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Auburn Tigers
Head Coach Gus Malzahn
Opening Statement...
"Obviously this is a disappointing loss. 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."

On the offense....
"We didn't get it done offensively, which I think is obvious. They have a good defense but at the same time, we have high expectations that we can get it done."

On stopping the run...
"We played a very good running team. They are one of the best teams in the country at running the football and they got their star back."

On moving forward...
"Anytime you get beat convincingly, as a coach, you have to try and solve the issues that you think you need to moving forward. We have to be big boys. We got it handed to us tonight. That's uncharacteristic of this team and we have to bounce back."

DB Jonathan Jones
On what went wrong out on the field...
"They [Georgia] brought it. In all three phases they showed up and they brought it. We've just got to get back to it and get better, honestly."

On how the team will bounce back...
"You've got to start over. You really just have to black it out, get it out of your mind, and come back on Monday ready for a new start."

On Georgia tailbacks Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley...
"They're great backs. We knew we had to come in and tackle and gang tackle, but give credit to them for coming out there and running hard."

LB Kris Frost
On what it was like playing against Gurley and Chubb...
"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."

On what played into the defense's failures against the run...

"We had some misalignments and they came out with some stuff we haven't seen. Pretty much they beat us up front and guys were getting up on the linebackers. They did a good job and they're a great team."

DL Gabe Wright
On the back-to-back losses...
"We firmly believe, even with the two losses, that we can bounce back. I can tell you that what we showed tonight is not how we've practiced this whole week. Collectively we had one of our best weeks of practice, no doubt about that. The energy was good but Georgia just did better or matched that and they executed their game plan. Moving forward, we may be out of the playoff race but in all actuality there's still so much to play for. The playoff and the national championship is the biggest, and that's our goal, but at the same time we can't get caught up and let another loss turn into another loss. We have Samford at home on senior night, so we have that to look forward to. We've just got to address it and keep on moving forward."
 
Georgia Bulldogs
Head Coach Mark Richt
Opening Statement....
"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."

On Auburn's first drive and the rest of its drives...
"On the first drive, they converted some third downs and we could not get off the field. It's so hard to stop them when it's third-and-3 or less. After that, we did a little bit better job on first down and some penalties got them in trouble and behind the yardage. On third-and-long, we could pin our ears back and get after them a little bit."

On Georgia's first possession of the game...
"We knew it was a long game and sometimes it doesn't always go the way you want. We had the penalties on the kickoff return and the fake punt and you hate to have those calls. But the players knew we as a staff were going to be aggressive and they fed off that."

On deciding not to kick a field goal and scoring a touchdown...
"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."

On Georgia's running game...
"We feel like we can run the ball well. We have a great line and backs who are big, physical beasts. ... Todd (Gurley) played fantastic. You could hear the way the crowd responded when his name was called with the starters. He played well and inspired his teammates. ... (Nick) Chubb is a physical back who runs with determination. He has more ability to make people miss than you'd think and he has good vision. He's a good back, a special back."

QB Hutson Mason
On tonight's game...
"Our mindset coming in was that we were going to have to score a lot of points to win. That's just because it's Auburn and with their offense they usually score a lot of points. For us to hold Auburn to just seven points, what a night for our defense."

On this being a statement win...
"Absolutely. It was definitely a statement. There's a difference between a win and sticking a knife in an opponent and we shut them down tonight."

RB Nick Chubb
On tonight's game...
"This was a big win. It's a great rivalry game between Auburn and Georgia. This is my first experience and it feels great to get a big win."

On the play of his offensive line...

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

ILB Amarlo Herrera
On containing Auburn's offense...
"We just ran to the ball on every play. We practiced that way all week. 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."

On this game building confidence...

"We always play with confidence. We don't lack confidence on defense. This was a big win, though. It's an SEC game and it put us back in the race for the SEC Championship."

OLB Lorenzo Carter
On his playing time...
"It's great. It's really something with me, Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins all out there at the same time. It's pretty crazy really, but Coach Pruitt makes it work."

On the gameplan of the defense going into the game...

"We emphasized keying in on them and running up field to set the edge. That's what Coach Pruitt really put a big emphasis on this week in practice and we hunkered down and made plays."

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