Statistically Speaking - Super Bowl Edition

Feb. 1, 2013

by Dave McMahon

Super Bowl Sunday! Many fans of the Georgia Bulldogs are also fans of the Atlanta Falcons, so many of you are pretty bummed right now. Despite the Falcons loss, the Ravens and the 49ers matchup looks real good. Both teams have star players and a brand of football that thrills most viewers. But I am not here to talk much about either one of the Harbaugh teams; I am here to talk about the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl as it relates to the Georgia Bulldogs.

So for all you passionate fans, here are some more notes, nuggets and tidbits of information all things Georgia Bulldogs, statistically speaking of course. For the most complete information on a specific upcoming game please check out the individual sport and game you are looking for on and for even more statistical insights you can follow me on twitter @dave_mc_stats.

And now for the extra stuff...

(I apologize if you do not understand roman numerals since I will be using them, but after all, when in Rome...)

As most of you know already Georgia is the only school that has "three different" Super Bowl Most Valuable Players. Some schools have three MVPs, but the rest have at least one duplicate. Here are the schools with three MVPs.

Georgia - Jake Scott (Super Bowl VII)
Terrell Davis (Super Bowl XXXII)
Hines Ward (Super Bowl XL)

Alabama - Bart Starr (Super Bowls I and II)
Joe Namath (Super Bowl III)

Michigan - Tom Brady (Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII)
Desmond Howard (Super Bowl XXXI)

Notre Dame - Joe Montana (Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIV)

Let's start with some stats first just for Bulldog players in Super Bowls...

Most Games ---

Richard Seymour4 Super Bowls
Clarence Kay3
Guy McIntyre3
Jake Scott3
Bill Stanfill3
Fran Tarkenton3
Hines Ward3



Most Wins ---

Guy McIntyre3 Super Bowl Wins
Patrick Pass3
Richard Seymour3
Zeke Bratkowski2
Terrell Davis2
Jake Scott2
Bill Stanfill2
Bobby Walden2
Hines Ward2
Danny Ware2

Passing Stats ---

Most career pass attempts
Fran Tarkenton89 pass attempts
Zeke Bratkowski1
Most career completions
Fran Tarkenton46 completions
Most career pass yards
Fran Tarkenton489 pass yards
Most pass yards in a game
Fran Tarkenton205 pass yards
Fran Tarkenton182
Fran Tarkenton102
Most career TD passes
Fran Tarkenton1 (8-yard pass to Sammy White in Super Bowl XI)

*** Fran Tarkenton became the 2nd Super Bowl after Bob Griese to start three Super Bowls.

Rushing Stats ---

Most career rushes
Terrell Davis55 rushes
Fran Tarkenton5
Mack Strong2
Verron Haynes1
Patrick Pass1
Hines Ward1
Danny Ware1
Most career rush yards
Terrell Davis259 rush yards
Hines Ward18
Fran Tarkenton17
Mack Strong7
Danny Ware6
Verron Haynes2
Patrick Pass0
Most rush yards in one game (top-3)
Terrell Davis157 rush yards
Terrell Davis102
Hines Ward18
Longest rush
Terrell Davis27 yards
Most career TD rushes
Terrell Davis3 (all in one game)
Fran Tarkenton1

Receiving Stats ---

Most career receptions
Hines Ward14
Andre Hastings10
Terrell Davis4
Jermaine Wiggins4
Clarence Kay3
Jimmy Orr3
Mack Strong2
Danny Ware1
Most receptions in one game (top 4)
Andre Hastings10
Hines Ward7
Hines Ward5
Jimmy Orr3
Longest reception
Hines Ward43 yards
Most career TD receptions
Hines Ward2 (one each in two separate games)
Most career receiving yards
Hines Ward244 receiving yards
Andre Hastings98
Terrell Davis58
Clarence Kay44
Jimmy Orr42
Jermaine Wiggins35
Mack Strong15
Danny Ware8
Most receiving yards in one game (top 5)
Hines Ward123 receiving yards
Andre Hastings98
Hines Ward78
Terrell Davis50
Hines Ward43

Defense Stats ---

Most Career Interceptions

Jake Scott2 (both in same game)

Special Teams Stats ---

Most Field Goals Made
Kevin Butler3
John Kasay1
Longest Field Goal
John Kasay50 yards
Kevin Butler28
Kevin Butler24
Kevin Butler24
Most Career Punts (stats for punts were not kept for all seasons)
Bobby Walden11 punts
Bucky Dilts4
Most Career Kickoff Return yards
Patrick Pass102 return yards
Jake Scott47
Hason Graham18
Most Career Punt Return yards
Jake Scott45 return yards
Andre Hastings18

Individual Rank among all Super Bowl players

Most career rush yards
Franco Harris354 career rush yards
Larry Csonka297
Emmitt Smith289
*Terrell Davis259
John Riggins230
Most rush yards in one game
Timmy Smith204 rush yards
Marcus Allen191
John Riggins166
Franco Harris158
*Terrell Davis157 (Super Bowl XXXII)
Most receptions in one game
Deion Branch11 receptions
Jerry Rice11
Dan Ross11
Wes Welker11
*Andre Hastings10 (Super Bowl XXX)
(5 more with 10)
Most career receiving yards
Jerry Rice589 receiving yards
Lynn Swann364
Andre Reed323
Deion Branch321
John Stallworth268
Michael Irvin256
*Hines Ward244
Most total TD in one game
*Terrell Davis3 - 3 TD rushes (Super Bowl XXXII)
Roger Craig3 - 1 rush, 2 rec
Jerry Rice3 - 3 TD receptions
Jerry Rice3 - 3 TD receptions (yes he did it twice)
Ricky Watters3 - 1 rush, 2 rec
Most Interceptions in one game
Rod Martin3 interceptions
*Jake Scott2 (Super Bowl VII)
(10 more with 2)
Most Field Goals in one game
Don Chandler4 field goals
Ray Wersching4
*Kevin Butler3 (Super Bowl XX)
(8 more with 3)
Longest Field Goal
Steve Christie54 yards
Jason Elam51
*John Kasay50 (Super Bowl XXXVIII)
Jeff Wilkins50
Longest Punt (stats for punts were not kept for all seasons)
Lee Johnson63 yards
Rich Camarillo62
Jerrel Wilson61
Chris Gardocki60
*Bobby Walden59 (Super Bowl X)
Sean Landeta59
Ken Clark59

Georgia also had a former player that was a head coach in the Super Bowl. Former quarterback John Rauch who led the Bulldogs in the mid-to-late 1940s was also the head coach of Super Bowl II for the Oakland Raiders. They lost that game to Vince Lombardi's Packers (which was also Lombardi's last game as Packers' head coach). Rauch is the all-time leader in win pct by a Raiders' head coach (.798). He was also the head coach after Al Davis and before John Madden (not bad company).

Here are former Georgia players that you cheer on in this year's Super Bowl.

Dannell Ellerbe played linebacker from 2005 to 2008. After college, Ellerbe signed as a free agent to Baltimore on May 8, 2009. Since then he has wreaked havoc on opposing players. Over the last 4 seasons, he has played 56 games including starting seven of the last ten regular season games. He has 182 career tackles and 5 ½ sacks. In the last playoff game against the New England Patriots, Ellerbe had a big interception thrown by Tom Brady to help seal the victory. But, what he does best in the NFL is tackles and here are his best games in his young career according to tackles.

October 21, 2012 at Texans - 12 tackles
November 18, 2012 at Steelers - 12
November 11, 2012 vs Raiders - 11

In the playoffs, Ellerbe is 2nd on the team in solo tackles with 19, he trails only Ray Lewis.

DeAngelo Tyson plays defensive end for the Ravens. He played for the Dawgs from 2008 to 2011. He was a 7th round pick (236th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft. This season he has played in 10 games, including 2 starts and made 11 tackles and has made another tackle in the postseason as well.

Demarcus Dobbs is currently on the injured reserve for the San Francisco 49ers. He is listed as a defensive tackle for the Niners as well as tight end. He played for Georgia from 2007 to 2010. For San Francisco he has played in 24 games and has made 7 career tackles.

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