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Richt pleased with No. 5 Georgia's timely defense

By Pete Iacobelli

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 10:45 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2012, fil ephoto, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) signals at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt in Athens, Ga. Georgia's offense has been largely unstoppable, averaging nearly 50 points over its first five games. But now they face their toughest challenge yet, taking on No. 6 South Carolina and nemesis Steve Spurrier on Saturday.

John Amis, File, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Georgia coach Mark Richt is not worried about his team's defense, no matter how many yards the Bulldogs have given up this season.

No. 5 Georgia ranks in the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference in the major defensive categories and stands 10th in the league overall, allowing more than 370 yards a game.

That's almost 100 yards more than the team gave up a game a year ago when Georgia was fourth in the league and adding to the SEC's reputation for powerhouse defenses. The Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 SEC) will surely need to ramp things up defensively this week against No. 6 South Carolina (5-0, 3-0) in a Eastern Division showdown sure to have a bearing on who'll play for an SEC championship.

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