Players' Comments After Georgia Loss
Thing is, Alabama had confidence after scoring to tie the game minutes before and watching Georgia's Brandon Coutu miss a 47-yard field goal as time expired in regulation.
Even though it lost the overtime coin toss, Bama felt good. "We were thinking we were going to go down and score, just like we did the last drive," said quarterback John Parker Wilson. "It just didn't work out that way."
Wilson said, "I think (Georgia) did a great job. It (pressure on Wilson) wasn't anything that the offensive line did. They blocked very well. They just hit us with blitzes a couple of times, and I had to get rid of it.
"We just weren't executing in the first half. We picked it up a little in the second half. We did better in the second half. We had a couple of passes we should have hit. That's the way it's going to be every game. You have to capitalize on those. You just have to execute. That‘s the difference in the ball game."
Wilson looked several times in the clutch to senior Keith Brown, who had his best game of the season so far with 73 yards on three catches. "I like to be out there on the field, supporting my teammates and making plays," Brown said. "I'm always ready. When your numbers called, you've got to be ready. That's just part of playing the game. Its part of being a leader."
Though coach Nick Saban had questions about whether the team was properly prepared, center Antoine Caldwell thought the Tide was ready, despite its flat start. "This was one of those games," said the junior. "I thought we were well-prepared. We did pretty much exactly what we went over as a team. I have to give (Georgia) credit. They pretty much did what they have been doing the whole season. They just do it really well. I tip my hat to those guys. They played hard, and they got it done tonight."
Simeon Castille said despite the loss, it's a game he won't soon forget. "These are the types of games you come to Alabama to play," said the senior. "It was a big game for us and Georgia. We came up a little short. It would have been great to get a win. I am proud of how we fought the whole game. We never quit. We just came up a little short tonight."
Georgia coach Mark Richt extended his winning ways on the SEC road. "I am so excited and proud of these guys," he said. "To come and play the way we did, start the way we did, and finish the way we did was a tremendous tribute to every player and coach on this team. We were so ready to play, and we played well early."
Richt said former UGA quarterback Mike Bobo called the winning play in overtime, on which Matthew Stafford fired to Mikey Henderson for a touchdown. "We had a play-action fake called away from the throw. We were hoping it was man-to-man coverage," Richt said, and the Tide obliged. "It was a play that Coach Bobo had seen at halftime. Mikey was able to use his speed and Matthew was able to lay the ball in there, perfectly. I actually did not see the catch. All I could see was the officials."
Stafford also credited his position coach/offensive coordinator. "Coach Bobo had a great play call. We'd been getting a lot of one-on-one coverage all night. I just tried to get (Henderson) the ball, and he ended up making the play for me.
"We battled and played hard. We kept our poise as a young team, and we came back and won it."
As for Henderson, he said "I was just hoping that I'd catch it. They gave me a chance to make a play, and I just caught it. It just feels good for us to come out here, and make plays. It makes me feel good. We came out with a win against a great Alabama team."
Bama safety Rashad Johnson had a clear explanation for the Bulldogs' game-winning play: "They were running receivers down the field. A couple of our guys were out of place, and we just have to work on that and get back into it."
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