Raymond Sanders:

“We never quit. We wear the wrist bands that say ‘never, never,’ and we finish ‘never, never’ with ‘never give up.’ I’m proud of my teammates. We played well today and never gave up. I want to congrautale Georgia and those guys over there on winning the East. Their ‘D’ is good and made plays when they needed to, and we didn’t execute well enough.”

Kentucky cornerback Randall Burden:

“After seeing what they did last week to Auburn, everyone thought they would run it down our throats all game. We focused on the game plan and played really hard today. We have seven more days together as a team. We are going to come out and play for pride.”

372 comments Add your comment

HABDAWG

November 19th, 2011
8:23 pm

Good job JYD. Ihope today was just a bump in the road for our offense. It could be a good thing that we did not blow the Cats off the field. Maybe we will come out next week hungry and firing on all cylinders.

SatillaDawg

November 19th, 2011
8:29 pm

Way to go Dawgs!

2011 SEC East Champions!

On to Atlanta!

Troll Power Ratings

November 19th, 2011
8:34 pm

Well played game by the Cats. Kudos to the KY players and Coach Phillips. Congrats Dawgs from coming back a really bad start…and it ain’t over baby!

CHDawg

November 19th, 2011
8:35 pm

Congrats to Dawgs! Great win, and you are going to have off days. We have to play very sharp from here out to keep the streak going.

real fan

November 19th, 2011
8:39 pm

Thanks to the guy sitting in section 132, row 32, seat 20-something. You were an idiot all day, calling out plays, making negative comments, totally spewing out bad strategy for the Dawgs and basically having diarrhea of the mouth. I say thank you because I had told my friends about ignorant old men like you that never went to Georgia, never played football past high school and think that everyone around you is impressed by your commentary.

So thanks for proving that you do exist. And please, whoever gave this person your tickets, don’t let it happen again.

Go Dawgs! Way to win tough! See you in Atlanta the next two weeks!!

Real Fan,
and season ticket holder.

bhamwreck

November 19th, 2011
8:40 pm

Congrats to the dawgs. See you in Atlanta On Saturday. May the best team win.

bugsquacher

November 19th, 2011
8:42 pm

Congrats to the Dawgs and Mark Richt.

I was definitely down on Richt the beginning of the year. Its impressive to win 9 straight, no matter who the wins are against.

Stay focus and finish the drill…. Beat Tech and Win the SEC championship.

AGAIN CONGRATS DAWGS…..!!!!!!

441North

November 19th, 2011
8:42 pm

Told ya’ll we’d come out flat today. Damn I am good ! UK had nothing to lose (except a bowl bid….sorry….this ain’t hoops), and we had much to lose, hence we were tight. Reminded me of the Boise game a little. Bottom line is we got ‘ er done.

IlliniDawg

November 19th, 2011
8:47 pm

Crowell needs to grow a pair and man up, Thomas needs to read the “team rules” another time because he clearly does not understand them. Murray needs to take some Ritalin or something and concentrate better.

At least the Defense has come together to become one of the very best in the nation. And to think that so many of us wanted to fire Grantham.

what was up with the Refs today

November 19th, 2011
8:51 pm

whats was up with the refs today it was like the ref were trying to give the game to KY but the dawgs won, an ugly win but they won. the dawgs will be back to playing like they did with Auburn. I think not having our 3 top backs did not help. we will be fine and beat tech everyone needs to just leave remember it’s a game and bad games happend…. they will come out and play their hearts out and beat tech and LSU even with Ref that wanted them to lose.

Mark (another one)

November 19th, 2011
9:00 pm

No complaints. Sox quality teams competed for the SEC East title and the Dawgs took it. That’s a goal the Dawgs controlled, and they won it. Now, go smear tech all over the field next Saturday. One game at a time.

Oakdale Dawg

November 19th, 2011
9:04 pm

Chip, what’s up with the misleading article pre-game. The stands were full today, although late arriving. We were stuck on I-85 just before the Jefferson exit for 90 minutes and arrived very late. Regardless, the stands were full, and a win is a win. Bring on the bumbling bees and let the streak hit 10.

Randy Marsh

November 19th, 2011
9:07 pm

To REAL FAN, amen sister!!!!! The moron behind us was a FOOL. If you’re that smart, why aren’t you a brilliant coach somewhere? He’d sound a lot smarter if he kept his mouth shut.
See you next season REAL FAN….

dawggirl

November 19th, 2011
9:09 pm

Congrats to the Dawgs, they fought through and came out with the end result they wanted. A win is a win, and now they’ll have to really man up and fight hard in these next two games.

Hats off to the Cats as well. Kentucky came in and gave us all we could handle. You guys have a good team, and I hope you can continue playing. Trevathan is a beast, he will definitely be in the NFL one day.

One thing that did make me laugh today was seeing Richt practically maul his wife at the end. That was one hot kiss he gave her!

dawggirl

November 19th, 2011
9:11 pm

Defense of course played well, but I really want to give credit to our special teams today since we sure give it to them when they don’t play well. Walsh was really on his game, Butler made some awesome punts, and the punt return plays were fierce. Special teams helped us as much as the defense did.

KBP

November 19th, 2011
9:12 pm

It looks like Ken Malcome can play, with that said, if Crowell can’t go next week, give Malcome the ball as the starter and let Harton back him up. Harton needs big holes to run inside, it appears Malcome does not. Will need a running game to beat Tech.

Valdosta Cat

November 19th, 2011
9:12 pm

The refs were absolutely horrible!!!!

441North

November 19th, 2011
9:15 pm

To Real Fan: Thanks for posting. Too bad somebody didn’t punch his false teeth down his throat……..

Tally Ho!

November 19th, 2011
9:19 pm

That little Harton can block, saw him nail a few Kentucky guys today.

Tally Ho!

November 19th, 2011
9:21 pm

Sounds like Real fan, had a real bad time, lol

Crowell

November 19th, 2011
9:24 pm

Naw Boy I gots to ice my ankle of lets people think it be hurtn bad. I can’t be knockn white girl boots wid my boyz.

Tally Ho!

November 19th, 2011
9:25 pm

Offense will often let you down, but a strong defense seldom does.

blazerdawg

November 19th, 2011
9:29 pm

Not many in attendance? WTF

Crowell

November 19th, 2011
9:29 pm

tally ho dat is what yo wife be sayn to you, butz to me Iz got the game to get past her D every time.

Larry Ware

November 19th, 2011
9:31 pm

Tally Ho hit the nail on the head…..Defense keeps you in games and wins championships…..bring on the nerds!!!

Brucerugby79

November 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

Go Dawgs–If that guy was that obnoxious you have to confront him–I have gotten old but I would have dropped him like a bad habit–of course I would probably be in jail right now

Crowell

November 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

Larry but every be sayn LSU and Bammer ain’t got no O and only D so’n dat be why wez beat dim bad. Caus Iz and Murray be de best and we rock da DOME.

autotrader

November 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

I get a lot of trade-ins on game day. Ppl have nuttin to do, except stay home or spend some money. Keep it up CMR and maybe I can retire someday………… Just don’t play a good team, fans might actually want to pay and see the game.

qb

November 19th, 2011
9:37 pm

It’s obvious now that Crowell can’t be counted on for anything. Paper tiger. 1000 yards? How about staying in the game for a half dozen plays? That would be an accomplishment. I respect guys like Harton who make the most of their opportunities — he was asked to respond and he did an admirable job — despite not having the pampering or pedigree of a Crowell. If Carlton Thomas was indeed suspended again, he should be gone. Don’t think Crowell isn’t seeing how this one plays out. At this point, UGA needs Marshall in THE worst way. Crowell won’t last 2 years the way he’s going. I can’t imagine Crowell growing a heart all of the sudden between now and LSU/Bama. The mere sight of them might make him tap out before the game has even started. If Harton is all we have for Tech and the SECCG, it’s over. Bobo can’t expect to establish the run against any of those teams with what the running game of today. Where was Michael Bennett today?

GT is a 4th rate high school team

November 19th, 2011
9:40 pm

THE DAWGS ARE BACK. Go and hide on your labs. LOL

Crowell

November 19th, 2011
9:41 pm

qb you know you can’t hang witd me. Iz a damn bad dawg and you be talk’n I bust yo head. iz hurt my ankle.

CHDawg

November 19th, 2011
9:44 pm

You have to wonder why the trolls pretend to be Dawg fans to attack Crowell…it is a compliment to his talent. He is a great back.

Tally Ho!

November 19th, 2011
9:44 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more QB, well said

Bigdsel

November 19th, 2011
9:45 pm

We are gonna have our work cut out for us next week if we keep playing our 4th string rb and a walk on. Good job dawgs on the win and beat tech

CHDawg

November 19th, 2011
9:46 pm

Les is running it up on Ole Miss. He knows that if he loses either of the next two games, the extra points will help. We didn’t kick a FG with a lead of 9 and Les just kicked one with a lead of close to 50. Mett is in there. They are getting him some experience.

CHDawg

November 19th, 2011
9:50 pm

Watching the Ducks, you have to respect the creativity they use to put offensive pressure on opponents. They manage to play much better than their talent; their coaches multiply the talent. I would love to see the Dawgs develop more creativity to get our playmakers more opportunities to move it.

Crowell

November 19th, 2011
9:50 pm

man I wish i be play’n METT. he be a Party Dawg after da Gamez too.

CHDawg

November 19th, 2011
9:55 pm

Les must have heard me; now they are taking a knee to avoid running it up.

IlliniDawg

November 19th, 2011
9:58 pm

Herschel played more than half of the Sugar Bowl with a separated shoulder, and when asked how he did it, he famously replied, “well the ball, it ain’t too heavy”. At this point I can’t even imagine Crowell doing anything remotely like this. The guy is either made of crystal or is a p***y – one or the other. Keith Marshall, PLEASE – we need you!

What?

November 19th, 2011
10:05 pm

Chdawg – u want to play like the ducks and get pounded by lsu, and now being pounded at home by USC. Ok sounds fun. PAC 12:):):):):):)

HOUDAWG

November 19th, 2011
10:12 pm

Ugly win, but will take it & move on to Atlanta …….

Crowell & Thomas need to grow up, big-time …..

Oh yeah ….. go to Hell Tech !!!

CHDawg

November 19th, 2011
10:20 pm

What? No, I think we have a lot more talent than the Ducks. What I would like is to leverage that talent to put a little bit of creativity on the opposing DCs.

CHDawg

November 19th, 2011
10:21 pm

Make that pressure on the DCs

CHDawg

November 19th, 2011
10:23 pm

You remember how we sat on Murray last year early in the season and made the DC’s job at SC pretty easy. Malcome and Harton have to threaten the opposing Ds, or use 1 and 2, as in Smith and Boykin.

tell me again

November 19th, 2011
10:27 pm

In this day and age with so much talent scattered around and every team having a few difference makers on their rosters it IS a feat to beat 9 teams in a row. And being in the position of HAVING TO WIN EVERY GAME LEFT ON YOUR SCHEDULE TO GET IT DONE! Talk about pressure! Hats off to Richt and staff – you came back from the dead to prove all of the naysayers wrong – SEC East Champs! That says it all!!!!!!!!!! Where is Thomas Brown? Where are all of those MEANINGLESS stats and facts he was so fond of spewing? What an imbecile – trying to pass himself off as a UGA alumni – what a joke. Well, Thomas Brown – here is a fact to add to your moronic fact list – GEORGIA BULLDAWGS! 2011 SEC EAST CHAMPIONS! GO DAWGS!

Fair and Balanced

November 19th, 2011
10:44 pm

Ugly win is better than any kind of loss. Ga came out a bit flat and did just enough to win. We played 4 qtrs last week and decided to return to a half played game vs Ky. I’m thinking we better play a full 4 qtrs the next 2 weeks or we are in trouble. But we won the East. No small accomplishment. Congrats Dogs!

Go_Bravos

November 19th, 2011
10:51 pm

Big Dawg fan but this offense will get killed by LSU. I just don’t trust Murray in a big game. He has never won a big game against a good opponent, how many wins against teams w/a winning record does he have? Seems like in big games he is constantly overthrowing recievers and turning the ball over, can’t beat LSU polaing like that. Hope the boys can shock the world but I doubt it, just hope its not a huge blowout.

godawg

November 19th, 2011
11:11 pm

Forget the SECCG…BEAT the Bugs…I HATE the Bugs…focus on the other thing later…KILL THE BUGS!

bubba4dawgs

November 19th, 2011
11:14 pm

Congratulations, Dawgs! Not pretty but we’ll take it! As Murray said, “You’re going to have those games, you just have to fight thru it!”. Too bad the two upstart running backs, I believe his name is Crowell and the other is Thomas. If it isn’t one thing it’s another with these guys. I sure hope UGA is looking for some running backs! Crowell seemed to be enjoying the bench today! He sure gets to use it enough! CMR should charge him rent for it!! GO DAWGS!!! Go smash the Nerds!!

HABDAWG

November 19th, 2011
11:15 pm

Our Dawgs will do fine. The SECCG should be a good one no matter who we face. Our ‘D’ will keep it close unless we have to many penalties.Hope our Backs are ready come gametime. Go DAWGS