Sept. 11, 2013
by Dave McMahon
What a difference one week makes. After the Clemson game, the Bulldogs and its fans were big-time depressed. One week later, all is well. No offense to Clemson, but the South Carolina game was so more important. One, it was a conference game. Two, it was home and it is always good to win in front of your own fans. Three, it was against a team where the Dawgs have struggled against the last few seasons. Four, being a Georgia fan, something about beating Steve Spurrier makes you feel real good. I think I can go on and on.
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.
Like I mentioned above, the Bulldog Nation is on cloud nine and that includes quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray may be on cloud ninety-nine (more on that later.) Murray has struggled throughout his career against South Carolina and has never defeated the Gamecocks. This season it was a little different especially from what he did last season. Here is a comparison of the two games.
For his effort, Murray was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
As mentioned above, Murray had four touchdown passes. He has 99 for his career which is still 2nd all-time in the SEC. Also mentioned above, he had zero interceptions. Six times in his Bulldog career he has had at least four touchdown passes in a game and has had zero interceptions. Here are those games.
2011 vs New Mexico State (5 TD)
2011 vs Auburn
2012 vs Kentucky
2012 vs Ole Miss
2012 vs Georgia Southern
2013 vs South Carolina
One of the major plays in the game was the Murray pass complete to Justin Scott-Wesley for 85 yards and the score. JSW caught the pass and took off down the sideline. There was no one that could stop the former high school state champ in the 100 and 200 meters. It was the 3rd longest pass play in the Mark Richt era. Here are the top 5.
|2003 vs LSU||David Greene to Tyson Browning||93 yards|
|2013 vs Nebraska (2012 season)||Aaron Murray to Chris Conley||87 yards|
|2013 vs South Carolina||Aaron Murray to Justin Scott-Wesley||85 yards|
|2007 vs Florida||Matthew Stafford to Mohamed Massaquoi||84 yards|
|2012 vs Michigan State (2011 season)||Aaron Murray to Tavarres King||80 yards|
Like Murray another great Bulldog Todd Gurley struggled last season against the Gamecocks. Let's look at his two-game comparison vs South Carolina.
The 39 rush yards last season is still a career-low. Not only did Gurley have a touchdown rush, he had a touchdown reception. It was his first touchdown catch of his career. Only seven players under Mark Richt have at least one touchdown rush and touchdown reception in the same game. Kregg Lumpkin is the only Bulldog to do it twice. Here are all the players.
|Verron Haynes||2001 vs Kentucky|
|Kregg Lumpkin||2003 vs Georgia Tech|
|Brannan Southerland||2006 vs Tennessee|
|Kregg Lumpkin||2006 vs Auburn|
|Thomas Brown||2007 vs Western Carolina|
|Caleb King||2009 vs Vanderbilt|
|Isaiah Crowell||2011 vs South Carolina|
|Todd Gurley||2013 vs South Carolina|
Georgia had several running backs that made impacts. Keith Marshall, Quayvon Hicks, J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas all contributed. Gurley though carried majority of the load. His 30 rush attempts was a career-high and it was tied for 4th most under Mark Richt. Here are those top-5.
|Verron Haynes||2001 vs Georgia Tech||39 rushes|
|Musa Smith||2002 vs Ole Miss||37|
|Knowshon Moreno||2007 vs Florida||33|
|Isaiah Crowell||2011 vs Ole Miss||30|
|Todd Gurley||2013 vs South Carolina||30|
There were certainly a lot of points scored in this past game. If you remember correctly the last time this game was played in Athens there were a lot of points scored, too. Also the time before that there were a lot of points scored as well. Here are the last three home games against South Carolina.
|2009||Georgia won 41-37|
|2011||South Carolina won 45-42|
|2013||Georgia won 41-30|
That is 236 total points in those three games. The last three meetings in Columbia, there have been only 86 points scored combined.
Another weekend went by and the same thing happened as the previous weekend for Steve Holeman's soccer team. That being said, it was a good thing. Actually it was a great thing. The Bulldogs posted two more wins and had two more shutouts. The team has now won five in a row and has five shutouts in a row as well. Goalkeeper Caitlyn Woody has not allowed a goal in 485 minutes. The five shutouts are tied for ninth for most shutouts in a season by a Bulldog. The record is nine held by Lauren Church and Ashley Baker.
These past two wins were very special. On Friday, head coach Steve Holeman won his 200th career game as a head coach and on Sunday they defeated UNC Greensboro which is led by former Bulldog assistant Steve Nugent.
The Weekend the Dawgs return home and will face Long Beach State on Friday and College of Charleston on Sunday.
Lizzy Stemke's girls have played three times since my last article and the Bulldogs won two of them. Georgia defeated Southern Miss, but lost to Nebraska in Lincoln at the Nebraska Tournament and then on Tuesday traveled to Statesboro and defeated in-state rival Georgia Southern. Georgia is now 5-1 on the season and all six matches have only gone three sets each.
Defeating Georgia Southern is something the Dawgs are good at. They are a perfect 12 and 0 against the Eagles. Actually Georgia does quite well against any team that has the word Georgia in its school. Check out these records against those schools.
|Against Georgia Southern||12-0|
|Against Georgia State||11-6|
|Against Georgia Tech||21-14|
|Against North Georgia||4-0|
|Against West Georgia||8-1|
This weekend Georgia will host the Benson's Hospitality Group Invitational and they will face North Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette and UNC Greensboro.
BULLDOGS IN MLB ---
The Braves are getting closer and closer to clinching the National League East title and one of the reasons they have done it so quickly was former Bulldog pitcher Alex Wood. The southpaw has been dominant most of the season and one thing has remained constant. He rarely gives up the home run. In 70 1/3 innings pitched this season, he has allowed just three. In fact if you look all the National League pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched, he has the third lowest ratio of home runs allowed per 9 innings. Alright, you don't have to look it up, I did and here it is.
|Henderson Alvarez||74 2/3 innings||1 HR allowed||0.12 hr/9 ip|
|Matt Harvey||178 1/3 innings||7 HR allowed||0.35 hr/9 ip|
|Alex Wood||70 1/3 innings||3 HR allowed||0.38 hr/9 ip|
|Jhoulys Chacin||183 1/3 innings||8 HR allowed||0.39 hr/9 ip|
|Francisco Liriano||136||6 HR allowed||0.40 hr/9 ip|
|Clayton Kershaw||216||11 HR allowed||0.46 hr/9 ip|
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---
Week one of Sunday Football (alright they play on other days, too) began this week and several Bulldogs had outstanding games.
A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals had a big game, but that is no surprise. He always has big games because he is big game player. He puts up great numbers every week. This past week he hauled in nine receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 20 touchdown receptions in just 32 games played. He is in 7th place among former Bulldogs in NFL touchdown receptions. Number six may surprise you.
|Hines Ward||85 TD receptions (217 games)|
|Jimmy Orr||66 TD receptions (149 games)|
|Bobby Walston||46 TD receptions (148 games)|
|Benjamin Watson||28 TD receptions (117 games)|
|Randy McMichael||24 TD receptions (164 games)|
|Herschel Walker||21 TD receptions (187 games)|
|A.J. Green||20 TD receptions (32 games)|
While seeing A.J. Green's name didn't surprise anyone, seeing Marlon Brown's name probably does. The undrafted wide receiver made a name for himself in the preseason and now due to some injuries may be playing a whole lot more. In his first career game he had four catches, 65 yards and a score. Look at his numbers compared to two Bulldog greats who made names for themselves in the pros.
|Marlon Brown (2013)||4 rec||65 yards||1 td|
|A.J. Green (2011)||1 rec||41 yards||1 td|
|Hines Ward (1998)||1 rec||12 yards||0 td|
One more thing before I sign off. I want to congratulate three former Bulldogs who enter the Georgia Circle of Honor. They are Pat Dye, Lori Strong and Marissa Catlin. There will be much more of these greats in future articles that can be found on georgiadogs.com