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Sept. 14, 2012

by Dave McMahon
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That was certainly a big win for the Bulldogs last week out in Missouri. It was a big win because it was a conference win, a division win, a road win and a win that the team and its fan base really needed. They stepped up and came back time after time and at the very end not only did Georgia "Show Me" but the Dawgs "Showed Us" what "Old Man Football" and "Georgia Football" is all about.

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.

And now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

Georgia's offense has been starting off a little slow, but certainly they have been finishing the drill during its first two games. They have outscored its opponents 33-26 combined in the first half of the games. In the second half, it has been a different story. The Dawgs have outscored their foes 53-17 in the 2nd halves.

One player that has been stepping up in the 2nd half in games this season is quarterback Aaron Murray. The junior seems to be a lot better completing passes after intermission than before which is the opposite of his sophomore season. Now during his freshmen season it was neither the first half nor the second half that showed any advantage.

1st Half Comp Pct2nd Half Comp Pct
Junior53.367.7
Sophomore61.855.2
Freshman61.161.1

The last game he tied his career-high by completing 22 passes. It was the 4th time in his Bulldog career that he has completed at least 20 passes in a game. Here are those four games.

2012 vs Missouri22 completions
2011 vs Vanderbilt22
2010 vs Central Florida21
2012 vs Michigan State (2011season)20

Both Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett each had career-highs with 8 receptions in the game against Missouri. It was the first time ever under Mark Richt that two different Bulldogs had at least 8 receptions in the same game.

Marlon Brown had 2 TD receptions. It was the 2nd time that the senior has had 2 TD receptions in a game (other one was against Vanderbilt last season). He is 1 of 7 Bulldogs that have multi-TD receptions in a game more than once under Mark Richt. Here are those seven players.

A.J. Green4 games
Fred Gibson3
Sean Bailey3
Terrence Edwards2
Reggie Brown2
Mohamed Massaquoi2
Marlon Brown2

Michael Bennett also did something a few other Bulldogs have done. He is 1 of 10 Dawgs to have scored a 2-pt conversion in a game under Mark Richt. His conversion tied the game up at 17 in the 3rd quarter against Missouri. Here is that list.

Randy McMichael2001 vs Kentucky
Mohamed Massaquoi2006 vs Georgia Tech
Martrez Milner2006 vs Virginia Tech
Kenneth Harris2007 vs Georgia Tech
Kris Durham2008 vs South Carolina
A.J. Green2009 vs Arkansas
Aaron Murray2010 vs Florida
Tavarres King2011 vs South Carolina
Malcolm Mitchell2012 vs Michigan State (2011 season)
Michael Bennett2012 vs Missouri

The placekicking had many fans puzzled last Saturday. Freshman Marshall Morgan missed an extra point, but hit a 52-yard field goal. Four kickers have nailed 50-yard field goals under Mark Richt. Here are those four kickers and how they fared from that distance.

Billy Bennett3-5 (3-6 including 2000)
Brandon Coutu6-12
Blair Walsh10-17
Marshall Morgan1-1

The twenty total since 2001 is the most in the FBS. Here are the top-5 schools with the most long distance 50-yard bombs since 2001.

Georgia20
Colorado18
UCLA18
Ohio State17
Michigan State15

Jarvis Jones was the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week, Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and SEC Defensive Player of the Week and that is just to name a few awards the junior won. Winning multiple weekly awards was a norm for former Georgia defensive end David Pollack. So I decided to take a look on how these two players fared after two games in the marquee season which happens to be exactly 10 years apart.

Pollack in 2002Jones in 2012
Tackles2217
Sacks23 1/2
Interceptions11
Forced Fumbles02
Fumble Recoveries10

Volleyball ---

The volleyball team will begin their conference season this weekend when they take on South Carolina and Mississippi State. Lizzy Stemke and girls currently have a 6 and 3 record. Here is the record that Georgia had prior to their SEC season start in each of the last ten seasons.

20037-520087-4
20047-220098-2
20055-520108-3
20064-620114-6
20079-120126-3

Soccer ---

The soccer team is also about to start their conference tilts this weekend when they take on Vanderbilt and Arkansas. The team has had success against majority of the SEC, some more than others. Here are the top-5 SEC teams that Georgia has the most wins against in their history.

South Carolina13
Alabama11
Kentucky11
Mississippi State11
Vanderbilt10

Women's Basketball ---

Katrina McClain was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this past week. McClain was the Lady Bulldogs first National Player of the Year (1987) and was also a 3-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996.) That is just a few of the many honors that she amassed at Georgia and beyond. She has also scored the most points in a season for Georgia by a male or a female. Here is the top-3 most amount of points in a season by any basketball player at Georgia.

Katrina McClain1986-87796 points
Dominique Wilkins1980-81732
Janet Harris1984-85700

Bulldogs in the Major Leagues ---

Gordon Beckham has struggled this season hitting wise batting just .239 through Wednesday's game, but is batting .357 this September including hitting 3 home runs and driving home 7 runs. The 7 RBI brings his season total to 56 and his career total to 212. The 212 is the 4th most by any former Georgia Bulldogs in the majors. Number two on the list is a current Tampa Bay utility player Jeff Keppinger so it will be tough catching him in the near future, but passing the number three player is in reach. Number three is former Dawg Johnny Rucker who wore the red and black from 1936 to 1938. Here is that complete top-5 list (through Wednesday's games.)

Glenn Davis603 career RBI in majors
Jeff Keppinger246
Johnny Rucker214
Gordon Beckham212
Jeff Treadway208

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

Last Sunday, Knowshon Moreno scored a touchdown in his first regular season back after having a ACL injury last season. It was his 13th career rushing touchdown and his first since December 12, 2010. His career is still quite young, but it made me think of some of the greats. Here is a list of the top-5 former Georgia Bulldogs by career rushing touchdowns in the NFL (some of them may be surprising.)

Herschel Walker61 career TD rushes in NFL
Terrell Davis60
Rodney Hampton49
Fran Tarkenton32
Garrison Hearst30

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