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Mark Richt post-game press conference:  “I’m probably as sick as I’ve ever been after a loss.”

Georgia collapsed. There’s no excuse for allowing a team to score in 18 seconds at the end of the fourth quarter. But coach Mark Richt decided to execute a squib kick which allowed Georgia Tech to start on their own 43. A Justin Thomas 21-yard scamper set up the game-tying 53-yard FG. Two plays. That’s all it took for Georgia Tech to send the game into overtime. Hutson Mason threw a game-ending INT in OT, which snapped the five-game winning streak over GT with a 30-24 loss. After the game, a dejected Richt spoke with the media to recap the loss:

Overall thoughts on the game …
“I’m very proud of the players and how they played heroically. I’m disappointed the way it ended. … They guys played with a lot of heart and soul and put us in position to
win. I’m so proud of the way they played and I’m sad it ended the way it did.”

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On the squib kick …
“I’m disappointed in my decision to squib kick. That gave them the field position to get it in range and kick it. That was a poor decision on my part. That was no one’s
decision but mine.”

On needing touchdowns more than field goals today …
“That’s usually the case in a game like this. They were calculated risks, but they were things we believed we could get done, so we took the risks and most times it
worked.”

On Tech’s third-quarter time of possession …
“They had a lot of time of possession. They had a long drive, then we ripped it out and scored and we had to go back out and play defense again. That’s just part of the
game. They did a good job of being methodical running the ball. We got some stops when we needed to, but we just didn’t get it done in the end.”

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On the last play of the game …
“It was a slant route and the guy jumped it. He did a good job of undercutting it.”

On plays at the goal-line today …
“Goal-line plays were very interesting. We fumbled twice and we ripped one out and scored. The goal-line offenses for both struggled at times. It was unusual.”

On the fake field goal …
“We knew if they came hard off the edge there would be a chance to get it. Unfortunately, we didn’t score a touchdown, but we were in a lot better shape when we kicked a
field goal. It was a calculated risk, but it was one we had repped and had faith in and executed it well.”

On Georgia’s last scoring drive in regulation …
“We believed if we got the ball again, we had a chance to score, and sure enough we did. It was a dramatic drive, scoring on fourth down. It looked like it was over, but
obviously it wasn’t.”

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