UGA's Coach Likes His Team's Effort

Comments from Georgia football coach Mark Richt are featured.

Athens, Ga.--Moments after Auburn stunned Georgia 31-30 between the hedges of Sanford Stadium Saturday, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he was proud of his team for playing with all of its heart.

"The main thing I talked to them about last night was that if a team lays it on the line and puts all of their heart into the game we can live with whatever the outcome happens to be," Richt said.

"And that is what I talked to them about along the way in this game. The effort tonight was outstanding and by the grace of God, next week, we still have a chance to play in the Southeastern Conference championship if we beat Kentucky. We are excited about getting that opportunity."

Auburn jumped on top early with a 7-0 lead, but then, and throughout the game, Georgia had an answer everytime Auburn scored.

Early in the fourth quarter though, the Bulldogs made a crucial mistake. The Dawgs scored on a six-yard toss sweep run by Thomas Brown to go ahead 26-21. They wanted to go for a two-point conversion to make it harder for Auburn to regain the lead.

There was confusion on Georgia's sidelines and the Dogs got back to back delay of game penalties that pushed them to the 13-yard line and forced them to kick the extra point.

"We just did a poor job as coaches," Richt said. "We had let the offense know if we scored we were going to go for two, but what happened was a couple of guys on the extra point team didn't know and were on the field and we had too many guys."

Richt said Georgia's defense was getting stronger as the game went along, but noted two UGA turnovers set up touchdowns for the winners. "The defense was playing better," he said. "(Auburn) really didn't have to work too hard for 14 of their points, or at least 10 of them because of turnovers. The score was 31-30, which is about as close as you can get. It just didn't work out this time."


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