Statistically Speaking

Sep 4, 2013



by Dave McMahon
@dave_mc_stats
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The first game was very disappointing for Dawg fans. The Bulldogs lost the game and one of the key players for the season. The season is far from over though. Luckily for Georgia, the first game was against a non-conference game. They still have many more conference games left for their quest to become champions. There first test for the SEC begins Saturday and it's a big one. Steve Spurrier comes knocking and he is bringing this season's version of the Gamecocks. South Carolina has won three straight in the series, but Georgia would like to put an end to that streak and start a new one of their own. The Bulldogs would like to put up mighty big numbers and show the Bulldog Nation they are for real. Good thing this article is about some mighty big numbers as well.

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 www.georgiadogs.com and for even more statistical insights you can follow me on twitter @dave_mc_stats.

FOOTBALL ---

I don't want to talk too much about the Clemson game, but there were a few positives last Saturday. Todd Gurley started his sophomore season where the freshman season left. Gurley scampered for a career-high 154 rush yards as was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week. It was the 10th time in 15 career games that he reached the century mark. In Herschel Walker's first 15 career games, he had 11 100-yard games. Gurley also had a 75-yard on his first rush attempt of the season. It was his longest run of his career. Here are the longest runs by a carrier by Georgia under Mark Richt.

Brandon Boykin2011 vs Boise State80 yards
Richard Samuel2009 vs Arkansas80 yards
Knowshon Moreno2007 vs Troy80 yards
Todd Gurley2013 vs Clemson75 yards
Keith Marshall2012 vs Tennessee75 yards
Caleb King2009 vs Georgia Tech75 yards


Keith Marshall didn't have the greatest game on the ground, but had a touchdown of his own. It was the 6th time that both Gurley and Marshall had a touchdown run in the same game. Here are those times.

2012 vs Florida Atlantic
2012 vs Vanderbilt
2012 vs Tennessee
2012 vs Auburn
2012 vs Georgia Tech
2013 vs Clemson

In the Vanderbilt and Tennessee game, each running back had multi-touchdown runs.

Another player who has seen better games was senior Aaron Murray. For only the 6th time in his stellar career, Murray did not have a touchdown pass. He did have a touchdown run. It was his 10th in his career. He is the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns among Georgia quarterbacks under Mark Richt. Here is that list.

Aaron Murray10 touchdown rushes
D.J. Shockley7
Matthew Stafford6
David Greene5
Christian LeMay1
Hutson Mason1


Quayvon Hicks had some pretty good moments in the game. The fullback had his share of good run blocks, receptions and rush attempts and even had a touchdown. Georgia hasn't used the fullback in that offensive capacity in a few years. Here is a list of most total yards by a Georgia fullback under Mark Richt in a game (when Verron Haynes terrorized opponents at the end of the 2001 season, he was listed as a tailback.)

Quayvon Hicks2013 vs Clemson38 rush38 rec76 total
Shaun Chapas2008 vs Tennessee10 rush64 rec74 total
Brannan Southerland2006 vs Tennessee17 rush38 rec55 total
Shaun Chapas2009 vs Texas A&M43 rush4 rec47 total
Des Williams2004 vs Arkansas9 rush34 rec43 total


Justin Scott-Wesley had some big plays of his own. He may not get the pub as many of the Bulldog receivers, but he is making some important plays as of late. Here is a breakdown of the speedster's young career.

First 8 games (team's first 13 games)3 rec68 rec yards
Capital One Bowl vs Nebraska3 rec67 rec yards
2013 vs Clemson4 rec55 rec yards


Linebackers Ramik Wilson and Amarlo Herrera were kept very busy against the Tigers Offense. Both players had career-high in tackles. Wilson, who only had 10 tackles in his first two seasons ended up with 13 and Herrera had his 3rd career game with at least 10 ended up with 12.

Let's move forward to the South Carolina game although last season's game is another thing Dawg fans want to forget as well. So let's not talk directly about it. Mark Richt and the Bulldogs will try to end the 3-game losing streak to the Gamecocks and there are plenty of positives that they can look at. Here is a list of each Georgia head coach's record at Sanford Stadium home openers.

Harry Mehre8-1
Joel Hunt1-0
Wally Butts18-4
Johnny Griffith0-3
Vince Dooley21-3-1
Ray Goff5-2
Jim Donnan4-1
Mark Richt11-1


Although South Carolina has been Richt's first conference game each season, he has faced the Gamecocks at different points of the season. Here is a breakdown in each of the 12 times he has faced South Carolina.

First gamenever
Second game5-4
Third game2-0
Fourth gamenever
Fifth gamenever
Sixth game0-1


When the South Carolina football team played their first ever SEC game in 1992, their first ever opponent was the Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs won that game and have won 13 of the 21 games they have played as conference foes. But there is something odd when Georgia plays South Carolina. In odd years, it seems like Georgia's offense shines a letter brighter when facing the Gamecocks... odd? Take a look at the numbers.

Odd years10 games270 points27.0 points/game
Even years11 games171 points15.5 points/game


SOCCER ---

After an opening season loss to Texas, Steve Holeman and his soccer team have been on fire. The girls have won three straight and all of them have been shutouts. Houston, Mercer and Furman have all posted zeros against the Dawgs thanks to brilliant play by goalkeeper Caitlin Woody. Woody only played in two games for Georgia prior to this season and this season it is her turn to shine. Posting three straight shutouts is not new for the Bulldogs. Here are the times they have accomplished that in the team's history.

19973 straight
19983 straight
1999 8 straight
2005 3 straight
20063 straight
20073 straight
20093 straight
20104 straight


The Dawgs face Jacksonville at home this Friday before going on the road this Sunday when they challenge UNC Greensboro.

VOLLEYBALL ---

The Georgia Volleyball team is off to a great start. Currently Lizzy Stemke's team is 3-0 and one of those matches has come against Furman. The Bulldogs have been perfect against the Paladins winning each of the 11 matches. Here are the teams that Georgia has played the most that the Bulldogs are still perfect against.

UAB14-0 record
Furman11-0 record
Georgia Southern11-0 record
Western Carolina8-0 record
UNC Charlotte6-0 record
USC Upstate6-0 record


Georgia travels to Lincoln next to play in the Nebraska Tournament against Southern Miss and Nebraska and then they have a mid-week tilt against Georgia Southern in Statesboro.

Bulldogs in MLB ---

Pitcher Justin Grimm pitched for the Bulldogs from 2008 to 2010 and this week he was called back up to the majors. Earlier this season he played with the Rangers and posted 7 wins and now after a trade he pitches for the Cubs. He may not join this list this season, but maybe one season he will. Here are the most wins in a major league season by a former Georgia Bulldog.

Spud Chandler194320 wins
Spud Chandler194620 wins
Dave Fleming199217 wins
Spud Chandler194216 wins
Ken Holloway192414 wins
Spud Chandler193814 wins


Bulldogs in the Minors ---

We go from wins to saves. Jeff Walters pitched for Georgia in 2009 and 2010 and in that time he recorded one save. Entering this season, the right-hander pitched three seasons of minor league ball for the New York Mets and racked up 4 saves. This season he has pitched for Binghamton, the Double-A team in the Eastern League and has a league leading 38 saves. The next closest pitcher has 26. Maybe one day he will be called up to "The Show" and can join this list. Here are former Bulldogs that have recorded saves in the major leagues. Currently Josh Fields and Mitchell Boggs are active in the majors, so this list may change.

Ken Holloway18 saves
Derek Lilliquist17 saves
Cris Carpenter7 saves
Mitchell Boggs6 saves
Spud Chandler6 saves
Jim Umbricht3 saves
Josh Fields2 saves


Bulldogs in the PGA ---

The 2013 season is almost over. Many of the former Dawgs have had incredible seasons. One of those players is Chris Kirk. The former SEC Golfer of the Year leads the PGA Tour in most eagles in 2013. Kirk has played 85 rounds this year and has shot 15 eagles. Here are the top 4 and some others in most eagles this year on the PGA Tour.

Chris Kirk15 eagles
Jordan Spieth13 eagles
Dustin Johnson12 eagles
Jason Kokrak12 eagles
Tiger Woods8 eagles
Russell Henley7 eagles
Harris English7 eagles
Brian Harman7 eagles
Bubba Watson7 eagles
Erik Compton6 eagles
Phil Mickelson6 eagles
Rory McIlroy5 eagles
Dave McMahon 0 eagles


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