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Blog: Playing as hard as the other guys

Georgia will open its 2011 season a week from Saturday with a nationally televised clash against No. 5 Boise State hoping to win like it does every time out.

Just bringing the same get-after-it intensity as the opponent would be a vast improvement over some games last season including the Bulldogs’ last one, according to coach Mark Richt.

Richt this offseason admitted to Bulldogs fans in Jacksonville that Georgia lost some close games last season because the other team played harder. He vowed it wouldn’t happen again, but didn’t specify which games he was talking about then.

He elaborated recently.

“When you watch the film and you see another team played harder than we did, that’s sad, that’s my fault,” Richt said. “We had some games like that in my opinion. I can name one for sure and that’s the bowl game. It was most evident that game, maybe that’s the one in my craw and is the one I’m talking about the most.”

Georgia lost 10-6 in the Liberty Bowl to Central Florida., a game in which it managed just 280 total yards of offense and did not score a touchdown.

Of other games during a 6-7 season, Richt said the game film showed that “we weren’t out there loafing, but we just didn’t finish very well. Part of finishing is making plays when they need to be made. Everybody else seemed to be making the plays and we weren’t. Sometimes we were helping them, just about giving it away, which isn’t good.”

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham didn’t see a lack of effort from his unit.

“Not on defense,” Grantham said. “It ain’t happened on defense. When you look at the Central Florida game, I thought the guys on defense were busting their tail. Now we didn’t finish the game the way that we wanted to, but to say that those guys outworked us, that ain’t right. That didn’t happen.”

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