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Richt: I told them just keeping whipping their tail, defense

With three offensive line starters on the bench with injuries, the Georgia offense struggled to move the ball much on the Bulldogs’ defense in the open field.

Mark Richt stated, "There was one defensive huddle where I kind of jumped in there and told them to not get tired of whipping (the offense's) tail. Just keep whipping it. Don't get tired of it or get bored or feel sorry for them. Just keep whipping it."

Richt admitted, "There wasn't much of a pocket today. Let's face it, when Jones is out, Cordy's out and J.D. is out, it's just not the same. It's not the same. You don't want to sit there and make excuses, but it's not the same."

"In the red-zone and goal-line areas, the defense did not keep that edge. Whether it was the No. 1 defense or the No. 2 defense, they were having their way until the end. But on the goal line, I think our No. 2 offense took three shots and the offense scored on two of them. At the end, the defense didn't dominate like they did and they didn't finish like they would have liked to."

Georgia hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in the season-opener on September 4th.