Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon
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09/07/2012

A win is a win. It may not as looked as pretty as much as the Bulldog Nation wanted, but the Dawgs won. A lot of the Bulldogs accomplished many impressive things on the field and in the world of statistics. Other Bulldog teams had some equally big moments.

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 now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

The Georgia football team is headed to Columbia for their first SEC game. That is not new. For the last twenty seasons they have been doing that every other season. What is new is that they are not going to Columbia, South Carolina, but Columbia, Missouri. They are playing the Missouri Tigers in the Mizzou's first conference game as a member of the SEC. Back in 1992, Georgia faced South Carolina in the Gamecocks' first SEC game as well. The Bulldogs prevailed 28-6 in that game. Ever since that season, Georgia has faced South Carolina to start every SEC season. Here is a list of all the SEC teams and how many times Georgia led their conference season against that team. Some teams are no longer in the SEC and some teams Georgia has never faced to start the conference slate.

South Carolina20Tennessee5
Alabama14Vanderbilt5
Mississippi State11LSU5
Ole Miss8Tulane3
Kentucky7Florida1

...and now after this season Missouri will have one. Auburn, Arkansas, Sewanee and Texas A&M have never been Georgia's first conference opponent.

Georgia has played Missouri once before. It was in the 1960 Orange Bowl and the Dawgs defeated the Tigers 14 to 0. Fran Tarkenton was 9-for-16 on the day throwing two touchdowns, one to Bill McKenny and one to Aaron Box. It was the last bowl game with Wally Butts as head coach. It was also 1 of 3 shutouts that Georgia ever posted in a bowl game.

From Fran Tarkenton, we go to Aaron Murray. Murray didn't have the greatest start last week, but ended up with some pretty good numbers. He had three touchdown strikes which gave him 62 in his career, 5 behind Eric Zeier for 2nd place on the all-time Georgia list. Three touchdown passes is nothing new for Murray. It's the 7th time in his career that he has thrown for at least 3 TD passes and had 0 interceptions in a game. Here's the breakdown...

2010 vs Idaho State
2010 at Auburn
2010 vs Georgia Tech
2011 vs Coastal Carolina
2011 vs New Mexico State
2011 vs Auburn
2012 vs Buffalo

One of his main targets was wide receiver Tavarres King. The senior led the Bulldogs with 6 receptions for 117 yards and a score. It was the 4th time he has reached 100 yards or more receiving in a game. Here is a list of the top-5 Bulldogs in terms of 100-yard receiving games under Mark Richt. (remember, this is just a list under Richt not overall-some players had some previously)

Fred Gibson11 games
A.J. Green7
Terrence Edwards6
Mohamed Massaquoi5
Tavarres King4

One of the breakout stars of the game was true freshman running back Todd Gurley. Gurley excited the Bulldog nation by rushing for 100 yards and two touchdowns and returning a kickoff 100 yards for another score. Something like that doesn't happen that often, especially in a player's first collegiate game. Here is a list of the SEC players that have rushed for 100 yards and had at least 1 touchdown rush, and 1 kickoff return for a touchdown in the same game since 1996. Gurley is the only freshman on this list.

John Avery (Ole Miss)1997 vs Alabama
Kevin Faulk (LSU)1998 vs Notre Dame
Shaun Alexander (Alabama)1999 vs Louisiana Tech
Deuce McAllister (Ole Miss)1999 vs Arkansas
Felix Jones (Arkansas)2007 vs Troy
Todd Gurley (Georgia)2012 vs Buffalo

Gurley was the 5th different player to return a kickoff return for a touchdown under Mark Richt. Of course Brandon Boykin did it several times including three that went for 100 yards, but here is the list of those kickoff returning Bulldogs.

Brandon Boykin4 touchdowns
Thomas Brown1
Damien Gary1
Fred Gibson1
Todd Gurley1

Those eight touchdowns are the 2nd most by a SEC team in kickoff return touchdowns since 2001. Here are the top 5 SEC schools in that category.

Arkansas10
Georgia8
Auburn7
Kentucky7
Ole Miss5
Florida5

On defense, Jarvis Jones proved why he is on many postseason award lists. He tied for the team lead with Damian Swann with 8 tackles against Buffalo and also recorded 1 ½ sacks. With those sacks, Jones moves into a tie for 10th place on Georgia's all-time sack list. Not bad for a player that has played just 15 games for the Dawgs. In honor of David Letterman, here is your top-10 list.

David Pollack36 career sacksJustin Houston20
Richard Tardits29Josh Mallard18
Jimmy Payne28Greg Waters16
Mitch Davis27 ½Charles Grant15
Freddie Gilbert26Jarvis Jones15
Quentin Moses25

Volleyball ---

The Georgia Volleyball team heads into the weekend with a 5-1 record. Last weekend a few Bulldogs took charge as sophomore Tirah Le'au and sophomore Kaylee Kehoe were named to the FSU Invitational All-Tournament team. Le'au has been near the top in kills in every match for Lizzy Stemke's bunch all year. She is currently the only Bulldog to have double-digit kills vs two different opponents this year (Georgia Southern and Florida State). Last year she did it five times with a career-high 20 against Samford.

Soccer ---

This past week Georgia suffered a tough loss to #9 ranked Central Florida 1-0 in overtime. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Baker saved a career-high 13 shots against the Knights. The 13 saves were two away from the Georgia record. Here's the top-5 most saves by a Bulldog net minder in a game.

Nicole Williams1999 vs Washington15 saves
Mindy Hyde1996 vs South Carolina14
Nicole Williams1997 vs Florida13
Nicole Williams2000 vs Florida13
Ashley Baker2012 vs Central Florida13

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

Week one of the NFL is this week, and one of the players that was near the top of a lot of people's fantasy lists this year was Matthew Stafford. The former Bulldog had 5,038 passing yards last year. Only five times in the history of the NFL has a quarterback reached that mark. While his pro career is still young, I decided to look at a list of the top Bulldogs with the most career passing yards in the NFL.

Fran Tarkenton47,003 passing yards
Zeke Bratkowski10,345
Matthew Stafford7,840
Quincy Carter6,337
Eric Zeier3,520

... if you are curious, Hines Ward is 21st on the list with 17 and Herschel Walker is 22nd with 12 yards.

... also Stafford has that many yards after 3 NFL seasons. In 3 seasons with Georgia, he had 7,944 passing yards- pretty similar.

Bulldogs on the PGA Tour ---

Chris Kirk is handling himself nicely on the PGA Tour in his young career. After his paycheck last week he finds his yearly earnings at $999,303. He is entered this week at the BMW Championship, so let's hope he gets at least $697. Last year he had 4 top-10 finishes and 6 top-25s and to be consistent this year he has 4 top-10 finishes and 6 top-25s. He also leads the PGA in percentage of birdies on par 4 holes, which is an odd stat (but isn't what this article is about?) In case you were wondering Rory McIlroy is 10th on the list, Bubba Watson is 22nd and Tiger Woods is 63rd.

Bulldogs in the Major Leagues ---

Jeff Keppinger is a hitting machine this year. His batting average after Wednesday's game is .328 and it doesn't matter the circumstance, he delivers. He hit .310 before the all-star break and has hit .341 after. At home, he is at .336 and on the road he is at .321. In day games .336 and under the lights he hits .323. On grass fields he has a .318 average and on the fake stuff he reaches the .338 mark. Now if he can only hit southpaws all the time. His average against left-handed pitchers this season is .411. Players that have had at least 100 plate appearances against lefties, he stands in 2nd place. Here is that top-5 list. A few names should be familiar.

Andrew McCutchen.422 average vs LHP
Jeff Keppinger.411
Buster Posey.397
Melky Cabrera.395
Matt Kemp.390

Bulldogs in the Minor Leagues ---

I have heard a lot lately how Roger Clemens is pitching again (no, he is not a former Bulldog.) The former 7-time Cy Young winner plays for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. Looking at the roster I saw former Bulldog Will Startup is on that team as well. As of Wednesday he has a 3 and 2 record with a 3.16 ERA (in the first half of the season his ERA was about 1.50.) Being a winning pitcher is nothing new for Startup. Here is a look at his minor league career by level and hopefully this success will lead into a major league career one day.

Rookie League0-0 record
Low Single-A1-0
Single-A6-2
High Single-A5-0
Double-A3-0
Triple-A8-4
Independent League3-2

He was also a winner in another area. Back in 2008, Startup won the Milb.com's Moniker Madness contest for the best name picked by the readers. This year's winner was Rock Shoulders and previous winners include: Seth Schwindenhammer, Houston Summers, Dusty Napoleon and Rowdy Hardy.

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