Quotes - Auburn at Georgia
Nov. 12, 2016

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Georgia vs. Auburn
Sanford Stadium Nov. 12, 2016

Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn

Opening Statement...

"Obviously a disappointing loss, a really tough loss. Our defense played outstanding, but our offense didn't get it done today. It's as simple as that. We didn't get a first down in the second half. Give them credit, they had a good plan, but we didn't do a good job executing and doing the things that we need to do. Third downs, 2-of-12 on third downs, obviously that was the worst of the year. We just didn't make any explosive plays. They did a good job stopping the run and we had trouble throwing the football when we threw it. Disappointing loss, to say the least."

On the second half offensive struggles...

"We didn't get it done. We didn't execute very good. We didn't do a very good job offensively, that was obvious."

On if Auburn should have run more...

"We'll look back and we'll evaluate everything that happened today. We didn't get it done. Any time you don't get it done you've got to evaluate everything as far as running the football. We just didn't get it done."

On using the wildcat package...

"I think we went one other time with it (besides the touchdown drive), or a heavy set. Of course they went 'zero (deep safeties),' but as I said we didn't get a first down in the second half. We'll look at everything and we'll move forward."

On differences on the offensive game plan for this game without Kamryn Pettway...

"It changed, but we've been pretty good on offense this year. It's kind of a 'next man up' mentality. I think (Johnson) ran hard. He did some good stuff. We just never got in a rhythm. We never got in our pace. We were fighting uphill offensively."


 

 

Sophomore Running Back #21 Kerryon Johnson

On the loss ...

"This one hurts. Everybody loses sooner or later. We just got to take it in stride and get better next week."

On inability to move the ball in the second half...

"They outplayed us. They obviously wanted to win the game more than we did. That is what they did. They came out and beat us."

On Georgia's defense...

"It was a typical Georgia defense. They were athletic, they were fast and they tackle well. They didn't do anything special, but we just didn't execute like we were supposed to. We had a bust here and there from myself and others so we will fix those this week."

Senior Offensive Lineman #63 Alex Kozan

On different schemes Georgia used...

"They brought some exotics a few times that got us. For the most part, it comes down to getting first downs and in the second half we didn't get first downs. So that speaks for itself."

On Georgia's defense...

"They are solid. Good players and they are young but they are really solid. Credit their coaches and their defense; they did a great job tonight. The pick six definitely changed the momentum and from there we couldn't get a rhythm on offense."

Junior Linebacker #30 Tre' Williams

On Nick Chubb...

"They are pretty good backs. We knew that coming in that we needed to stop them. They had a pretty decent game so it is on us to do our part."

Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart

On the win...

"That was more than team-wide, it was university-wide and fan-wide. The crowd noise at the end impacted the game. With less than two minutes, they could not convert and that was helped by the noise. These kids don't have any quit in them. They fight."

On Georgia's fourth-quarter scoring drive...

"That was an identity drive. We challenged them to be physical. We were struggling to run the ball inside on that massive front, so we got the ball on the perimeter. We had some runs hit there."

On Maurice Smith's interception return for a touchdown...

"The touchdown got the crowd invigorated. When Mo hit the pick-six, it got electric. It fired the defense up and inspired the offense. We got a lot of energy from that."

On Auburn's running game...

"They are a run-first team and not having their big back was tough. He's a great player. It's tough that he wasn't healthy, but they ran well with the others. Our kids struck and played hard tonight."

On the first-quarter interception in the end zone...

"That play is on me. I wanted that play and I thought the play was there. I thought it could be a golden play."

On Jacob Eason...

"He's growing, he's getting more confidence and he's getting better with each game. He's an intelligent kid. We need to keep putting him in situations to be successful. He's competitive with a calm, cool demeanor."

#27 Junior Tailback Nick Chubb

On offensive success...

"We told ourselves a few weeks ago we were going to run the ball and we were going to be successful. Since then, we've been running the ball very well."

On Georgia's defense...

"Those guys are amazing. We know those guys would hold them up and they did. They scored one touchdown on us, so we knew it was on us to make some plays, and we were able to do that."

#3 Sophomore Linebacker Roquan Smith

On pick-six in the second half...

"What was going through my head? Him getting into the end zone and me getting a block. It felt amazing."

On the second-half...

"That was the adjustment we needed. They were hitting everything on the perimeter in the first half, so the halftime adjustment was stopping the run there and we stopped it, but I guess they continued to try to do it.

#2 Senior Defensive Back Maurice Smith

On his second-half pick-six...

"This makes it definitely worth while. It's a blessing. For me to be a part of this team and be able to help the team, I just love it. I was relieved [after the touchdown]. I had been wanting to get one for the longest time and I ended up getting it and God blessed me and the defense did a great job blocking."

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