ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's defense has allowed only one touchdown in two straight wins, giving Mark Richt confidence the unit is better prepared than last year to face a physical Mississippi State attack.

With its defense still learning the new 3-4 scheme installed by coordinator Todd Grantham, Georgia lost 24-12 at Mississippi State last season. Georgia's players said Tuesday the loss was a defining moment in a disappointing 6-7 season.

The Bulldogs, who play Mississippi State on Saturday, gave up a combined 80 points in losses to Boise State and South Carolina to open this season. The defense recovered by allowing only a combined 13 points in wins over Coastal Carolina and Mississippi.

Richt says Georgia's defense has played more physical than last year.

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