MEMPHIS-The Liberty Bowl was not much fun for any fan of good football. The game saw a lone touchdown and plenty of turnovers. It was a sloppy postseason affair. However, it was the Knights of UCF that could smile and celebrate on Beale Street last night. Georgia’s offense never generated the production it needed to beat the Conference USA champion. The Dawgs only needed 11 points and failed to get there.
A stunned Justin Houston watching Georgia's last drive
Here is the stat line for the game:
Aaron Murray: 21-38, 198 yards, two interceptions
Washaun Ealey: 16 carries, 60 yards
A.J. Green: Eight catches, 77 yards
Kris Durham: three catches, 47 yards
Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith both had an interception.
Here are some quotes from coaches and players:
Coach Mark Richt: “The only thing you can do at this point is congratulate Coach O’Leary and Central Florida…UCF, I think they would like to be called UCF and they certainly earned that tonight. They did a great job. They certainly played great defense. They made plays when they had to make plays offensively. Their special teams were very outstanding. It was a hard fought game and a very good football game if you like defense. I think the turnovers were pretty much a loss. Both teams had a couple. They just did what they needed to do when it counted most. It wasn’t a lack of fight or effort on our guys part.
Richt on Murray wearing gloves: “The glove decision:he’s been practicing in them when its been wet. He’s been throwing the ball really well with the gloves. I don’t think that was a factor. It was really more windy than wet. But I don’t think the wind was a factor. He just misfired and tried to force it a few times. Alot of it had to do with the defense being played”
Richt on if he would go for the touchdown instead of a field goal in the first quarter if he had a do over: “Well if I’d known what the final score was, yeah. But I think it was the right thing to do at the time. I think a couple players were upset that I didn’t go for it at that time. But I was like, if you wanna make it, make it on third-and-one, don’t tell me you wanna go for it on fourth-and-one. I don’t think it was a bad decision”
Richt on season: “We’re all disappointed. We didn’t want to finish with a loss. We didn’t want to finish with a losing record. Nobody could have probably predicted that. It is what it is. There are reasons why we ended the way we did. We have got to make changes. We gotta make sure that doesn’t happen again in the future. We’re going to improve. We’re going to get Georgia where it belongs.”