Dawgs Hold On: They Said it

ATHENS - Georgia players and coaches talk about the narrow win over Missouri.

Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt 

On the win … 

"I'll take that everyday, just so long as there's a victory at the end of it. I'm thankful and happy right now. It's not going to be pretty all the time, but the victory is pretty. The bottom line is everyone kept battling, kept fighting, kept believing. I'm just really proud of the job everybody did. Sometimes the toughest ones are the best ones." 

On what he said to PK Marshall Morgan before the last kick … 

"I told him I love him no matter what. There's so much pressure on these kids. I told him, 'I believe in you, so relax and focus on your job and your fundamentals and let it rip.'"

On the defenses … 

"It felt like if either team got a touchdown, it might be too much to overcome. Both defenses played spectacularly. One of the biggest plays was Malcolm Mitchell hustling to make a tackle after the interception. That allowed our defense to do its thing and force them to kick. That's why you never quit. The defense bowed their necks and did a beautiful job of forcing the kick. Our defense played lights out. Keeping them out of the end zone was huge." 

On WR Terry Godwin … 

"He's growing up. He's playing a lot of ball for us. He's made some mistakes along the way, but he stepped up big today. He had some big returns and catches and he secured the ball. That was huge." 

On the open date … 

"We'll probably practice three days next week and allow our guys some time to heal up. We'll enjoy this victory for a bit and start focusing on the Florida game. We've got a lot of guys playing through pain and now thankfully we've got a little time to heal up and get some rest." 

QB Greyson Lambert 

On the win against Missouri… 

"A win is a win. I am so proud of this team and especially proud of our defense." 

On Georgia's offense… 

"I felt like we were able to move the ball here and there. We had some drives that did not end the way we wanted them to. We just were not able to keep them alive. We had a first down here, a first down there, but we just couldn't finish." 

On the defense and their ability to stop Missouri… 

"We leaned on them a lot today and I could not be prouder or happier for our defense." 

TB Brendan Douglas 

On whether he has ever been a part of a game like Saturday's game vs. Missouri… 

"I don't think I have ever been in a game when there was no touchdown scored. We are happy to get out of here with a win because they are a very good team." 

On his performance tonight … 

"Prepare every week like you are the starter because you never know when you are going to be the guy, so you better be ready and be ready to go." 

LB Sterling Bailey 

On the defense's performance on Saturday vs. Missouri… 

"It shows you that when we play our style of defense, when we go out there and play our game and we have fun we can be a really good defense." 

On how the first half set the tone for the rest of the game … 

"Going into half, we knew we just had to keep chopping wood. We just had to keep playing in the second half." 

LB Jake Ganus 

On the last defensive series of the game… 

"It was fun. I knew we were going to get a stop. I am so confident in our defense and the way we were playing. The crowd got into, which was nice, so it was fun." 

On the pass rush of Leonard Floyd… 

"It's nice when you have a guy like him that can come off the edge and wreak havoc. He is such a versatile player and can do it all."

Missouri Post-Game Quotes

Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel 

Opening statement… 

"First of all congratulations to Georgia. They did the things necessary to win. It was a night of defenses. I'm very proud of the way our defense played. Those are difficult losses, as we continue to struggle on offense. It was just our kicking game at times, and that return at the end, I thought we got a little tired return-wise. They got some returns that helped them a little bit. Other than that we punted pretty good. Kickoff return was not very good. We just have to keep improving, and that's what we'll try to do." 

On the goal line stand for Georgia… 

"We had a quarterback-center exchange problem, and we also had a signal problem. So we made two mistakes on those three plays. Generally what happens, when you have offensive problems, it's pretty easy when we break it down on film to tell where the breakdowns are. It was execution, and we're not doing a very good job of that." 

On special teams play in the fourth quarter… 

"We got tired. Most of our players on the punt team are defensive players. They're going out there and they're getting tired, and (Georgia) did a good job on returning, too. Those are a couple of first downs we gave up each time on those. Prior to that we did an exceptional job, I believe. The kickoff return, they had really good hang times. They were longer hang time than we wanted, more difficult that it is. But we have to do a better job blocking; getting the ball to the 17, 18-yard line on returns is not good enough. 

On the running game… 

"They seemed like they always had somebody unblocked. That's not very good, obviously." 

On the play of the Georgia defense… 

"They have a good scheme. They're good players. They get the matchups and they get off blocks. Look at what our defense did. They've got a heck of an offensive line. Look at how our defense played those guys. They're going to win some battles. We're not winning enough battles, and that's frustrating." 

QB Drew Lock 

On scoring drive in second quarter… 

"I definitely thought that [momentum] was going to be the case there. We were going with a fast tempo and we kept hitting our plays and we were getting good looks against them. We were rolling…to not come out with a touchdown there is another thing that is just killing us." 

On not scoring from the 1-yard-line early in the game… 

"You want to say that it doesn't [weigh on you], but it's probably there half of the time in the back of your head before you go out for the next play." 

C Evan Boehm 

On the team's inability to run the football… 

"Once their linebackers saw run they were right down there every time. We need to do a better job of getting everybody covered up. Georgia did a good job of getting on our edges…when they got on the edge they shot the linebackers and we just didn't come off fast enough" 

On the line's play… 

"This is a trenches league. If you can't win in the trenches you can't win a football game. I think our defensive lineman did a great job tonight. Our offense just has to get rolling. We have to pick up our confidence and pick up somewhere and start rolling." 

DE Charles Harris 

On the loss… 

"It's very frustrating…With our defense versus their defense, it was obviously a defensive game. We couldn't ask for any better situation or any better team, they just came out on top. Shout out to Georgia, they are a great team and they are an aggressive team. They are a great offensive team and great defensive team, but we played great as well."


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