The Georgia Bulldogs stunned the No. 8 Auburn Tigers 13-7 Saturday in Athens to become bowl eligible.
Coach Kirby Smart’s defense held the Tigers – who had won six straight before Saturday’s game – scoreless over the final three quarters. Auburn was the SEC’s leading offense and had only 32 yards and no first downs in the second half. The Tigers finished with just 164 total yards.
“I’m super proud,” Smart told CBS after the game. “It’s huge. We’ve been on the brink all year. We’ve played well. We just played better as a team today.”
Here are some remarks from his postgame press conference
- On the victory: “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.”
- 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 crucial pick-6 interception: “The touchdown got the crowd invigorated. When Mo hit the pick-6, it got electric. It fired the defense up and inspired the offense.”
- On Auburn’s 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 freshman QB 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.”