Georgia Tech vs. Georgia: Postgame Grades from the Bulldogs' Win vs. Jackets

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IINovember 24, 2012

Georgia Tech vs. Georgia: Postgame Grades from the Bulldogs' Win vs. Jackets

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    The Georgia Bulldogs control their own destiny.

    With a win in the SEC championship game, the Bulldogs will likely find themselves in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

    Now that they've taken care of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Georgia can turn its focus to the SEC championship game.

    Georgia had no problem disposing of Georgia Tech, winning 42-10.

    The Bulldog defense stepped up all game, keeping Georgia Tech out of the end zone until the fourth quarter when the backups were in.

    Here's a look at the full postgame grades.


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    Overall Game Grade: A

    Aaron Murray had a great game under center for the Bulldogs. He completed 14 of his 17 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

    Murray's best quarter came in the first when he completed five of six passes for 106 yards. His biggest pass came at the end of the quarter when he connected with Malcolm Mitchell for 57 yards. Two plays later (in the second quarter), Georgia scored its third touchdown of the game and it was rolling.

    Rhett McGowan and Jay Rome each caught a touchdown passes from Murray to increase his season total to 30 touchdown passes.

    Georgia Tech couldn't compete with Murray when he passed the ball. He simply found the holes in the defense and made the necessary completions.

Running Backs

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    Overall Game Grade: A+

    The fourth quarter was the only aberration for the Bulldogs' run game as the backups were in with a big lead.

    Prior to that Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 163 yards on 19 rushes. Gurley also caught two passes for 20 yards out of the backfield.

    Both running backs scored two touchdowns, with both of Gurley's coming in the first quarter from the 1- and 3-yard lines. Marshall, however, had to do a little more work on his touchdown runs, scoring from 15 and 17 yards.

    The "Gurshall" duo is showing they are one of the best running-back duos in the nation and are looking ready for next week's SEC championship game.

Wide Receivers

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    Overall Game Grade: A

    The Georgia wide receivers played about as good of a game as you could want. While Malcolm Mitchell had the highest receiving total with three catches for 88 yards, the UGA receivers made the plays when they had to.

    Tavarres King was quiet with only one reception for 19 yards, but UGA didn't need him to do much with the ease they had running the ball. Rhett McGowan had one of the two touchdown receptions and is getting more playing time with the injuries to Michael Bennett and Marlon Brown.

    When Georgia was running the ball, it was easy to the receivers doing their job on the corners to help spring the backs.

    Next week will be interesting to see how the receivers perform against possibly the best defense they will have played all year.

Tight Ends

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    Overall Game Grade: A-

    Early in the year, Georgia failed to get its tight ends involved in the passing game.

    With injuries to two key receivers, Jay Rome and Arthur Lynch have had to become a bigger part of the offense. And, they've stepped up to the challenge.

    Lynch had three catches for 36 yards, while Rome had just the 24-yard touchdown reception, but both played an even larger role.

    When each was in the game, they blocked well when they stayed in and forced Georgia Tech to account for them. That opened up the lanes for other receivers.

Offensive Line

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    Overall Game Grade: A-

    The Georgia offensive line allowed one sack in the game and kept the Georgia Tech defense off Murray.

    The blocking was pretty good as Georgia Tech was only able to get deep enough penetration on 11 plays the entire game.

    While the Georgia Tech running game gained more than Georgia, the Bulldog offensive line still allowed for 164 yards on the ground. The offensive line also helped in allowing 18 plays go for 10 yards or more.

    Some might be disappointed since the rushing total was lower the Georgia's 192.5 average for the year, but the fact was there was success and the offensive line played a large part in that.

Defensive Line

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    Overall Game Grade: C+

    The defensive line enabled the Georgia Tech running game to rush for 306 yards. Most of those came on dive plays up the middle, which is the responsibility of the defensive line.

    While it's true that Georgia Tech employs the cut block, the defensive line didn't do a good enough job in stopping the run.

    John Jenkins led the line in tackles with 11, while Ray Drew had seven.

    Overall, it wasn't a bad game considering the Bulldogs were playing against an option team.

    Still, they have to do better in next week's SEC championship game if the Bulldogs are going to come out with a win.


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    Overall Game Grade: B+

    Playing a team that employs the option means the linebackers are going to get a lot of work in a game.

    For Alex Ogletree, Jarvis Jones, Christian Robinsion and others, that was exactly the case against Georgia Tech.

    The trio were in the top four in the game in tackles with Ogletree leading the way with 15. Robinson added 13 and Jones had nine. The trio also combined for 4.5 tackles for loss.

    There may be disappointment in the Jackets getting to the second level on rushing plays, but each time the linebackers made plays.

    The best part of the linebackers was their intensity, having no problem tossing the smaller Tech players around like rag dolls throughout. It was surprising to not see any of the Georgia Tech players get carted off with the hits they were taking.


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    Overall Game Grade: A-

    Bacarri Rambo was the star of the game, especially early on.

    With Georgia Tech driving on its first drive, Rambo forced a fumble and returned it to midfield to set up the Bulldog offense.

    As if that wasn't enough, Rambo also intercepted an errant Georgia Tech pass for another turnover.

    Countless time, the Georgia secondary came up with big plays to prevent Georgia Tech from getting past them. The secondary also stopped Tech on four of seven fourth-down plays as it tried to catch the Georgia defense off guard.

    Rambo finished the game with eight tackles, while Shawn Williams had five.

Special Teams

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    Overall Game Grade: A

    Marshall Morgan converted all six of his extra-point attempts, while Collin Barber averaged 41 yards on his four punt attempts.

    No punts were returned, while six of the seven kickoffs were touchbacks.

    Malcolm Mitchell also had 47-yard kickoff return to open the game, setting up Georgia for its first score.

    The special teams made no mistakes and did their job throughout the game.


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    Overall Game Grade: B

    All coaches should be proud of the effort the Bulldogs put in.

    On offense, Mike Bobo put Aaron Murray into situations where he could be successful, having a nice mix of runs and passes.

    The defense only allowed 10 points, but there were some holes in the rush defense.

    Georgia Tech was able to have success on the dive play, as the middle of the defense was susceptible to four and five-yard runs up the middle.

    Still, the defense only allowed 10 points and the Bulldogs got the win.

    In the end, that's all that matters.