ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia coach Mark Richt has no plans to add unnecessary hype before his No. 9 Bulldogs host No. 6 LSU on Saturday.
The last time Georgia was ranked in the top 10 and played a prime-time home game against a top 10 opponent was in 2008, and the Bulldogs were blown out by Alabama.
That was the infamous "blackout" game in which players wore black jerseys and all fans were encouraged to wear black attire under the lights at sold-out Sanford Stadium.
Richt says, "We're not going to do a blackout, no," as he turns the Bulldogs' focus to correcting problems from a rain-filled 45-21 victory over North Texas, which capitalized on mistakes to tie the score early in the third quarter.
Georgia (2-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) allowed two touchdowns on special teams breakdowns. North Texas scored on a 99-yard kickoff return that cut the lead to seven in the second quarter.
"We've been really covering kicks extremely well all year long and when you get one like that, you might think it's broken, but it's really not broken," Richt said. "We've just got to go back to doing what we've been doing and that's placing the ball where we want it, getting guys down covering, being in the right spots and making the play."
A high snap and a missed block early in the third allowed North Texas to block Collin Barber's punt and the Mean Green recovered to tie the score.
Quarterback Aaron Murray, despite for passing for 408 yards and three touchdowns, threw an early interception in the end zone, and Todd Gurley, despite rushing for 91 yards and one TD on 17 carries, lost a fumble early in the fourth.
Against LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC), the Bulldogs can't afford such lapses, particularly on defense against former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is 14-3 as the Tigers' starter