Richt thanks fans for big win


“It was a great night. The fans were spectacular, the students were ready, the Dog Walk was everything we hoped for, the band was great, and it took everybody to have this kind of performance. We were hoping we could be energized by our fans and that we could energize our fans by our play, and that’s what happened. The crowd was primed for a great night. There’s just something electric about a home game under the lights in November. We made memories together. That’s about as much fun as I’ve had as coach at Georgia, and it’s because of our fans and the players involved.”

— Georgia coach Mark Richt on atmosphere at Sanford Stadium

“Congratulations to Georgia. They have a good team. They beat us in all three phases on the night. On special teams, we sort of ran into the kicker and they scored right after that and I think that was a big play. Offensively, if we got first downs, we had holding penalties that brought them back. At the start of the third quarter, we had two drops back-to-back, which hurt the momentum. Defensively, we had trouble stopping the run. We knew Georgia is strong running team, and they wore us down in the third and fourth quarters.”

— Auburn coach Gus Malzahn on suffering the worse loss of his tenure

“I mean, they’re great backs and we knew that going into the game, obviously. But it’s the SEC, and we play great backs every week. They did as expected. They’re tough guys to bring down, but it’s all about fitting the run and making sure everything is squared away, but we didn’t do too good of a job at that tonight.”

— Auburn linebacker Kris Frost on defending Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley

“I was really indecisive about what to do. I was going to kick it, but the play clock was winding down and we were about to get a delay, so I called the timeout. I asked coach (Mike) Bobo if we went for it what play he liked. He explained the play and had faith in it, so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ It turned out to be big for us. The guys loved it; they all wanted to go for it. If it doesn’t work, it’s a bad thing. But it was a good play and it was executed very well. We hammered it in, and it showed we were serious about winning this game tonight.”

— Richt on scoring a touchdown after calling timeout and deciding to not to attempt a field goal

“Absolutely there was a statement made tonight. There’s a difference in winning and sticking a knife in somebody. I think we did that tonight.”

— Bulldogs senior quarterback Hutson Mason on beating Auburn soundly

“Those are some bad boys up front. They make running a lot easier for us. We couldn’t do it without them.”

— Georgia tailback Nick Chubb on Georgia’s offensive line

“It’s a big concern when a guy like that goes down and not really knowing what it is. You never want to see anything happen to a guy as talented as he is. But I think the type of player he is, the work ethic he has, he’ll be fine.”

— UGA senior defensive back Damian Swann on losing Gurley to injury

“We just ran to the ball on every play. We practiced with the mindset that we were going to get to the ball, and we weren’t going to let them run on us.”

— Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera