COLUMBIA, S.C.—Georgia heads into its bye week a wounded bunch.
A top-10 matchup turned into a top-10 mismatch.
Sixth-ranked South Carolina took it to the fifth-ranked Bulldogs 35-7 Saturday night.
Here are some quotes from Georgia players and coaches after the Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season.
“First of all like I told the team the bad news is we took a whipping. The good news is we all took it together. I don’t think anybody could look in the mirror and say I had a great day but the other boys didn’t. It was just a team loss. We got beat by a very good team that was very primed and ready to go. I thought their fans were outstanding.”
On how they game played out: “They grabbed momentum early and they held onto it. At least through the first quarter. The second quarter I thought we slowed it down a little bit, stopped the bleeding to a certain degree. I thought the momentum was up for grabs in the second half. We were definitely down 21, but felt like we could grab some momentum with a good drive to get things moving in our direction. That wasn’t the case. Their defense just about the entire night just took care of business. You’ve got to give them credit. We got the consolation touchdown at the end just so we didn’t get the goose egg, but they whipped us pretty good.”
On losing by four touchdowns: “The other thing I told the guy whether you lose by 28 or you lose in overtime, it’s one loss. When it comes to rankings and everything, you can take a pretty good whipping, a pretty good beating in the polls, but when it comes to SEC play, you got one loss. Does that mean the season’s over forGeorgia? No. We still have an opportunity to keep fighting and keep playing and getting better and winning. If we’re able to do that then we’ll have a chance to get back to Atlanta. We’re definitely not going to give up on that thought. That will be the goal.”
On the offense: “I’ll have to watch everything, but I don’t feel early on our backs they didn’t get a lot of space early on. There were times when Murray definitely got pressured early. When there were sometimes when Murray definitely got pressured early and there were sometimes when we did protect well and had some people open, we missed a couple opportunities. I think it was a situation where we were going to have to make a couple big plays to get ourselves energized. I didn’t see—especially in the first half—being able to generate some kind of a drive because their front was whipping us.”
On stacking up among nation’s best: “Tonight we weren’t very good, but the world hasn’t ended. We do still have an awful lot to play for. We’ve got a lot of games to play. A lot of things can happen.
On the first 10 minutes: “Our guys fought through it. We faced adversity all year long. A couple of games have been down and what not. Our guys weren’t going to give up. Fight to the end and just didn’t come out with the victory.”
On South Carolina defense: “They did a great job defensively of really putting us in that situation of being in third and long and that’s not where we want to be. I don’t know exactly what was going on. We had our shots and we weren’t executing when we had them. We’ve just got to go back to the filmroom, watch the film, have the bye week, which I think is huge for us right now to work on some fundamentals to get better this bye week and get better the next week and get ready for our next opponent.”
On stacking up with nation’s top teams: “We definitely thought we were up there as one of the top teams in the country. I still think we’re a very talented team. We just didn’t bring it tonight at all. We got our butts handed to us. We’ve got to keep getting better.”
“Honestly, that team isn’t four touchdowns better than us. Tonight they were. I think it was because of mental mistakes that we made and giving up big plays that we shouldn’t have given up. Stuff we rep all the time in practice. I think we can correct those mistakes. We still have a long season to play. With some help from other teams we can be inAtlantaplaying for the SEC championship.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo
“We couldn’t put any pressure onSouth Carolinaby getting any points.”
On what he thought Georgia could do offensively heading in: “I thought we’d be able to run the ball a little bit better than we did in the first half. We were not successful with that. We thought we’d have some guys open if we could protect. There were times when we protected and we didn’t complete the passes and times we didn’t protect. We had a plan for Clowney of chipping him and things like that but those guys did a great job of getting to the quarterback. Just had us on our heels all night. You’ve got to give that defense credit.”
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham
On Bacarri Rambo having a chance to make interception early: “Anytime the ball’s up in the air deep, we’ve got a chance to make a play. When those things happen, we just want to try to make those plays.”
On defense: “We’ve had two games with our starters back and obviously we’ve got work to do. It’s one game. We’re 5-1. We’ve got a chance to win some games down the road, but to do that we’ve got to play better. We’re going to work hard, improve in the areas we need to and we’re going to come out a better football team.”
On outcome: “It’s definitely humbling. We’re coming in and we wanted to win. We wanted to challengeSouth Carolina. They went up quick 21-0 and made a couple of big plays early. We fell behind early and in the SEC, it’s hard to come up with a deficit like that, especially when you’re on the road with a crowd like they had.”
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