After Georgia defeated Texas A&M 19-13 on Saturday in Athens, Aggies’ head coach Jimbo Fisher discusses the game in this postgame press conference.
There is a timestamped index of topics Coach Fisher discusses in the video below. Just click on the time mark to open a new tab and the video will play at that timestamp or you can follow along as you watch the presser in its entirety by clicking on the video below to play it.
00:00 Opening statement:
“It was a typical, great SEC football game. Georgia has a very good football team. Hats off to them. They do a really good job in all phases of the game, and they’ve got a really good team. [Coach Kirby Smart] does a really good job coaching them.”
“I think our guys played extremely competitive. I think they played physical and played hard. We had some opportunities. I thought, early in the game, defensively, we did a good job adjusting. On offense, I think movements and some things got us early, until we got so down. Then, late in the second half, we really started picking up things in the passing game with what we did…”
“It was a hard-fought game and a back-and-forth game. It got down to a one-play game. I think we showed a lot of gut in the game as far as how we competed, how we made adjustments. We made adjustments at halftime with some things we wanted to do offensively and defensively. The guys did it well in the game, executed and competed in the game very well, and they never gave up…”
“Unfortunately, there are no moral victories, and we’re not here for moral victories. We played a great football team very well, but we’ve got to find that last two inches at the top of the mountain— that last two percent— that gets you over the top. That’s always hard, but we’ll keep grinding and keep getting there. I’m very proud of the kids, and the coaches did a great job in the game. I’ll do a better job of getting our guys to find that next play, or two extra plays, because my job is to coach.”
01:56 Is this loss to Georgia more frustrating than the others?
“There were opportunities that could’ve gone a different way, but that’s a ballgame. You make your own breaks in life. I don’t make them for you— you’ve got to make them for yourself. You’ve got to handle your own business and do what you’ve got to do. We’ll grow from this and hopefully get better.”
02:23 Would it have helped on offense if you were able to get the run game going?
02:47 Despite the loss, how do you feel the Aggies competed?
“I’m proud of this team. I know wins is where you’ve ultimately got to get [your program] to, but we’re growing. We’re on pace to go where we want to go and get over that hump. I’ve got to find a way to get us over that, because that’s my job. I’m not distracted at all. I’m encouraged like crazy.”
03:23 On the final series, what led to the decision to go with a different offensive formation?
03:55 Did you consider going for it on the 4th and 11 on the final drive with 4 minutes and 26 seconds to go in the game?
04:25 On Georgia’s touchdown pass, did you see Debione Renfro’s mask get pulled and did you get an explanation on that?
04:35 On the turnover, did you think Jalen Wydermyer was stopped before he fumbled the ball?
04:48 How tough a customer was quarterback Kellen Mond?
05:17 Talk about the four penalties on the offense on third down?
05:43 Justin Madubuike had 3 tackles and a sack, but he was making an impact…
06:04 Comments on the delay penalties…
06:32 How beneficial is this two-game stretch for the growth of the A&M program?
06:54 What do you say to the team in the locker room after a game like this?… Finding that last 2%…