First-year defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward thought his team could put on a show against the high-powered Bulldogs. ‘‘I believe in the young men that I coach every day, I believe in the system that we run and I believe we can play with anybody,’’ he said.
The biggest drama of the second half was whether Georgia would leave with its first shutout since a 31-0 loss to Alabama in 1995. Spurrer kept his defensive starters in, yet the Bulldogs drove 75 yards to score on Ken Malcome’s 3-yard TD run with 1:55 to go.
Malcome finished as the team’s top rusher with 45 yards, all on Georgia’s scoring drive.
‘‘We hoped to make a play to change momentum but they never allowed us to,’’ Richt said.