UGA's Robinson refocuses on Gamecocks

Photo: Craig Cappy University of Georgia's Christian Robinson (45) tackles Boise State running back Doug Martin (22) during Saturday's game at the Georgia Dome.

Photo: Craig Cappy University of Georgia's Christian Robinson (45) tackles Boise State running back Doug Martin (22) during Saturday's game at the Georgia Dome.


Georgia's Christian Robinson #45 gives direction to down linemen during the game against Boise State.

ATLANTA -- Bone weary, Christian Robinson was one of the last players to emerge from the locker room at the Georgia Dome after Saturday night turned to early Sunday morning.

The Georgia linebacker from Greater Atlanta Christian's disappointment was obvious. The Bulldogs had hoped to use a victory over No. 5-ranked Boise State to signal a bounce back from last year's disappointing season.

Instead, Georgia lost 35-21 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Bulldogs defense unable to slow down Heisman Trophy candidate Kellen Moore and Boise State in the second half.

Next up is No. 12 South Carolina in Athens on Saturday. The Bulldogs have to look ahead, not back. Robinson is determined to do just that.

"I have a picture in my room and that has Kellen on it and some other things with my team goals for this season," said Robinson, who was in on a career-best 13 tackles against the Broncos. "The only thing that we can't achieve is beat Boise. All those other things are still possible.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't do this. It was a big deal for me. I was really excited. I'd never played in the Dome. But everything else is still out there for us and we're going to do everything we can to achieve those things and get back here for the SEC Championship."

South Carolina is the defending SEC East winner and the favorite again this year. Beating the Gamecocks carries extra meaning for Robinson. His father, Ken, played at South Carolina before going on to the NFL.

"Growing up, I went to more South Carolina game than any other team," the 21-year-old Georgia junior said. "It's going to be a big game. I'm excited. It's always a family thing. I'm going to do everything I can to help my team prepare for the game and win the game."

South Carolina beat Georgia 17-6 last year, when the Bulldogs suffered their first losing season since 1996.

Robinson was just working his way into regular duty then. Now he is one of the Bulldogs' leaders on defense, especially with fellow inside linebacker Alec Ogletree sidelined with a broken foot.

Minus Ogletree, the Bulldogs couldn't contain Moore and the Broncos. Not once was the quarterback sacked.

"I thought we'd get to him a little bit better," Robinson said. "They moved him out of the pocket were we were originally rushing and it gave him a little more time. We made adjustments, but they made more." Robinson had four solo tackles, including one for a loss, among his team-leading 13 stops against Boise State. Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was in on 11 tackles, but the Bulldogs couldn't get stops when they needed them the most.

"They were better than we were," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I understand that and the players understand that. We've got a lot of work to do."

After all, it is SEC games that count the most.

"Everyone is 0-0 in league play," Richt said. "The goal is to win the Eastern Division. That's not changing."