Georgia didn’t advance past the 50-yard line on three drives in the fourth quarter, with its final two drives ending with interceptions.
Johnson, not usually hesitant to point out the deficiencies of his defense, was mostly happy with their effort.
“We hung in there on defense,” Johnson said. “It’s hard to do when they are knocking you back and driving you back and running the ball. We hung in there …”
Senior Pat Gamble said he was driven by the memory of some of the Bulldogs players planting a flag in the field of Bobby Dodd Stadium following last year’s win.
“You see the flag?” said Gamble, who had 11 tackles. “We put our flag in the middle of their field. I want them to remember that.”