“You’ve got to get your act together the week after a loss,” Richt said. “It does not matter who you play, but I have a high regard for Vanderbilt.”
Georgia suffered one of the worst collapses in its history last night after Tennessee rallied to win after outscoring the Bulldogs 44-9 to end the game. But Richt said the offense, defense and special teams all could take blame in the loss.
Also, Richt did not confirm or deny that Joe Tereshinski would start for the Bulldogs at quarterback against Vanderbilt.
“We are going to review that tonight,” he said. “You have to look at everything top to bottom and see where you are.”
Richt said the Bulldogs’ offense put its defense in dire straits at times.
“We put or defense in some bad situations by turning the ball over deep three times, but we struggled on defense in spite of that,” Richt said. The Bulldogs turned over the ball near the red zone at the start of the second half, which led to the Vols continuing momentum they have built up from scoring a touchdown going into the half.
Richt said breakdowns have been the result of one player missing an assignment on all three blocked punts in the last two games. Richt had not previously had a punt blocked before last week. Kregg Lumpkin blamed himself for missing the assignment on the blocked punt last night.
Still, even after the disastrous second-half events of last night, Richt said the Bulldogs are not out of the SEC East race.
“There is one undefeated team in the SEC – there are an awful lot of things that can happen in this race – and the race is on; it’s just beginning really,” Richt said. “We have won the East three of the last four years, and we never went undefeated during that time; so all is not lost at all. We’ve got five SEC games in a row, so there is a lot yet to be worked out.”
But the Bulldogs’ road to defending its SEC title is very difficult. Georgia likely must remain undefeated for the remainder of its SEC schedule – beating Florida and Auburn – and Tennessee must lose again for the Bulldogs to repeat.