NOTABLE QUOTES FROM SATURDAY’S GAME
COACH MARK RICHT
On the onside kick . . .
“It was a a great job by (Kentucky kicker Joe Mansour). If that kick would have rolled just a tad bit faster he probably would have gotten it, but it was just kind of creeping along. Their kicker of course had to wait for it to go 10 yards and Connor (Norman) was heads-up to go around there and snatch it and be strong enough to convince the officials that it was his. It was a huge play. There were a lot of huge plays in the game, a game that close, but Connor did a great job.”
On getting the win . . .
“It’s great to be able to go on the road in the SEC and get the win. I think Kentucky did a fantastic job tonight. My hat’s off to coach (Joker) Phillips and his team. I’m also pleased with our team to do what they had to do to win the ballgame. A lot of big plays had to be made. We had to play good down the stretch in order to win it. Again, very thankful and pleased with the victory.”
KENTUCKY COACH JOKER PHILLIPS:
On the onside kick . . .
“We didn’t get the right speed on the ball, first thing. (Mansour) was just waiting for the ball to cross 10 yards — waiting, waiting, waiting. He thought the ball was across the 10-yard line … Their guy got the ball before we could react to it.”
On the close game . . .
“I don’t live in ‘almost.’ At the end of the year, you don’t say, ‘We almost win.’ The records will say wins and losses. We come out here to try to win. We don’t come out here to try to almost win.”
GEORGIA WR TAVARRES KING
On winning . . .
“It was big. It was huge. Any time you go on the road in the SEC, you know it’s going to be tough no matter who you’re playing. So it’s huge. It’s a big win for us.”
On going against a 1-6 team . . .
“It’s the SEC. Anybody can slip up on anybody at anytime and that’s why we’re the greatest conference in the nation. We play great football. That’s a good team.. They’ve just had some tough breaks. They gave us their best shot and we survived it.”
On game being so close . . .
“It’s football. It’s a crazy game.”
On Aaron Murray’s 427-yard passing night . . .
“That’s sick; that’s sick. He deserves it, the way that guy works and goes about his business.”
GEORGIA OLB JORDAN JENKINS
“I think we are just glad to have this game over with. It seems like God wanted us to win.”
GEORGIA OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR MIKE BOBO
“They put some extra guys in the box, but we still stayed committed to the running game and that made them have to honor the run, which opened up some things.”
GEORGIA DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR TODD GRANTHAM
On Kentucky’s third-and-long draws . . .
“You’ve got to be able to make a play. You should be able to a stop a run before it goes 10 yards in any coverage.”