Swinney, Richt postgame quotes

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“This was a great win. This was a gutsy win. The character and toughness that our guys showed tonight was something special. We were ready to go. We knew this was going to be a slug-fest for four quarters. Georgia is a GREAT team. We stood them up in the trenches when we needed to, we got stops when we needed to and we ran the ball when we needed to. We made too many mistakes, but we overcame them. This really was a gutsy win.

“The little things won the game for us. Our effort and intensity was awesome. This was a good start to the season. We accomplished our first goal – win the opener. We need to get better. I’m proud of this team and our fans. This was a magical day. The energy all day was incredible and it was capped off by a special night. We’re going to celebrate this win today and refocus tomorrow. Our goal is to get better by next week”

On ‘do your job’ mentality:
“This was a team win. Everybody did their job and did it well. We got big stops when we needed them and we got the big plays when we needed them. Roderick McDowell was awesome. He got those big runs when we needed them. We were not consistent in the first half, but Tajh (Boyd) came out and looked like a veteran. He made huge plays. Martavis Bryant did not have a great game, but he had the catch of the night when he caught the onside kick. We won the turnover margin and that’s how you win. Your offense and defense have to complement each other. This was a huge opening game that had a lot of pressure to play perfectly. We didn’t do that, but we did find a way to win.”

On Spencer Shuey’s play:
“Spencer Shuey leaves everything he has on the field. He played awesome. He’s physical and he came up with some huge hits. He’s a workhorse on defense and that’s what you need.”

On game atmosphere:
“The game-winning touchdown was scored by #81 (Stanton Seckinger). This was just a special night for Clemson. I’m happy for Coach (Danny) Ford to finally be inducted into the Ring of Honor. It was awesome to see all of our former players back tonight, too. That is Clemson. This was just an awesome night.”

On play of Georgia:
“I don’t want to play them again. They are a team that really makes you slug it out. Aaron Murray consistently makes plays. We finally got to him in the second half and wore them down in the trenches, which worked to our advantage. I also have a lot of respect for (Todd) Gurley and (Keith) Marshall, but I’m proud of our guys.”

Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt

Thoughts on the game:
“Clemson is a very good football team. They did what they had to do to win the football game. Tajh (Boyd) had a good game and Sammy did his thing. The touchdown Watkins (Sammy) had was a great job of breaking the tackle and taking it to the house. Both teams played a great game and had bright moments. At least we got it down to where we had a shot at an onside kick. We weren’t able to get it and lost the game.”

On Todd Gurley:
“I thought Gurley played a great game and ran the ball hard. Unfortunately he strained his quad and wasn’t as effective as he was at the beginning of the game. He came back later in the game and was able to do a little bit more of what Todd is capable of.”

On Clemson’s environment:
“The atmosphere is tremendous, but we go to a lot of stadiums that have that type of atmosphere and we are used to it.”

On penalties:
“There were some penalties that hurt us, and some penalties that helped us. I thought we were able to overcome most of them. I thought the officials did a pretty good job.”

On Aaron Murray:
“Overall, I thought he played pretty well. The fumble he had really hurt us; we have to hold on to the ball. The pick, those are going to happen and they were just in a good scheme and their backside defensive end dropped into coverage. As he let the ball loose he just did not see that defensive end drop back into coverage.”

On the tough road schedule:
“I am not one to cry about schedules, and I am fine with the way our schedule is.”

On potential playmakers:
“I think those guys have already made plays for us in the past. It’s a shame that we didn’t have Malcolm (Mitchell) because he could have made some big plays. We’ve got some good players and we will be home and playing some conference teams and we will be ok.”

Georgia Player Quotes

Quarterback Aaron Murray
On the outcome:
“It’s tough in an away game. Sometimes the other team gets a good jump off of the crowd”

On the biggest challenge tonight:
“Our biggest challenge was dealing with the crowd noise and penalties. We killed ourselves with penalties tonight. It’s tough to convert 3rd and long. Penalties are a big reason why we lost tonight.”

On the atmosphere of Death Valley:
“It was crazy. It was loud, which made communication tough. We expected that and we practiced for it, but it is tough to simulate an environment like this.”

Defensive Back Brendan Langley
On facing Tajh Boyd:
“They’re a great team and he has a lot of weapons to help him.”

On Georgia’s conditioning:
“We just got beat on a couple mental errors but I don’t think there were any conditioning errors. We conditioned very well and I felt like we were extremely prepared.”

Linebacker Jordan Jenkins
On the play of Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense:
“I have to give a lot of credit to Tajh. He made a lot of big plays. They used a lot of motion mixed with quick passes. A lot of times they blocked us with double-teams. I think I had a fullback, tackle and a tight end blocking me at one point. But we can’t use that as an excuse. We needed to have a better pass rush, and I don’t think we did a good job with that tonight.”

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