Reason #3 – Georgia’s rush defense is peaking.The Bulldogs had their obvious issues in the early part of the season, mainly on the defensive side. Tennessee put up 478 yards of total offense (197 on the ground), followed by that disaster in Columbia where Carolina had their way with us and hung 392 yards (230 via the run!) and 35 points on the board.
After that came what was supposed to be an easy win in Lexington…. While we managed to win 29-24, the defense looked porous surrendering 329 yards to the 5th best team in the East. 206 of those yards came on the ground right up the gut. Who imagined on Sunday October 21, 2012 that Georgia would manage to pull it together?Then came the Shawn Williams “call out”. Grantham went back to more base defense calls and started John Jenkins at tackle and Kwame Geathers at nose. Ogletree and Rambo got back in the groove and, even though he was slowed by a groin injury, Jarvis Jones played big time football.
It all turned in Jacksonville when UGA held The Devil to 266 total yards and surrendered only 81 rushing.In the two SEC games post Jacksonville, the Dawgs have surrendered 46 yards rushing to Ole Miss, and 57 to Auburn. Granted UGA gave up over 300 yards to each of the “Freak Show” offenses of Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech, but against two SEC teams (one mediocre, one very bad) the defense forced the opponents into a one dimensional offense.
If they do that on Saturday, I like our chances.