"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."