THEY SAID IT
“It looked to me like we were a little more tired than they were. But I think our guys did a good job of sucking it up when they were tired. It was a good bit warmer than the weather we were practicing in and certainly Athens was a lot cooler. But we fought through. And when you make a big play or two, all of a sudden that gives you a boost of energy.”
— Georgia coach Mark Richt, on the Bulldogs’ slow start
“I’m so proud of Jarvis. Jarvis has been such a breath of fresh air for us at Georgia. Coming from Southern Cal, sitting out a year and doing a super job rallying the scout team … We already knew he was a special player, then we realized what a special person he was and he just played tremendously on the field for us and has been a great leader for us.”
— Richt on junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who set the single-season sack record.
“When I went into the locker room at halftime, I thought Coach Bobo was going to hit me up side the head.”
— Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on his two-interception first half.
“I give credit to Georgia. That’s a good football team. You know, at the end of the day we had our opportunities. There’s some situations where you just have to make some plays and Georgia made them. We didn’t. This was just one of those games.”
— Nebraska coach Bo Pelini
I felt we had a great game plan and they they just came out and hit us with some big throws. A lot came down to third down and their guys just made some plays and stuff. They made more plays than we did at the end of the day.”
— Nebraska linebacker Will Compton on the Bulldogs’ passing so well on their No. 1-ranked pass defense
“On one he said (Murray) was out of the pocket and you guys saw the play. And on the other one, the one on Taylor (Martinez) it was a screen pass and he got hit. He went down throwing the screen. I mean, I find myself shaking my head.”
— Pelini on no intentional grounding being called on Murray and Martinez being called for it on back-to-back, second-half possessions
“In the offseason we’re just going to be pushing that much harder just knowing we came so close to going to the national championship. It’s not like we got blown out or something. So while we’re working out, we’ll be thinking about all the little things because that could be the difference in the outcome of getting those five yards and getting to the national championship game. We’re excited because we feel like this is the first win of 2013. We start next season with Clemson and we’re ready to play them now.”
— Georgia freshman tailback Todd Gurley on prospects of next season.