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Saturday, November 29, 2008
Another no-show by Georgia's defense


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

If Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez thought his seat was hot before Saturday, he might want to avoid sitting down altogether over the next few weeks.

There's no other way to say it. His defense was humiliated by Georgia Tech's triple option in a 45-42 loss at Sanford Stadium that will give Georgia coach Mark Richt plenty to think about leading up to the bowl game.

LSU's defense gets the award in the SEC for underachieving the most, but Georgia is a close second.

For much of the last half of the season (and really against anybody who had some semblance of a real offense), the Bulldogs were utterly awful on defense.

And their tackling? We won't even go there.

Georgia Tech lit up the Georgia defense for 409 rushing yards, the most the Bulldogs have given up in a game since Vanderbilt rolled up 415 in a 43-40 win over the Bulldogs in 1994.

It goes much deeper than just this game, too.

The Bulldogs ended the regular season by giving up 38 or more points in four of their last five games. In their home loss to Alabama in September, they gave up 31 by halftime in a 41-30 loss.

For perspective, only twice in Vince Dooley's 25 years at Georgia did the Bulldogs allow 38 or more points in a game, and it happened only twice on Richt's watch prior to this season.