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November 17, 2013
Mark Richt Game Quotes
On initial reaction
"It was a very interesting ball game. Congratulations to Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers. What he's done with that team has been tremendous. We played a great team playing great in their house. It looked kind of bleak there for a minute and the boys just started fighting. We got ourselves in position to take the lead, obviously late in the game. We gave them a fourth and 18 and that's almost as good as it gets. To their credit, they did make a play. Sure enough, our guys don't give up then with 25 seconds to go. We had a couple timeouts and took couple shots in the end zone. Just a whale of a game I guess."
On a situation you can't do anything about
"Well there are some things that we learned and we certainly did some things that cost us throughout the game and we've got to do better. Of course they did some things that could have cost them too; it's just one of those games. When losing, you tend to look at the things you should have done and when you win, you just think about how great it is. There were a lot of really positive things. As good as Auburn is and has been playing, they've got all the momentum going. Even that stop in the red zone to force a field goal to keep it at three scores, when that happened we all said it's not over, we've got a chance here still. We've still got a chance to get three scores, and sure enough we did."
On Aaron Murray's performance
"It was a big day for Aaron and for the team. It's a team thing. Obviously, you need your quarterback to play well to get back in the game and he did. Early on we didn't protect very well. As the game went on, we gave him time and that was a big part of it. Guys were making catches. Coach was calling good plays. Murray did a really wonderful job."
On what he said to team after game
"I didn't know what to say after that. I told them I thought they were a pretty amazing group of guys to get it to 38-37 like we did. I think most teams would have folded or found a reason to quit but they didn't do that. I just talked a little bit about what we could learn from it. We had a lot of things happen in the game that if we were more disciplined we would have been in better shape. I talked about being disciplined on and off the field. If your goal is to live a disciplined life, you probably have a blessed life. I just said be first class when you speak to the media and give credit to our opponent, who did a good job and get ready to honor our seniors next week in their last game between the hedges against Kentucky."
On special teams play
"We blocked a kick which was big. We covered on kickoffs extremely well, we're one of the best teams in America at that and we did a very good job there. Unfortunately our big boy jumped over the shield and you can't do that. He didn't get very high, but he jumped. That was another thing that was costly to us. Obviously, we couldn't return any kickoffs because every kick went out of the back of the end zone. We made every kick, extra point and field goal wise. They did a good job of kicking it high. We might have gone for a block, but the last thing you want to do is rough the kicker and give them life."
On Auburn's rushing attack
"They're very good at that; that's what they do. It was their passing attack that really made a difference. When you play a team that runs the ball that much and that well, they're going to get their yards; that's just part of it. When they had to throw and catch it, they did."
On the player involved in the last throw on defense
"I talked to him. I just said it's a team sport and what we have to learn from these things is that there are a lot of other plays that happen throughout the game that could have made a difference. It seems like it all came down that one play, but everybody else had some chances to do some good things as well. We've just got to learn as we go. We've got some true freshmen out there and sometimes you have to learn the hard way."
On the last defensive play
"It wasn't a fluke play. They launched it out there and were hoping for a miracle. When you're playing that type of prevent defense, the goal is to not let anybody behind you. The goal is to knock the ball down and end the game. It just didn't happen."