Middle Tennessee Coach: 'They Swallowed Us Up'

Middle Tennessee Coach: 'They Swallowed Us Up'

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Middle Tennessee Coach: 'They Swallowed Us Up'


Following Georgia’s 49-7 dismantling of Conference USA’s Middle Tennessee State, Blue Raiders coach Rick Stockstill discussed their loss to the nation’s No. 3 ranked Bulldogs.

“It was tough sledding out there, they swallowed us up,” Stockstill said.

“They were bigger than us, faster than us. We couldn’t create any separation at receiver. There were no openings, they swallowed us up, that’s why they are ranked where they are ranked.”

Stockstill, a former FSU quarterback, is 80-73 in his 12 years at MTSU. His team plays three SEC teams in 2018 – opened the season with a loss at Vanderbilt, lost to Georgia and plays Kentucky in November – so playing bigger and faster teams is not new to him.

But the blowout loss did not force Stockstill to lose his competitive edge and continue coaching his team up.

Stockstill admirably said after the game:

“I’m proud of our team. I told them that in there. Losing stinks. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing Georgia or the 130th team in the country, it doesn’t matter, losing stinks. When they hurt, I hurt and I’m proud of that team in there because it was tough sledding today.”

As mentioned, MTSU opened the season with a loss to Vanderbilt. The Blue Raiders bounced back and beat UT Martin in week two 61-37.

“Two stinkers and one lover,” he said on his team’s start to the season. “I loved one of them, I hated the other two.”

“When you play SEC teams, it’s tough, it’s hard and physical. We matched up a hair better with Vanderbilt than with Georgia. When you see their corner, his speed, he comes in there, he’s 6-4, and he barely played till the end of the game. They just swallowed us up. … We’ve got to find a way to get our guys back and to get healthy, so we can get ready for conference play starting up.”

Since Kirby Smart’s arrival at Georgia, the team’s depth has noticeably gotten deeper and deeper. This may even be the deepest team in Georgia history.

But when you are a smaller team like MTSU, when you see Georgia’s former 4 and 5 star recruits run off the field, only to be replaced by more 4 and 5 star guys, it just takes a toll on you.

“These games, their overall depth eventually takes its toll on you,” Stockstill said.

Stockstill clearly has a lot of respect for Smart and his Bulldogs.

“I don’t know what you get out of it, other than you competed against one of the best teams in the country, and hopefully moving forward this will be the best team we play, I don’t know if it will be or not.”

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