Michael Bennett: Old man talk ‘gave us a little fire under our butts’

THEY SAID IT

Quotes from players and coaches after Georgia’s 41-20 win over Missouri Saturday night in Columbia, Mo:

“It definitely made us mad. But we just took it as something to give us a little fire under our butts, and we just outlasted them at the end.” — Georgia wide receiver Marlon Brown on Missouri’s “old man football” comment

“That got under our skin. But at the same time, we had to make it about us. Our team, our time. We just wanted to go out there and play.” — Georgia wide receiver Marlon Brown on “old man football” comment

“I feel like after that first touchdown, everybody just calmed down, settled down. We thought, ‘OK, it’s going to be a four-quarter game. We started playing well, and on the defensive side [of Missouri], they started looking kind of sluggish, not moving around so much like in the first quarter when they were all hyped up. We kept grinding and grinding, and I think we just wore them out.” — Brown, on scoring Georgia’s first TD late in the first half.

“I have been doing this a long time and a coach never calls something that he thinks will not work. When they work, they are good calls and when they don’t they are bad calls and I will take responsibility.” — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel on the fake punt in the fourth quarter.

“Richard Samuel’s stop on the fake punt might have been the biggest play in the game. I know it was the one that made me the happiest.” — Georgia coach Mark Richt

“A lot of people thought we were going to get upset. That’s what everybody at ESPN was saying. But the guys stayed confident, the coaches kept us pumped up and the Bulldog Nation came out and supported us. Missouri threw their punches, but you have to play the whole game.” — Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.

“I was proud of the whole line, but one guy in particular. John Theus, it was his first big game and he’s a freshman. It had to be nerve-wracking for him. He had a couple of penalties, but he fought through it and had a heck of a game for us. The whole O-line did great.” — Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.

“We didn’t want them to make a statement with us. Missouri’s a great team, but we knew they were going to try to build their reputation off beating Georgia and we weren’t going to let that happen.” –  Sophomore cornerback Malcolm Mitchell.

“I don’t think it had anything to do with them honestly. It was just us. We had a lot of mental errors out there and we beat ourselves us a lot.” — Missouri WR Marcus Lucas

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