Dawgs look for boost from fans against LSU

ATHENS – Only once before has Georgia won more home games in a row than their current streak that dates back to a 24-17 loss to Auburn in 2001.

Now, Mark Richt and company are saying Georgia fans must be a factor to help beat LSU this weekend in Athens. The Tigers are one of only two teams in the Southeastern Conference that Georgia has not yet beaten under Richt.

Last season the Bulldogs lost a close game to the LSU in Baton Rouge, and all parties agree Tiger Stadium is the most difficult place for them to play.

"I'll never forget this about their fans," said Richt. "When we scored that long touchdown the crowd did not get quiet; it got louder and more intense." LSU went on to win the game in the final moments of the fourth quarter. But this season LSU travels to Athens. The Tigers have already lost one game in the SEC and another one would likely eliminate them from championship contention. Richt is hoping the home crown will help put the Dawgs over the top.

"It's huge for us to be at home," said Richt. "Offensively it helps to be able to communicate with one another. You have to be able to hear each other to be comfortable to make changes at the line of scrimmage. It's so much harder to do that when it's loud."

"It would be hard to believe that Sanford would be louder than at LSU," said offensive lineman Russ Tanner. "I don't think our stadium has the acoustics that LSU does. That place down there is unbelievable. I would love for Sanford Stadium to get that loud."

Richt wants this game's Dawg Walk to be the best ever. He specifically pointed that out in this week's press conference with the media.

"I think it's going to be exciting to bring in an opponent like LSU. I would like to think the Dawg Walk will be the best it's ever been," he said. "I hope the crowd will be as excited as they have been all year, and maybe in years. They need to be because we need some help from our fanbase to create problems for them offensively as far as their communication is concerned."

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