September 10, 2007

Game slips through UGA's hands

There were missed assignments and trouble tackling ball carriers in space.

But overall, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he really didn't have a lot of issues with the Bulldogs' defense in Saturday's 16-12 loss to South Carolina.

"I thought they did pretty good overall. The only disappointing thing for me was that last drive for them to run as well as they did," Richt said. "It was disappointing that we didn't make the stop and get the ball back a little quicker, but they still got us the ball back with 1:20 left. We had 80 yards to go, but got to the 50, which was still plenty of time to get in the end zone. The defense did its job to get us one more shot."

But there were some issues.

According to linebacker Brandon Miller, Georgia's problems during South Carolina's final drive when the Gamecocks ripped off 15, 12 and 11 runs was a direct result of missed assignments, and basically, poor tackling.

"That's something we've really got to work on," Miller said. "When you've got chances to make plays, you've got to step up. South Carolina came ready to play, but we've got to quit making those types of mistakes."

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