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Dawgs still motivated by Florida loss

Sometimes a loss can derail a team's championship hopes. But in Athens, Georgia's loss to Florida was simply used a motivation to prove their critics wrong.

Sometimes a loss can derail a team's championship hopes. But in Athens, Georgia's loss to Florida was simply used a motivation to prove their critics wrong.

"It was encouraging to be able to not change out goals after the loss to Florida," said Georgia Head coach Mark Richt.

Richt said that it was important that Georgia not allow the loss to Florida destroy their SEC and national title hopes. "It would have been the attitude of the same old Georgia," he said. Richt added that had Georgia collapsed following the loss in Jacksonville that the critics would have said it was "the same old finish to the season."

After the loss, Georgia regrouped a won its final two SEC games. Wins over Auburn and Ole Miss not only meant that Georgia was the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division champions, but also that they did not need a Florida loss to do it.

"We still controlled our destiny after that game," said Richt. And control they did.

One week after the disappointing loss to Florida, Richt and Georgia rallied to beat Ole Miss in a sloppy contest. The game cost Georgia the services of Terrence Edwards due to an injury suffered in the 2nd half of the game. Without Edwards, and with their backs against the wall at Auburn, Georgia rallied from 14-3 and 21-10 down to come back and beat Auburn 24-21. Edward's replacement Michael Johnson made the game winning catch against the Tigers to cap the game of his career. 

But even with all of the history made by Georgia this season, the team still feels like they have something to prove because of the Florida loss.

Senior fullback JT Wall said, "We are still kind of shocked by that loss. What's really driving us right now is that we still feel like we have to go out and prove something because of that loss."

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


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