November 12, 2011

Better memory for Rambo



For junior safety Bacarri Rambo, it doesn't get much better.

Prior to Saturday's 45-7 win, the last thing Rambo remembered about Auburn's last trip to Sanford Stadium was being carted off the field with a severe concussion.

He won't be haunted by that memory any longer.

"I just want to thank God because he kept me safe out there," Rambo said. "I just played my best because I knew the rest of the guys were going to give their all and play full speed, man."

His 24-yard pick-6 in the second quarter against Tiger quarterback Clint Moseley, helped Rambo extend his SEC-leading total to seven interceptions, the 12th of his career.

"Preparation meets opportunity," Rambo said. "I get in the film room and I study. I talk to Coach (Scott) Lakatos, if this route comes, what do I do on this? I've just been preparing. That's what I've had my mind on doing all year."

The Bulldogs' last interception returned for a touchdown was Vance Cuff against Idaho State last year. Rambo is No. 2 in the nation with his seven interceptions and now has 149 return yards for the year. Before Saturday, Georgia was the only team in the SEC this season not to score a defensive touchdown this year.

Dawgs feel they proved a point

Linebacker Alec Ogletree thinks the Bulldogs proved a point with Saturday's eighth-straight victory.

"We know everybody doubted us when we started the season 0-2 but we wanted to show people that we can play football," Ogletree said. "I feel like we did that tonight.

The victory marked the Bulldogs' first eight-game winning streak since the 2002 season when it began 8-0. Saturday's 38-point margin of victory over Auburn (6-4, 4-3 SEC) was the largest in the series since a record 41-0 win in 1946.

"This was our goal to treat this as a statement game," Ogletree said. "We wanted to show everyone what we were really capable of doing."

Next up is Kentucky (4-6, 1-5), which Georgia will need to beat to advance to the SEC title game for the first time since 2005. Vanderbilt beat the Wildcats 38-8 on Saturday.

Injury update

Nose guard Kwame Geathers led the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

Meanwhile, cornerback Brandon Boykin left with an apparent ankle injury of his own, but did return and finished the game.

As good as LSU?

Auburn's quarterback Moseley was asked after the game to compare Georgia to LSU, which beat the Tigers 45-10 on Oct. 22.

"Both teams know how to play defense," Moseley said. "I don't want to cause anything by making a prediction, but that will be a great game."

This and That

Former Bulldog great Jake Scott received a standing ovation from the crowd during the first half when he was honored on the field for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. … Representatives from the Cotton, Capital, Gator Outback and Chick-fil-A bowls attended Saturday's game. … Next week's game against Kentucky kicks off at 12:30 and will be televised by the SEC Network. … Georgia's 35 points in the first half was the most points in the first half of an SEC game since 2003 when the Bulldogs built a 37-10 lead over Alabama here. Georgia went on to win 37-23. … The Bulldogs recorded five sacks to help hold the Tigers to 51 yards rushing on 25 carries. Auburn had 195 total yards on offense for the game. The Tigers came in ranked 2nd in the SEC in rushing offense at 191.1 ypg. Ogletree led the team with six tackles while Jarvis Jones had five tackles and two sacks. Jones leads the SEC with 10 sacks, which ranks in the top 10 nationally. … Georgia was 12-for-15 on third down conversions, including two that went for touchdowns. The Bulldogs were 7-for-8 in the opening half on third down. … Senior Brandon Bogotay connected on his first career field goal for the Bulldogs on a 26 yarder in the third quarter, while converting both of his extra point attempts. Blair Walsh, who alternated with Bogotay on kickoffs, kicked Georgia's fourth other extra points.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.