We were kind of disappointed in our performance tonight. I know we wanted to do a whole lot better than what we did. Its just gonna take us coming out next week and preparing that much harder for the next opponent.
-- Alec Ogletree, Georgia LB
The only team that can really beat us right now is ourselves. We showed that a little bit in the second quarter. But if we take care of the turnovers, we played a dang near perfect game on offense.
-- Georgia WR Michael Bennett
Keith(Marshall) with two -- I dont know what the distances were. Just unbelievable. Todd (Gurleys) runs, just stiff-arming people. Its just so frustrating for me that every time I hand the ball off I wanna look back (at them run), but I know if I do that, Im gonna get a minus on my report for the fake. So I always find ways to peek a little bit. Theyre just unbelievable the way they run the abll.
-- Georgia QB Aaron Murray on the freshmen tailbacks
We were able to come back in the second half and fight through it. Last year we were able to fight through it but we didnt finish the game. Thats always been our motto: Finish the drill. And tonight we did that.
-- Murray on the difference between this game and South Carolina last year, which also had a pinball quality.
We got two guys. Theres not a lot of pressure on one guy. Youve got some depth. I dont think Ken(Malcolm) played tonight, bu youve got a third guy. One guy doesnt feel like hes gotta do it all. Theres competition there all week. And I love competition. Weve got some consistency there at the position.
-- Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo on the tailbacks
Im happy with the way we responded. Youve gotta give Tennessee credit. They made plays, they created turnovers, I love that we responded with some adversity. Things arent gonna be easy. I dont like it when its easy all the time. I like to see how our guys are gonna respond and I thought they did a great job at it today. It about gives you a heart attack, but I thought that was big for us, the way we responded.
-- Bobo on the game.
Im not gonna take anything away from Tennessee. They put up a lot of points tonight. But its not like they just beat us up physically. A lot of those points they scored was because of mental mistakes. We gave up some big plays. All weve gotta do is make sure we correct those mistakes and well be fine.
South Carolina is a huge game, we all know that. Weve got a lot of respect for them. Theyve beaten us the last two games, so weve got something to prove. If we can keep improving, get prepared and stay together, we have a good chance to get after it. Were going to Columbia for a 60-minute war.
-- Georgia head coach Mark Richt
Its nice to have a gut check and come out on top. A lot of things in the first half deflated us, but we realized where we were, we knew we had to play another 30 minutes, and we rose to the occasion when we needed to. We kept them out of the end zone when we needed to, we got turnovers when we needed to and we did what we had to do win.
Tennessee did get over 400 yards of offense and made their share of big plays. So Im not saying Tennessee didnt do well offensively, because they did. But I wouldnt say to the degree of the points on the board there. But I was just talking to coach Grantham, weve been around long enough to know we need to be thankful and glad we won the game, and not gripe and moan about yards and points and stuff. Because it doesnt matter. Winning does.
Ive always believed that this team had some fight in them. We just had to go out there and prove it. We got hit by a freight train early in the game, but we were able to fight back and get back into it. We went to-to-toe with a top-10 team that will be competing for a national championship.
-- Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley