ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia coach Mark Richt says he knows one
way to make sure the Bulldogs play better than they did against
Alabama. They must cut down on penalties.
The Bulldogs rank last among the nation's 119 Bowl Subdivision
teams with 53 penalties in five games, an average of 10.6 per game.
No other Bowl Subdivision team is averaging as many as 10 penalties
Georgia, which plays Tennessee on Saturday, was penalized 10
times for 81 yards in its 41-30 loss to Alabama. Richt said he used an open week to make sure his players understand the penalties won't be tolerated.
Georgia's penalty count against Alabama included two 15-yard
personal fouls for late hits to the quarterback. Each penalty
assisted the Tide on touchdown drives. Alabama had only 2 penalties for 9 yards in the game.