Georgia coach Kirby Smart (left) shakes hands with Mississippi State defensive coordinator Todd Grantham after UGA's win in Athens. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
Photo: Joshua L. Jones/AP
Photo: Joshua L. Jones/AP

What opponents said after losing to Falcons, Tech, UGA

The Falcons, Georgia Tech and Georgia all won last weekend. Here’s what the opposing teams had to say about the Georgia teams:  

Detroit Lions quotes after their narrow 30-26 loss to the Falcons

--Coach Jim Caldwell: “That’s a good football team now, make no mistake about it. But we’ve gotta get better.” 

--Quarterback Matthew Stafford on his friend, Falcons QB Matt Ryan: “He’s been a really good friend to have. And I’m sure he’ll hang Sunday over my head for a while.” 

Mississippi State quotes after being routed by Georgia 31-3

--Coach Dan Mullen: “We started slow. We didn’t execute really clean throughout the course of the game in all three phases. If you’re out on the road and you play a team as good as Georgia and you don’t execute, you’re not going to win.”

--Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, when asked if Georgia did anything differently to control standout defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons: “No. Nothing.”

--Grantham when asked what he attributed Georgia’s success with passes over the middle:  “Not being in the middle of the field.”

--Cornerback Tolando Cleveland: “We beat ourselves. They didn’t do anything we weren’t prepared for”

--Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald: “We knew Georgia was going to be fast and we knew they were going to be physical. We just have to execute. They’re a very good defense and they executed very well.” 

Pittsburgh quotes after losing to Georgia Tech 35-17

--Coach Pat Narduzzi: “We couldn’t run the ball — give them credit. Obviously, they did something well and we didn’t.”

--Narduzzi: At halftime, we had 24 plays and they had about 50. That's not good ... because they're going to continue to run it and run it and run it.”

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