Richt: "We've got to finish" on D

Willie Martinez

ATHENS – Georgia's defense is third in the SEC and 21st in the nation in points allowed, but Coach Mark Richt has a bone to pick with that unit.

The Bulldogs gave up an 88-yard, game-tying touchdown drive to Alabama in the final five minutes last week. The Crimson Tide's drive mirrored the decisive march South Carolina made in the fourth quarter of a Sept. 8 game in Sanford Stadium that ate up most of the time Georgia had to make a comeback.

"There are some good things happening," Richt said. "I'm not down on them by any means. (However) most great defenses feel like when we need one stop to win the game, we can get it. That will be something we really need to push for."

The problem is a holdover from last season, when both Kentucky and Vanderbilt sustained late drives in upset victories. There's no one reason for the late-game letdowns, several defenders said this week.

"You can't allow a team to drive the whole length of the field, especially when they absolutely need it," cornerback Asher Allen said.

The Bulldogs were in the right defensive calls in both the South Carolina and Alabama game, Richt said.

"It might be just an attitude thing," he said. "I'm going to challenge the defense this week on that very point. We've got to finish."

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