POSTGAME: Coach Meyer on the Victory over UGA
Urban Meyer / GETTY IMAGES
Urban Meyer / GETTY IMAGES
Posted Oct 29, 2005

Coach Meyer: That was a great win. I have been exposed to terrific environments and that was as good as I have ever seen. I am happy I experienced it against a tremendous team. That was a tough win. I told my team I was extremely proud. I am not sure I have been associated with a group of young men that have gone through in the last three or four weeks.

Opening Remarks…

Their resilience toughness and ability to hang in there when things started to bend and get tough in the third and fourth quarter. Our quarterback had a tremendous first half and we had to tighten down in the second half because of an injury to Dallas Baker who was about half speed.

On the first opening drive score all season….

To come down the field and play like we did that first drive. I thought Chris was tremendous. I thought he hit the short passes we put in. I thought the backs ran hard and I thought the offensive line came off the ball. It kind of set the tempo for the whole game. It gave a lot of guys confidence. They won the toss and deferred and everyone thought “here we go again.” They came out and I thought the quarterback did a great job in the first two drives.

On the fumble before the half…

The fumble was terrible; I will have to look at the tape. We didn’t talk about it at all at halftime. The ball was a little low on his hip and we can’t have that,

Talk about Tate Casey

I thought Casey played very well. It’s a product of good practice. We will throw the ball to the tight end when he starts catching the ball in practice. He started catching the ball in practice. He is getting better and is only a sophomore. He is kind of a tweener, we would like to have him a little heavier, but he played pretty well.

On the timing and execution of the fake punt…

There was a certain look they were giving us. I felt like things were giving in a little bit. I think in big rivalry games, it takes a big play to win a big game. We have practiced that for about 10 weeks. That was the slowest 20 yards I can remember, but very well executed. If the look wasn’t there I probably would have called a timeout, but the look was there. It’s there for a 4th down and two or 4th down and three situations, and it was.

On Jeremy Mincey’s big tackle for a loss behind the line of scrimmage at the end of the game…

Football is such a game of momentum and you see the momentum shift a little bit and then Mincey makes a big play and a six yard loss, he has done that for us all year.,.

On the Running Backs…

I thought Markus ran hard. We are starting to develop tailbacks around here. We didn’t have that earlier in the year, not at all. I think Wynn ran well as well. Our line had their best game.

On the offense in the second half…

I am very disappointed in the second half ability to get first downs, but we won the game. I have figured out in this conference, you have to do what you have to do to win the game. Especially against these great defenses, the one we faced tonight is one of the best I have ever seen.

On going undefeated in the SEC…

I think it is near impossible to go undefeated, especially in a conference like the SEC. Now that I am in the SEC I can’t imagine how Auburn did it last year. That is coming from a guy that has seen a lot of football from a lot of different places. With all due respect to Alabama, there is too good of football in the SEC for them to go undefeated.

On changes made to the offense…

The offense is a work in progress. Obviously we had two weeks to put in a couple of plays. We put in a couple of downhill running plays, a couple of under center plays and a couple of quick passes. Chris is comfortable out of the pocket. I think it is a work in progress.

On the timing of the bye week…

A lot of times in bye weeks you take off shoulder pads, we couldn’t do that. We were out there hitting and grinding and trying to figure out how to block people. And add some offense and defense. I am not sure I have been with a group that has gone through what this one has. If you look at the schedule and tight games, the away games. I have great respect for our players.

On punting instead of going for a field goal at the end…

It really would have only given us a seven point lead. That doggone penalty we had they would have been pinned on the eight yard line. With the new quarterback I was thinking field position and playing good defense.

On rooting for Auburn to win against Georgia

Georgia is trying to go get number seven. Sure I will be a big Auburn fan on that day.

On injuries from the game…

Earl Everett has a thigh bruise and Jarvis Herring has a thigh bruise. Dallas Baker has a sprained ankle.

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