Mizzou/Georgia Post-Game Quotes

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No. 7 Georgia 41, Mizzou 20
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No. 7 Georgia 0 9 15 17 41
Mizzou 0 10 10 0 20
Quick Stats
UGA
MIZ
First Downs 17 18
Plays-Total Yards 70-355 80-371
Passing Yards 242 269
Rushing Yards 113 102
Penalties-Yards 12-79 7-43
3rd Down Conv. 5-16 4-18
4th Down Conv. 1-1 1-3
Kick Return Yards 4-76 5-90
Punt Return Yards 2-13 3-3
Punts-Avg. 8-36.6 6-42.5
Turnovers 2 3
Time of Possession 32:23 27:37
Stat Leaders
Passing Comp-Att Yds TD Int
UGA - Murray 22-35 242 3 1
Mizzou - Franklin 25-41 269 2 1
Rushing Rush Yds TD Long
UGA - Gurley 10 65 1 44
Mizzou - Murphy 6 43 0 24
Receiving Rec Yds TD Long
UGA - Brown 8 106 2 40
Mizzou - Lucas 6 88 1 41

Mizzou Players | UGA Coach Mark Richt | UGA Players

Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel
Opening Statement:
"First of all, Georgia is a very good football team, as we expected, and I am very impressed with them as I thought we would be. I give them a lot of credit. You can't make mistakes, the kind of mistakes we made in the game like that, and survive. You're not going to win games like that against people like that if you make some of the mistakes we made. You know, it's a seven point game and we had a turnover on the one-yard line and a turnover at the three-yard line. At that point, it is a seven point game and you just can't do that. It was not only those two plays but I think we had the ball twice on our 50-yard line and we came away with three points each time. We gave up some big plays. We will learn from it and get ready for Arizona State."

On the fake punt:
"I have been doing this for a long time and a coach never calls something that he thinks will not work. When they work, they are good calls and when they don't work they are bad calls, and I will take responsibility."

On Georgia's Jarvis Jones:
"He is a great player. Going in, you try to contain the guy but he was all over the field and he is just a great player."

On trying to contain Jones:
"You can't change your whole offense. Obviously he is a great player. We saw him like that against everybody. You try to adjust calls you make, you try to get yourself into a position to get rid of the football or run the football or do different things. But give him credit. he is a great football player."

On the team's offense:
"It's a seven point ball game until we give them the ball on the one-yard line and inside the three. You will never, ever win a game like that. You can't make mistakes like that. A one-yard drive and a three-yard drive, you can't have those. So that was the next 14 points. They did things necessary to win and they are a very good football team."

On the atmosphere:
"Our fans were great. We have won a lot of games here over the past seven years and its always disappointing if you lose at home. The good news is we have a chance to play here next week. The fans are phenomenal and I think it's certainly a testament to them. I am very impressed with everybody, including Georgia."

Coach Pinkel | UGA Coach Mark Richt | UGA Players

MU Player Quotes
WR Marcus Lucas
On what Georgia changed going from the third quarter to the fourth:
"I don't think it had anything to do with them honestly. It was just us. We had a lot of mental errors out there, and we beat ourselves up a lot. They were a good team. We knew it was going to be a dogfight the whole game, but we can't have that many turnovers that late in the game. We had the sack, and then we don't get the fake punt. Different things like that hurt us."

On the Hail Mary attempt right before the first half ended:
"Yeah, I had a read on it. I felt like I should have caught it. When it goes in the air, I feel like I should catch it."

WR L'Damian Washington
On his 69-yard touchdown reception:
"It was man coverage and coach called a great play. James threw a solid ball. So, all the credit should go to those guys."

On the mishaps at the beginning of the game:
"You need to find your arousal level to figure out exactly where you need to be. You can't be too overhyped and you can't be too lulled. You have to find your arousal level to see what benefits you to play your best. I think we probably came out too energetic just to start this all off. I think once we got going, we were in the game. I feel like if we limit a few more mistakes, we come out with the W."

WR T.J. Moe
On this whole day and the feel it gave him:
"It was really special. It was all set up to be a really special night and we didn't come through on the field. Everybody showed up, and people were here really early at 10 o'clock this morning tailgating all day long. They did their part, and we kind of didn't do ours. We couldn't have asked for more out of our fans."

On the skeptics saying Mizzou doesn't have the talent to play in the SEC:
"Defensively, they were really good. But you have guys everywhere that can play. [Jarvis] Jones is similar to Von Miller, who was in the Big 12. So you have athletes all around the country. There are guys in the NFL from Appalachian State and Missouri State and everywhere else. I do think they have a lot of talented players, but I think we moved the ball well. Not to take anything away from them, but we hurt ourselves quite a bit."

On this being considered a devastating loss:
"It hurts. It was set up to be something special for us. We'll wake up tomorrow and we'll be playing 10 more games."

DE Brad Madison
On how he thinks they played in their first SEC game:
"No matter what, we have to play good football if we want to win. If we play a game like that in the Big 12, we would probably lose that game, too. We just have to fix the little mistakes and come back here ready to go."

Coach Pinkel | Mizzou Players | UGA Players

Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt
On the game in general:
"I was proud of the boys and the job they did. You know, 21 points was really not indicative of how close the game was. We just made some plays at the end there that got some quick scores for us. It was definitely a great challenge for our football team. There were times when I was just starting to wonder what was going to happen. And then our guys started to come through with some big plays on both sides of the ball."

On their comeback from the first half and their enhanced performance from last week:
"The guys kept playing hard and they kept believing. I think we're a team that's in pretty good condition, although you wouldn't have known that looking at our game from last week. We looked like we couldn't take the heat. But this game, luckily the weather broke for us a little bit and we were able to play hard the whole 60 minutes."

On what was said during halftime:
"We just talked about our goals and where we wanted to go and all the things we talked about during camp and the road we're trying to travel down. We knew we had to do it."

On when the offense started rolling:
"Bottom line is we blocked good enough for Murray to get the ball off until we started throwing and catching, we really didn't break down at all. They did a pretty good job against the run. But when we started throwing and catching, that's when things started to happen."

On the Missouri quarterback:
"I was very impressed with their quarterback. He's just physical. Enough to come off of a surgery like that, you would think a guy wouldn't play as physical as he did, but he did a super job."

Coach Pinkel | Mizzou Players | UGA Coach Mark Richt

Georgia Players
QB Aaron Murray
On Georgia's halftime adjustments:
"We had the penalties, some missed assignments here or there, but we cleaned it up, figured out what was going on. That last four-minute drive gave us some momentum hitting halftime. And it was just a tremendous second half. Our defense, the way they fought all day long, especially in the first half when we were making mistakes offensively, kept us in the game. Then in the second half I'm just proud of the way we stood up, came back, and closed it out."

On the momentum from the touchdown at the end of the first half:
"First of all, you get a touchdown and it gives you a lot of confidence. We just needed that little 'kick through the door,' I think. We were right there every time but shooting ourselves in the foot. We finally kicked it open, and after that, things just started opening up. Guys were making plays, and the rest is history, it was a great game."

On his first impression of Missouri:
"They're a very talented team, a great team. They really gave us everything today and gave us a heck of a game. They're a very talented team. I'm looking forward to playing them again next year, and they're going to continue to get better and better. They're going to contend in the SEC."

On adjustments in the passing game:
"It was just that we figured out what worked in the second half. We started doing it, and Coach Bobo was calling great plays."

LB Jarvis Jones
On the game:
"We came out here and it was a big win. A lot of people thought we were going to come out here and get upset, but the guys stayed confident, the coaches kept us pumped, Bulldog Nation came out and supported us. Mizzou had some big plays, they threw their punches, but you have to play the whole game. We stayed in our game, and we executed."

On defensive adjustments to Missouri's spread:
"We just took advantage of the things we had and the things we could control, and made plays. It worked out for us well."

CB/SE Malcolm Mitchell
On his first game playing cornerback:
"I thought I did OK. I could've done better, but it's the first time so I can't do anything but progress."

On Missouri testing him in the passing game:
"They tested me about two plays. Early in the game they came at me about one or two times."


 

 

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