Halftime analysis: Seven thoughts

semerson@macon.comNovember 24, 2012 

ATHENS - Any chance of this game being close ended very quickly. As Georgia takes a commanding 28-3 lead into the locker room, here are seven thoughts and observations:

1. Georgia doesn't need style points for the purposes of getting to the BCS title game, but it's getting it anyway. This has been a one-sided affair, even if Georgia Tech has 238 yards. Georgia's defense is getting the takeaways it needs (more on that in a moment) and the Bulldogs are scoring basically at will on offense. This may be the worst defense I've seen all year.

2. One of the Georgia Tech beat writers made a good point: Georgia Tech will win the time of possession battle because Georgia is scoring so quickly. Georgia had utterly no difficulty on the first three drives: 15 plays, 179 yards, or 11.9 yards per play.

3. Not really sure what else you can say about 'Gurshall' at this point. Other than quote their stats: Todd Gurley has 10 rushes for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and Keith Marshall has four rushes for 55 yards and one touchdown. And that's just at halftime. Gurley now has 14 touchdowns, tying Knowshon Moreno for the second-most by a Georgia freshman. (And Moreno was a redshirt freshman.) Next up is Herschel Walker's freshman record of 15 touchdowns. And Gurley is up to 1,129 rushing yards, which is within shouting distance of Moreno's freshman year (1,334 yards). But Walker's 1,616 seems far off.

4. This is quite the going-away party for Bacarri Rambo, whose season began under such cloudy circumstances. Rambo has been quite the playmaker on offense, stripping a fumble by himself and returning it nearly 30 yards, then picking off a deep pass and returning it for about the same amount. Rambo also forced another fumble. Rambo has now tied Jake Scott's school record with 16 interceptions, and has two games and one half to break it. It bears noting that Scott did that in just two years, while Rambo had four years. Still, a record is a record.

5. Defensive personnel has been kind of interesting: Christian Robinson started again and has played basically every play again, just like last week. But Ray Drew has also seen more snaps at defensive end, usually on second down. We have a Ramik Wilson sighting, actually more than a few. The sophomore linebacker has been notably absent from the lineup much of this season, but he's getting a few snaps today. The guys that Todd Grantham apparently doens't like in the triple option are Mike Gilliard and Branden Smith, who have each seen a severe drop in playing time.

6. One result of the triple-option is that you see some beautiful tackles by defenders which don't count as tackles because their guy doesn't have the ball. Kwame Geathers had an especially nice takedown on what he thought might be an inside draw, but it was for naught.

7. The one thing Georgia really doesn't need today, besides a loss, is injuries. Right tackle John Theus (ankle) and Malcolm Mitchell (unknown) have both been seen with the trainer in the first half, but initial signs are hopeful for the pair of offensive starters. Both were walking around as if they were fine. We'll see for sure in the second half, although it's possible they sit in the second half for precautionary measures.

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