Georgia's senior class leaves on top

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ATHENS, Ga. — Senior linebacker Christian Robinson sat proudly in the Georgia locker room after the Bulldogs finished off their 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech Saturday.

The Governer’s Cup sat at Robinson’s feet. For the fourth consecutive year, the trophy will find its way to the display box in the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall along with the rest of Georgia’s awards.

For Robinson, who redshirted in 2008 when Georgia last lost to the Yellow Jackets, the four-year sweep of the Bulldogs’ rival was a fitting end to his final regular-season game.

“It was huge,” said Robinson, who started Saturday for the second consecutive week and racked up a career-high 13 tackles. “I was on the team as a freshman, and I know what it’s like not to have (the Governor’s Cup) and to send a class out without the trophy. ... I’m glad over the past four years we’ve been able to change that.”

Since losing 45-42 to the Yellow Jackets in 2008, the Bulldogs defeated their in-state rival 30-24 in 2009, 42-34 in 2010 and 31-17 in 2011. Georgia’s 42-10 win Saturday makes the 2012 Bulldogs the ninth team in school history to win 11 games.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt was complimentary of the his senior class, which was a part of Richt’s only losing season in 2010 but now sits just one win away from a spot in the BCS national championship game.

“I’m happy for them,” said Richt, who improved to 11-1 against Georgia Tech in his career. “The seniors this year really did want to take it in their hands.”

The four-year sweep of Georgia Tech – and the 32-point margin of victory in Saturday’s game – added an exclamation point to Georgia’s senior day.

“It’s great,” said senior cornerback Sanders Commings, a former Westside High standout. “I really don’t like (Georgia Tech). It feels great to never lose to those guys. This year is the largest margin of victory we’ve had over Tech since I’ve been here. For it to be on my senior day, it feels great.”

HIGH MARKS: Georgia’s offense continues to rewrite the school’s record books.

A week after breaking the school records for touchdowns in a season, the Bulldogs broke the school record for points in a single season.

Georgia has now scored 456 points this season, besting the 2002 Georgia squad that posted 450 points in 14 games.

“I think they’ve done a very good job this year,” Richt said of his offense. “To break the school record, it’s a big deal. To do that with two games left ahead of us, it’s very good.”

Georgia broke the school record of 54 touchdowns last week, and seven Georgia touchdowns Saturday brought the season total to 63 touchdowns this season.

Georgia’s longest scoring drive Saturday took 2:42 off the clock, and five of Georgia’s touchdowns against Georgia Tech came on drives of seven plays or fewer.

GETTING CLOSER: Georgia tailback Todd Gurley is on the brink of history after a two-touchdown performance in the Bulldogs’ win over Georgia Tech Saturday.

Gurley now has 14 rushing touchdowns in his freshman season, just one shy of Herschel Walker’s school record for rushing scores by a freshman.

“Hopefully I can get that record,” Gurley said. “If I do, that means the offense is playing pretty good.”

A season ago, Georgia had 15 rushing touchdowns using nine different tailbacks.

Gurley finished with 97 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns against the Yellow Jackets.

“The offensive line was playing great, and I was just running behind them,” Gurley said. “We were just going from the beginning.”

Walker ended his true freshman season with 1,616 yards on 274 carries and 15 touchdowns in 12 games. After 12 games, Gurley now has 1,138 yards on 176 carries and 14 scores.

Freshman Keith Marshall, Gurley’s counterpart in the backfield, passed Washaun Ealey and former Lincoln County star Garrison Hearst to move to eighth in Georgia history for rushing yards by a freshman. Marshall now has 720 yards on 107 carries and eight touchdowns.

QUICK HITS: Senior nose guard John Jenkins posted 11 tackles, a career high. Jenkins left Saturday’s game with an apparent ankle injury, but after the game, the senior said he would be fine. Sophomore Ray Drew had a career-high eight tackles, with five of those tackles coming in one Georgia Tech possession in the third quarter. … Georgia needed just four plays to go 44-yards for a touchdown on its opening possession against the Yellow Jackets Saturday. The drive took only 63 seconds. It was the earliest the Bulldogs had been on the board in a game since Darryl Gamble returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown 20 seconds into a game against LSU on Oct. 25, 2008. The Bulldogs went on to defeat the Tigers 52-38. … Junior wide receiver Rhett McGowan caught an 11-yard pass from Murray for his first touchdown catch of the season, giving the Bulldogs a 28-3 lead. Redshirt freshman tight end Jay Rome notched his first career touchdown catch, a career-long 24-yarder, to give the Bulldogs a 35-3 lead in the second half. … Junior right guard Chris Burnette returned to the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury.


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