Richt: ‘It’s great to be able to go on the road in the SEC and get the win’




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.”

149 comments Add your comment

7576DAWG

October 21st, 2012
1:40 am

I have got to praise Bobo for finally learning something from all those failures in the last few years. When there was 5 minutes left in the game, in the past Bobo would have tried to run the ball twice then Murray would have tried to pass on third and long and would have been sac because the other team would have blitzed and then we would have kicked , another three and out. Tonight Bobo ran what brought us to that point . Throwing the ball and it worked. Go figure that Bobo.

drbasic1

October 21st, 2012
2:02 am

ya well……………

Pj

October 21st, 2012
2:28 am

Weird dynamic here. Richt detractors can howl in the face of comparitive blowouts that bama and Florida posted. Richt supporters can say – we won. SEC road game. 6-1 and in control if our own destiny.
Both are true. Next Saturday, one side will be right and one will be wrong. It boils down to jax. I personally see no reason to think we win this game. Hope I’m wrong.

Columbus

October 21st, 2012
2:30 am

Bobo BETTER have learned from the SC game and be READY for the FL defense with some plays to counter it! Rollouts, screens, mis-direction, whatever WORKS against them! AND…..

they BETTER have LEARNED that they have to be COOL an COMPOSED instead of OVER-HYPED in the 1ST FREAKIN QUARTER, weather ANY storm so you dont go down 21 points BEFORE you know what hit you and the storm is over! Do these 2 things AND……

Dont turn the ball over like SC did(see THEY DIDNT weather the 1st quarter storm either!)dont commit stupid penalties, DONT MISS NO EXTRA POINTS!!! AND FINALLY the defense MUST FINALLY PLAY TO THEIR POTENTIAL……

Do ALL that and UGA WILL win….! Its TIME to play a COMPLETE game in ALL phases and take down the #2, maybe #1 team in the nation Dogs! It IS time….

One last forgotten thing…..the OL MUST HAVE LEARND AND BE READY TO DO THE JOB THE ENTIRE GAME…..TIME TO GROW UP PUPS…..NOW!

dbc

October 21st, 2012
2:36 am

“We’re not worried about it. At the end of the day, it all depends on how we play next Saturday. We know we have to play an unbelievable game offensively, defensively and on special teams if we want to have a chance to win that game, so we just have to be ready to go. Well good luck with that…

“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.” To the tune of 77 yards rushing… and meaningless passing stats. Whatever makes you feel good I guess.

“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.” So is this Pop Warner?

Bottom Line: I want someone on here with a pulse to give me one reason to believe UGA will beat Florida? Make your case. Based on what I’ve seen, this is the most poorly coached team UGA has ever produced — based on the supposed talent returning. Murray? Nope — has never won a single, SINGLE, game of significance. Rambo? Please — over rated and toast in the secondary. Corneilious W.? — well he ran his mouth about criticism and hasn’t been heard from since. Swann? – a dropped pass away from getting burned by the worst team in the SEC. Our D line? — fat and out of shape. 206 yards rushing from the worst team in the SEC. Our O line? Not enough time to list. Special teams? Are you kidding? Richt said they get a bad rap — and they are terrible and rightly so. Can’t field a punt and barely a kickoff THIS MANY GAMES INTO THE SEASON? Rhett McCowenn? Really? CMR is stealing his salary as are the clowns who call themselves coaches. Prediction: Florida wins easily by at least 30. And it will never be close. Those who disagree? Tell me why I should have any optimism at all?

chuck

October 21st, 2012
2:55 am

The AD needs to clean house in the football coaching staff starting with CMR. If the entire 85 man rosters switched schools, Kentucky would have beaten us by 4 touchdowns. Their coaches are that much better than UGA’s coaches. In the same roster switch occurred against South Carolina, Spurrier would have still beaten UGA by 4 touchdowns. Spurrier is pretty good BUT CMR and especially Bobo are that bad. How many times do we have to be blatantly out coached before the AD makes a change?

derekross

October 21st, 2012
2:58 am

“My hat’s off to coach (Joker) Phillips and his team.”

Coach Richt has hit the bottom of his coaching potential.

Lamar

October 21st, 2012
3:01 am

BOY RICHT, SO YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THE WIN?? YOU ARE HAPPY THAT ONCE AGAIN YOU GET PUSHED AROUND BY A PATHETIC KENTUCKY TEAM?? So let me get this straight, you get pushed around, you give up 200 YARDS RUSHING TO THE WORST RUSHING TEAM IN THE SEC AND YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO HAVE 8 GUYS ON YOUR DEFENSE THAT WILL BE DRAFTED IN THE FIRST 2 ROUNDS, BUT YOUR TEAM PLAYS THEIR WORST ONCE AGAIN WHEN THE GAME HAS SO MUCH MEANING? wELL NOW i SEE YOUR PROBLEM. tHE GUYS PLAY TERRIBLE YET YOU ACCEPT THEM DOING SO? nO WONDER THEY DON’T TRY HARDER, WHY SHOULD THEY? yOU ACCEPT half ass!! I AM GETTING REAL TIRED OF GA AND RICHT AFTER 45 YEARS!!

Lamar

October 21st, 2012
3:08 am

BY THE WAY DBC, Nobody on here that has any sence can make you think that GA can beat Florida! WHY?? BECAUSE THEY NEVER DO WIN BIG TIME GAMES!! THIS ONE WILL GET REAL UGLY!!! By the way, I bet Richt is REAL HAPPY WITH OUR KICKER, I THOUGHT WALSH WAS BAD!! GA IS BETTER OFF GOING FOR IT ON 4th DOWN AND TAKE AWAY THE PATHETIC KIDS SCHOLARSHIP!!

derekross

October 21st, 2012
3:12 am

The defense isn’t playing great not because of Richt but because of the players. Getting suspended for 4 games has stunted the Bulldogs growth from the off-season till now. But it seems like some of the players are more worried about their draft status than their team right now, and that is Granthams fault. I would like to see some of the younger guys get more cracks at the d-line too. The DE’s are basically just taking on their block instead of breaking it.

doug dawg

October 21st, 2012
5:20 am

sadly, it is going to get worse. even if cmr and bobo walk away after this year, the new coach will only inherit a depleted roster and the toughest schedule in the country. i fear this year is just about as good as it will get for a loooooooooooong time.

doug dawg

October 21st, 2012
5:24 am

and, worse, what fine coaching staff would like to walk into that situation, but then i guess a lot of coaches who plan to depart anyway leave the cupboard bare on purpose. seen it happen many times, and i can see it happening at uga.

ZinoDawg

October 21st, 2012
6:11 am

Gators 48
Dawgs 7

Ugly early and often.
Not sure that I can ever remember a D this soft with so many seniors.
Pathetic!!!

Bbv

October 21st, 2012
6:43 am

UF’s performance Saturday was the exact opposite of UGA’s, and appears to be a microcosm of the last couple games. UF is playing a hard nosed, disciplined, and a cram it down your throat brand of football. Although UF’s stats didn’t show it against USC, their O line was in control of the game, and wore down USC. UF’s special teams dominated the game. Their defense plays disciplined and makes plays. Muschamp has an enthusiasm that the Gators appear to play off of and he is not afraid to show the refs or his players his displeasure for poor performance.
I am not usually a Richt basher, but his comments are very unsettling. How could he ever be satisfied with the performance last night?

Bozo N. Richt

October 21st, 2012
6:53 am

Coaching staff’s comments evidence their loser mentality. Second rate program that continues to underachieve under the direction of a dimwitted, overpaid coaching staff. If I close my eyes when listening to their press conference comments it sounds like I’m watching swamp people.

Been saying for years that nothing will change as long as the current braintrust remains in Athens. The only way things will change is if the fans force change with their wallets.

Next week we will get exactly what we deserve – another embarrassment on national TV. Second rate is what second rate does . . . yet again.

CarolinaDrew

October 21st, 2012
7:01 am

Ga is 6-1 and playing for the east div. next week. The early posters would think our season looks like Auburn. Florida will be ready but maybe the ball bounces for Ga. Folks be a fan the vitriol doesn’t help anyone!

Mike

October 21st, 2012
7:14 am

At this point in the season you can’t continue to think the defense will finally show up. You are what you are at this point, BAD! Don’t understand it, supposed to have 7 or 8 draft picks on the defense, but can’t stop anybody!

FLA wil absolutely beat the snot out of UGA.

nobody

October 21st, 2012
7:35 am

we are not a fraud….we are not a fraud…we are not a fraud….gotta believe

Fair n Balanced

October 21st, 2012
7:42 am

Right now I fear what Tech is gonna do to us!

Hair E Dawg

October 21st, 2012
7:48 am

Blah Blah Blah….

I’m watching the games and pulling for my Dawgs but I no longer care what Richt is saying about anything anymore.

Jeff

October 21st, 2012
7:50 am

CTG you sir are brilliant. You actally figued out that you have to stop the run before it reaches 10 yards. No wonder this defense is so pathetic. Someone coaching 8 year olds can figure that out.

Fair n Balanced

October 21st, 2012
7:51 am

We face FL next week at 3:30. By 4:00 we will be facing the ground!

Fair n Balanced

October 21st, 2012
7:58 am

Against TN in 07, Richt stood up like a man and took the blame for a pathetic loss. Ga ended the season arguably the best team in the country, finished #2 and was preseason #1 in 08. Not since that year has he produced a team that plays to its potential. Time to go to another HC n staff.

nobody

October 21st, 2012
8:14 am

I mean, my goodness…it’s just football….let’s not raise it to rocket science….

Moobs Johnson

October 21st, 2012
8:24 am

The only thing that Richt is thankful for is that the win saves his butt for another year of stealing $3+ million for “coaching.” Dawgs will get smoked next week and once again will hear how they need to work harder to get better.

1969 Graduate

October 21st, 2012
8:26 am

Richt’s comments tell it all. The players echoed Richt. Mediocre is a very low standard for a team with any talent at all.

The Kentucky game was a great SEC road win? Get real, Richt. The Kentucky win was a display of the results of bad coaching. We barely escaped being beat by one of the very worst SEC teams. Speaking of which, we still have to play both Auburn and Ole Miss. Anybody think those guys aren’t watching.

I’m sure one of the reasons Kentucky played so well was because they know something our coaching staff, and some fans don’t know – Georgia may have a lot of talented players, but we aren’t much of a football team, our line is bad, our defense is weak, our conditioning is so so, and our players make many, many mistakes.

Kentucky looked like they were up for the game. They looked like they were well coached. They looked like they knew how to play football. My gosh, they almost got the onside kick. It appeared our guys didn’t know the rules about how onside kicks don’t have to go 10 yards except for the kicking team. Does anybody think we would have won had Kentucky got that kick.

To give credit, I thought some of Bobo’s play calling was a bit better than usual for him, and Aaron Murray’s passing was impressive. Our receivers did a good job of holding onto the ball, too.

I don’t think it’s impossible for this team to have a miracle day, and for Florida to have a let down – It Would Take A Miracle To Beat Florida – but I seriously doubt anything could happen so that we beat Florida, Auburn, and Ole Miss.

Could we lose to all three? Sure we could. We could lose to Tech, too. Anybody paying attention to our defense can easily see that a Kentucky team with a weak passing game so we could see what was coming ran the ball down our throats with their weak running game.

Go, Richt. Go, Bobo.

JDPonzi

October 21st, 2012
8:36 am

Yo Lamar !! My name is Lamar, also…Please come up with a different name so people dont think Im you

bakers bark

October 21st, 2012
8:46 am

2 questions this morning:

1. Is Cornelius Washington’s picture on milk cartons yet? he’s gone

2. Who put velcro on the bottom of Jordan Jenkins shoes? he’s god awful slow

ole dawg

October 21st, 2012
8:46 am

To all you whining bellyaching fans… Hell yes we are happy with an SEC win. And we will be happy with another SEC win next Saturday. No AAron you don’t have to play unbelievable next week to beat Florida. You just have to play a sound game in all phases. This is pretty much the same Florida team you beat last year. Don’t build them up into something they are not! I’ll take 7 more ugly wins. BEAT THE GATORS!!!!

just my two cents worth

October 21st, 2012
8:47 am

This may well be the worst coaching staff in America .

Busters

October 21st, 2012
8:54 am

This is going to be ugly…….
I love my dawgs, i am a dawg, but we are gaytor bait for sure. the stats don’t lie. This isn’t a movie where a montage makes us fix all our problems in a week. we need a coaching staff that can recruit and take the talent and build a winner not a pushover because that’s what we are!

Silver Fox

October 21st, 2012
8:54 am

This blog attracts the biggest collection of losers and whiners imaginable. Go to an Auburn blog where your vitrol would make more sense. Potential recruits for UGA, if they stumbled upon this blog, might actually think you represent the Bulldog Nation and question attending a school where the fans are such idiots.

Speck Trout

October 21st, 2012
8:56 am

Ole Dawg, i see you are still drinking the kool aid….. i feel for you, i know the feeling, by halftime next week you will sober up and see the lie you have been living. I woke up at the half two weeks ago, i can see clearly now.
we need a coach!

Evinrude Etec

October 21st, 2012
8:59 am

Nothing wrong with the school, facilities, fans, it is the coaches period, you don’t think these recruits know this? They saw the 2008 blackout beat down, the 2012 35-7 redout beat down and the cocktail party beat down that is on the way in less than a week.

If you are a true dawg fan you would stand up and say that we need a new direction, but if you go with the flow then accept that we are going nowhere fast!

mike on lake hartwell

October 21st, 2012
9:02 am

wah! wah! wah! u pathetic fans and my brother can all shutup. we
are playing florida next week and we will cheer and pull for the
dawgs that we love. we will support them and be behind them
and it will be ever so sweet to eat gator meat. so go find something
else to do if u cant be the fan that the school needs u to be.
whiners.
G A T A DAWGS! U MAKE ME PROUD.

TheTruth

October 21st, 2012
9:03 am

They won. No such thing as style points.

Jake

October 21st, 2012
9:04 am

If Alabama played a stinker like the Dawgs did at Kentucky, Saban would have them in pads on the practiced field as soon as they got home.

Dawg Days

October 21st, 2012
9:13 am

I can only say it is disappointing to hear CMR say he is pleased with this win. I am disappointed with this win. We have got to be a better football team.

Habnero

October 21st, 2012
9:16 am

Honey Bobo’s had his “Honey Meerkat” offense posting a lot of yards in the air. Why do they stand up before the snap like “Honey Meerkats” on the tv show?

joe

October 21st, 2012
9:21 am

Trust me God is the only reason you won this game players saying they played a great game against a good team is denial BS BS BS Fla kicks our butt next week at least I pray they do maybe that will force change in Athens

Jim Donnan

October 21st, 2012
9:33 am

Shut up CMR!!!!! I got fired for being mediocre, and now you have been worse than I was for the last three years with far better players…. You will get your A$$ handed to you this Saurday because your players lack discipline and heart. UGA has not beat a good team since 2008 and will not beat one this year…

Outer Banks Dawg

October 21st, 2012
9:34 am

Well….. At least we had a Tight End in the game all night for once. And my man caught a couple of balls that reminded me of what we used to do… Throw down the middle to the tight end off play action. It was beautiful.

UGA Defense = Swiss Cheese. Hard to figure that one. All the optimism for the season stemmed from the idea that UGA senior defense would be stout. Hasn’t been and doesn’t look like it will be. Unbelievable.

Hard to see UGA beating the Gators next weekend unless the defense wakes up and starts playing SEC football.

Long time Dawg

October 21st, 2012
9:34 am

I am with you Silver Fox and old dawg. I can only hope that most of these people are not UGA alumni and I firmly believe that recruits, players and coaches understand this represents the lunatic fringe.

Snoop Dawg

October 21st, 2012
9:48 am

That was a pathetic game. Unled by a pathetic coaching staff.

UGA will just drift deeper into the depths until a new (and professional) coaching staff is assembled.

The worst thing UGA could do is hire on another UGA mafia player who has been a wonderful assistant coach. We need to hire the best proven head coach in the country, period.

The old culture of laissez faire is everywhere has been at UGA for a long time. It needs to be exorcized so that our wonderful young athletes can be coached up and reach their real potential.

Richt is nothing more than a scam artist. He is an imposter. I don’t see anything ethical in that.

If he had one honorable bone in his body, he would have resigned already.

Snoop Dawg

October 21st, 2012
9:50 am

Looks like Jarvis Jones actually believed all the hype he read about himself in Sports Illustrated…

The Rastafarian Man looks really cool on the sidelines now…

Armyrangerdawg

October 21st, 2012
10:00 am

UGA 34 – 13 next week… Put it in the bank!!! Kentucky ALWAYS plas Ga tough…Fla had less than 200 yards total offense and had Sc down early. Fla is the most overrated team in the country..Bobo has Ga averaging 40 points a game??? Are you kidding me… TWO WORDS to you tools… RAY GOFF!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!

angry mangy mutt

October 21st, 2012
10:01 am

Maybe it is good news, maybe not.

As some of you may have heard a rumor is floating around in Cleveland that Saban is top choice for future Browns’ coaching vacancy. Maybe this, with the Arkansas vacancy, will be the kick in the rear that will be needed to get the new staff in. Strong and Smart are both on the coaching list at Arkansas – no secret. By some chance the rumor is true and Saban is ready to take another shot at the NFL, well maybe Kirby will be the man they would be eyeing at Bama. UGA will have no time to waste. Many of us remember a couple of years ago midseason the rumors had Muschamp returning to Athens. Did not happen and we see what he has built in Gainesville.

Keep in mind, the big NFL names we here about are going to be more $ than our programs leaders are going to be willing to spend. Couple of the other big names at college level are finesse guys – like CMR. Maybe they coach up, maybe not.

A few will say this is premature, but regardless of what happens in Jax (yea right), let us prepare for the future and hope we have a guy who understands SEC football.

Long-time Dawg

October 21st, 2012
10:05 am

If we are so wrong in our criticism then let Richt and his team prove us so in Jacksonville next Saturday. BTW, Pat Dye and I don’t think they are men enough..

28 point favorite

October 21st, 2012
10:42 am

mangy mutt—you hit the nail on the head, Richt is coaching like he is at FSU (free shoes u) and in the ACC. He just hasn’t figure out the SEC. He can finess some of the avg teams, but play a SC, LSU,UF, and ALA he gets lit up. Muschamp gets it and turned the worst Fla team in 20 years aroun f in 1 year!

Rcgator

October 21st, 2012
10:45 am

This is The Cocktial Party, have so many of you dogs lost faith that you won’t even show up?