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Three factors in loss to Florida

A personal foul call on George Foster, the performance of the Georgia quarterbacks, and Richt's unwillingness to use on the running game all contributed in some way to Georgia's loss.

Three things happened Saturday night that prevented Georgia from winning the SEC East and Mark Richt addressed all three of them Sunday in his press conference.

A personal foul call on George Foster, the performance of the Georgia quarterbacks, and Richt's unwillingness to use on the running game all contributed in some way to Georgia's loss.

First off, a bonehead move by George Foster moved a Billy Bennett field goal try from close range to long distance. The personal foul was inexcusable, but was made even worse because Foster is a senior and should know better than to let his temper take over during a game.

Richt said that Foster "got mad about something. But you can't do that. It probably cost us three points."

The Georgia quarterbacks overall looked weak for the first time in a while. And that is surprising considering how sharp that both of them looked in the last two games.

David Greene rushed the snap on 2nd and goal from the Florida one. The penalty moved the Dawgs five yards back and wiped a touchdown off of the board. The mistake was a surprising one because of how well Greene normally manages the game.

Richt said that had Greene given the offense time to set itself, the play would have resulted in a touchdown anyway.

"We should have had four more points on the board," said Richt about the play.

Obviously DJ Shockley's interception that was returned for a touchdown was critical. Richt said that the interception was his fault because he did not make Shockley and the offense practice that play enough during the week.

"I did a poor job of coaching on that play," said Richt

Finally, Richt said that he did not use the running game enough.

"There is no doubt that I should have given the running game more of a chance," noted Richt.

He is absolutely right. When using the run, Georgia was moving the ball in chunks. The holes looked huge and Musa Smith and Tony Milton were moving the ball down the field swiftly. Also, the running game should have been used to avoid the 3rd and long situations that Georgia constantly found themselves in. Georgia did not convert a 3rd down all game long.

Georgia's defense was outstanding. But they cannot win the SEC East alone. The corrections needed all fall on the offensive side of the ball and it is up to Richt to fix them.

"We are going to face the issue and look in the mirror to see what is wrong and do things to fix it."

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com


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