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Tennessee-Georgia Postgame Quotes

Oct. 11, 2008

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Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer
On Tennessee's 26-14 loss to Georgia Saturday night...
"Obviously, I am disappointed with the loss. Georgia is a very good team and I congratulate them. Our offense couldn't get it going today. We have to make some plays to back up the defenses who are putting eight men in the box. Defensively, we didn't help ourselves with all of the mistakes. Our guys are trying. You win as a team and you lose as a team."

On Tennessee's miscues throughout the game...
"Georgia is too good of a team for us to help. If you get a personal foul penalty, it is a lack of composure. Our inability to stop the run on the perimeter and to stop the run on short passes really hurt us. We didn't get our defense off the field to have a chance."

Junior quarterback, No. 17, Nick Stephens
On Tennessee's 26-14 loss to Georgia Saturday night...
"Each loss is disappointing. Emotion came into play and we were called for a lot of personal fouls. It is time to get back to work and get things done. We have the talent and coaches to go out there and get it done."

Senior linebacker, No. 35, Ellix Wilson
On Tennessee's 26-14 loss to Georgia Saturday night...
"We played bad today. Penalties took a lot out of us. We had times to stop them in the second half and we couldn't do it. Our defense couldn't get off the field, especially in the fourth quarter. We have to work harder and get off the field for our offense. We just tried to go out and play physical and we just couldn't do it. It's about playing football and being physical."


Georgia head coach Mark Richt:
On the victory...
"I am so thankful for this win, I can't even tell you. I am sure the Bulldog Nation is pretty excited, and I am thankful for them. They were stellar cheering us on. I am pleased with the job our fan base is doing. It's the best ever."

On the hit of receiver Mohamed Massaquoi...
"When one of your best players and finest leaders is hit like that and lays on the ground for awhile, nobody likes that. And it creates energy and emotion to defend your man, and that's what our guys did."

On not scoring touchdowns...
"We kept this game a little closer than it could have been with the field goals instead of touchdowns. We left some points out on the field. We've got to do a better job of taking advantage of opportunities when we have them."

On the issues at tackle following the injury to Vince Vance...
"It's critical now. We still have Justin Anderson and Clint Boling who can play tackle. With Kiante Tripp, we will have to do some soul searching and decide what to do. We actually had a tackle jersey ready for him in case we lost one more guy. Cordy (Glenn) is also a capable tackle. We will have to look at that situation and decide what's best."

On the fullbacks...
"(Brannan) Southerland did well and it was great to see him in there. He made some plays, and it was great to hear the fans respond. He has earned the respect of the fans, his teammates and his coaches. Shaun Chapas is also still a big part of what we are doing and he deserves to be."

Junior tailback, #7 Matthew Stafford:
On getting back in the win column...
"It's big for us. I know it wasn't too pretty. We had a chance to really open that game up, and we didn't do it. We had to kick four field goals and I threw two picks in the red zone, which killed the momentum. I was proud of the guys. The offensive line had a great game, and we had a good drive in the fourth quarter where we were able to grind out the clock."

On Georgia's drive in the four quarter that ate up a lot of clock...
"It was big for us. They knew we were going to run it; we knew we were going to run it. We were just trying to get first downs and keep our defense off the field to limit their chances of coming back. I challenged the guys up front, and they did a good job of making it happen."

Junior cornerback, #2 Asher Allen:
On the game...
"We are going to enjoy this win because Tennessee is a great team. To come out with a win is big. They got to within 20-14 and were only one possession away, but we did a good job of stepping up and stopping them."

On holding Tennessee to one yard rushing...
"That speaks to the defense and Coach Martinez calling plays. Everybody is on the same page. The defensive line and linebackers played great today."

On next week's game against Vanderbilt and not being distracted with homecoming festivities...
"We know it is going to be a tough game. We have to bring more energy and be more consistent. The homecoming is more for people who went to school here. Our team will try to stay focused on our goals and what we need to accomplish."

On the defensive line improving since the Alabama game...
"It was a real focus. The defensive ends and the defensive line as a whole played really well this game."

Redshirt sophomore tailback, #24 Knowshon Moreno:
On Tennessee's defense...
"They played hard throughout the whole game. They got the interception in the end zone that rallied them up a little bit. They played with a lot of hustle and made some big plays."

On Georgia's bye week last week...
"It was good to get some rest. We focused on the little things that would make us better. It was good for the team"



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