Saturday, November 24, 2012
Bulldogs defense sets tone in win
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- If Alec Ogletree played his last home game on Saturday, Georgia's star junior linebacker provided the fans at Sanford Stadium with a memorable final image.
His third-ranked team had long since taken control in their eventual 42-10 win against Georgia Tech -- the Bulldogs' 11th win against the Yellow Jackets in 12 tries under coach Mark Richt -- when Ogletree's second-quarter body slam of Tech A-back Robert Godhigh explained the state of this rivalry in one quick show of physical domination.
"When Alec slammed the dude, his feet came straight by my face so imagine how high he was," said Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who had to leap out of the way of Godhigh's feet when he flipped upside down. "But the guys played lights out. Alec was running by me all day making tackles, just making plays all over the field. I love the way those guys played."
That huge hit was just one example of the brutal mentality that helped Ogletree and company limit the Yellow Jackets to a season-low 10 points -- a physicality that will be necessary next week when they face No. 2 Alabama in the SEC championship game.
"We're doing well, but we're not satisfied," said senior linebacker Christian Robinson, whose 13 tackles were two short of Ogletree's team-high 15 stops. "We haven't been satisfied since last season when we didn't play the way we wanted to play in the SEC championship game and it's kind of been lingering [a 42-10 loss to LSU where the Bulldogs led 10-7 at halftime]."
Georgia led No. 1 LSU 10-7 at halftime of last season's SEC title game before being blown out 42-10. Robinson and the rest of the Bulldogs remember and are well aware of the stakes next Saturday.
"… We all know [what happened last season] and we've all been fueled by it," Robinson said. "We want to play better and we want to show up at the right time."
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