Dawgs now want same finish as 2002

ATHENS - Georgia is out of the Top 10 and out of the national title race.

It's still a unified team, though, defensive tackle Ray Gant said.

"That team attitude is what's going to make us survive this loss," Gant said after the Bulldogs fell 14-10 to Florida on Saturday. "I definitely don't want to be remembered as the team that lost to Florida and tanked and went 7-4."

Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) fell to No. 11 in the Associated Press poll one day after its defense surrendered two touchdowns in the first nine minutes and its offense gained 286 yards, the second-lowest total of the season.

"The first thing we have to do (today) is let's go look at the tape, let's bury that game once and for all and let's begin to look a little bit at Auburn," Coach Mark Richt said. "I think it's always good to look at your next opponent to get your mind looking ahead."

The Bulldogs, who have an open date this weekend, will rally around the memory of the 2002 season, when they lost their undefeated season to the Gators but bounced back to win the division. Just like that season, Georgia still controls its own fate. It will play in the SEC Championship Game if it beats the Tigers on Nov. 12 and Kentucky on Nov. 19.

"We even mentioned (the 2002 season) a little bit in the locker room after the game," Richt said.

Backup quarterback Joe Tereshinski, who played Saturday in place of an injured D.J. Shockley, completed eight passes for 100 yards against the Gators, and Georgia's 109 passing yards were its fewest of the season. (Shockley will play against the Tigers, both he and Richt said this weekend.)

"I'm sure (Tereshinski) will look at some of the things that happened in the game and blame himself for it," Richt said. "He certainly isn't the type of guy to pass the buck, but from my standpoint he did a pretty good job."

With their passing game stymied, the Bulldogs ran the ball 20 more times than they threw it, which was the second-largest discrepancy of the season. Georgia even ran the ball on its next-to-last play when Richt called a quarterback keeper on third-and-10 from his own 40-yard line with less than two minutes remaining.

"I think we called a game that gave us a chance to win," Richt said Sunday. "I guess conservative to (some people) is running the ball. When we throw the ball, people want to run the ball. If you chunk the ball every down with a guy that doesn't have too much experience, you might be putting too much pressure on one man. I didn't want Joe to have to do that."

Richt acknowledged that coaches regularly second guess themselves after watching film from games, but he indicated the only regrets he had from the Florida game were some of the audibles that were called in the first half.

"In hindsight, there are some things we were audiling to in the running game that we thought would work but didn't," he said. Tereshinski "checked to the right things, but the things we had him checking to weren't that successful. We just did not get it done blocking-wise, and some it was guys getting whipped and some of it was us putting them in a tough situation."


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