Rambo has strong final game at Sanford Stadium

sports@macon.comNovember 24, 2012 

ATHENS -- As a senior, players always want to go out on top. This senior day, one Georgia Bulldogs defender ensured he would do just that.

Georgia free safety Bacarri Rambo won’t forget his final performance at Sanford Stadium for a long time. He had eight combined tackles and the only two turnovers in the Bulldogs’ 42-10 victory over Georgia Tech.

Rambo’s second takeaway was historic. Late in the second quarter, he picked off Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee’s heave down field. The pick marked Rambo’s 16th career interception, tying him with Bulldogs legend Jake Scott for the most career picks in Georgia history.

“I read my key,” Rambo said. “The quarterback out threw his man, and he didn’t really out throw me, I just had to run and go get it.”

The history is not lost on Rambo, something he greatly respects

“It means a lot because that guy is a legend,” he said. “Each level of football, he’s a legend. Just to be tied with him for the career interception record is just such a special privilege just to be mentioned with him.”

A humble Rambo said he had help in achieving this feat, as well.

“It came down to my other 10 players, because if it weren’t for them none of this would have been possible for me,” he said. “I congratulate those guys because if it weren’t for them, none of this would be happening for me.”

Junior linebacker Alec Ogletree added that the defensive unit as a whole was excited for its senior teammate.

“Guys just wanted to play for one another,” Ogletree said. “When he got that pick, it was great; we were happy for him. It is 10 other people out there, and we work together to make plays.”

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was also happy for Rambo and the defensive seniors as a whole. The group has been with Grantham in his three years at Georgia’s defensive helm.

“(The interception) goes to having good eye control in the back,” Grantham said. “The thing about an offense like (Georgia Tech’s) is that, when they do throw the ball, it’s going to go down the field. In the back end, you’ve got to a good job with your eyes. If you do that, you’re going to have a chance to make some plays on the ball.

“(Rambo’s) a guy that can get the ball out when they catch it. You go back to that first series, he had very good eye control and made a play when they tried hit us down the middle.”

Rambo had a day he’ll by no means ever forget. He said it hasn’t sunk in that he’ll never again play collegiately at home.

“It really didn’t seem like my last game here because I keep thinking in my mind that I’m going to end up playing here again,” Rambo said. “It’s very emotional knowing that it’s my last time playing here. I have some great memories here. I’m going to miss this place. I’m going to miss all the fans here, miss the Dog Walk. I’m just going to miss everything about playing college football.”

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