Kirby Smart fiercely defends fourth down decisions in win over Tennessee

ATHENS —Georgia coach Kirby Smart blamed himself for “a couple of costly decisions,” but he was bold enough to admit he’s make the same decisions again.

The No. 3 Bulldogs beat No. 14 Tennessee by a 44-21 count on Saturday night, rallying from a 21-17  halftime deficit.

There were all sorts of defensive accolades to celebrate, such as holding the Vols' to minus-1 yard rushing and forcing three second-half turnovers.

Smart, now 17-9 against Top 25 opponents, was indeed pleased with his defense.

But Georgia’s inability to execute on two fourth-and-short plays in the second quarter — and Smart’s decision to go for both — was a popular topic of conversation as the Bulldogs' struggled to gain control of the game.


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