Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan University of Georgia celebrates with head coach Mark Richt after being presented with the Governor's Cup trophy by Governor Nathan Deal (not pictured) after defeating Georgia Tech 42-10 during college football action at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Saturday.
ATHENS -- With his interception and fumble recovery in Georgia's 42-10 rout of archrival Georgia Tech on Saturday at Sanford Stadium, Bacarri Rambo cemented his status as one of the Bulldogs' all-time turnover artists.
In addition to being his fourth and fifth takeaways this season, his interception of Tech's Vad Lee in the second quarter was the 16th of the redshirt senior from Donalsonville's career, tying Jake Scott for the school record.
"I feel like I have a knack for the ball," said Rambo, who has a combined 19 interceptions and fumble recoveries for his career. "I understand how quarterbacks think because I played quarterback in high school (at Seminole County). ... I just try to help the defense out.
"If it weren't for the other guys around me ... doing their job and making my job easier, none of this would be possible. I just tip my hat to those guys because they make me a better ballplayer."
More for the books
There were two more new entries to Georgia's record book Saturday.
Team-wise, the Bulldogs set a new single-season school mark for most points in a season with 456, breaking the record of 450 set over 14 games in 2002.
Defensively, junior linebacker Alec Ogletree posted a career-high 15 tackles, which was also a team-best mark this season.
"When I see the ball, I just run my hardest to get to the ball and make the tackle," Ogletree said. "God just gave me the ability to get to the ball."
Two other Bulldog defenders -- GAC grad Christian Robinson (13) and nose guard John Jenkins (11) -- also set career highs for tackles.
Tanner gets his kicks
Through five seasons with Tech's program, Norcross grad Chris Tanner has gotten few opportunities to see action.
But trouble in the Yellow Jackets' kicking game created a chance for the redshirt senior, which he has seized since being thrown into the starting placekicker's role two weeks ago in Tech's win at North Carolina.
While Tech piled up 238 yards of total offense in the first half, it was Tanner who supplied the Jackets with their only points late in the final seconds of the first quarter, when a Tech drive stalled at the Georgia 21-yard line.
And despite a delay when Bulldogs coach Mark Richt challenged a ruling on the previous play, the redshirt senior was true on the ensuing 38-yard field goal to set a career long and get the Jackets on the board.
Tanner missed his next attempt from 36 yards just before halftime, but connected on an extra point attempt late in the game, and now is 3-for-4 on field goals and 29-for-29 on extra points for his career.
Former Bulldogs All-American offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb served as the Bulldogs' honorary captain Saturday, accompanying the team's current captains to midfield for the pregame coin flip.
The Lilburn native and Parkview grad made 46 starts in his career at Georgia, including serving as offensive captain on the Bulldogs' 2002 SEC and Sugar Bowl championship team, before heading on to a professional career with the New Orleans Saints.
Plenty of seats available
Much was made about the approximately 1,900 tickets Georgia Tech's athletic association returned to Georgia's weeks prior to Saturday's game on Internet message boards of the two schools.
However, those weren't the only empty seats among the announced crowd of 92,746 at Sanford Stadium.
There also were plenty of empties scattered throughout Georgia's sections, particularly in the upper Northeast corner of the stadium.