November 24, 2012

Defense still rolling

Of all the statistics that can be measured for a defense, points are what matter most and the Georgia defense has been quite stingy lately.

The Bulldogs have given up 14 points or less in five straight games, and despite allowing Georgia Tech to pile up 426 yards of total offense on Saturday, Georgia's defense surrendered only 10 points Paul Johnson's triple-option attack.

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham won't be wasting any time fretting over giving up too many yards.

"They were pretty much meaningless yards," said Grantham. "They got most of their yardage late in the game and the starting defense only gave up three points to them. The second team defense struggled on their first drive, but was much better on the second possession and that can be expected. Overall we're not concerned about the yardage and things like that because we were able to limit their scoring."

According to senior linebacker Christian Robinson, who finished the game with 13 total tackles and two for a loss, the Georgia offense had a big role in keeping the Yellow Jackets' offense in check.

"It was a really a team effort," said Robinson. "We knew if we could jump out to a lead on them, they would have to get away from what they normally do, and we did that."

A big reason the UGA defense was able to keep Georgia Tech out of the end zone for three and a half quarters was the play of senior safety Bacarri Rambo.

On the Yellow Jackets' first offensive possession, Rambo forced two fumbles and stripped the second one from Georgia Tech running back Robert Godhigh at the Georgia one yard line and returned it 49 yards to set up the Bulldogs second score.

Rambo say's that his and the UGA defenses fast start can be at least partially attributed to comments made by Johnson earlier in the weak about the Bulldog defense's inability to play four quarters of disciplined football.

"We heard all week about how their coach said we couldn't play a full game of disciplined football, and we showed him that we could," said Rambo. "We wanted to come out and show that and I still don't think we put a full game together."

The Seminole County High School product wasn't finished wreaking havoc on the Yellow Jacket offense, either.

In the second quarter, Rambo picked off a pass from Vad Lee notching his 16th interception of his career to tie Bulldog great Jake Scott for the career lead in interceptions.

It is an honor that Rambo won't soon forget.

"I mean, I have to say that tying that career interception mark is big," said Rambo. "Just to be mentioned in the same sentence as a legend like Jake Scott is an amazing honor. I'm very proud of that."

Having a huge game on Senior Day is also in the front of Rambo's mind, but with Alabama next week in the SEC Championship game, he knows his career at Georgia is far from over.

"We want to get to Miami and Alabama is the only thing in our way," said Rambo. "Today this was just a speed bump on our way to Miami, and now we can enjoy this for a couple of hours then start to get ready for Alabama."

After playing two straight triple option attacks, count Robinson as one Bulldog who is happy to be preparing for a more traditional attack from the Crimson Tide.

"My shins are happy," said Robinson with a smile. "I know that. I'm happy to get away from the cut blocks.

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