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UGA must fix second-half slumps

Updated: January 12, 2012, 1:15 PM ET
By David Ching | DawgNation
Tyrann MathieuKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesA 62-yard punt return for a TD by LSU's Tyrann Mathieu kick-started Georgia's downward spiral in the second half of the SEC championship game. It was soon followed by an Aaron Murray INT.
ATHENS, Ga. -- If Georgia's final two games of the 2011 season taught the Bulldogs anything, it's that they still need to learn how to finish.

Georgia (10-4) held halftime leads against LSU in the SEC championship game and Michigan State in the Outback Bowl only to wilt in the second half en route to back-to-back losses that put a damper on the Bulldogs' bounce-back season.

"We improved enough to get to the SEC championship game. For 30 minutes we're playing our tails off and we're winning it, but we don't finish, so we've got to say, 'Why?' " Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "Then [against Michigan State] we're really playing well and we've got the game under control.

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