Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Sept. 21, 2012

by Dave McMahon

When I was little I remember watching a movie or maybe it was a cartoon on the Harlem Globetrotters. In the movie or cartoon, the wacky basketball team played so-so in the first half of the game, but in the second half they regrouped and decided to play their brand of basketball. The second half of those games they dominated and they won the game. Now that Georgia football season is well underway, maybe the Dawgs can play their brand, "the Georgia way" of playing football in both halves. The Bulldogs are a perfect 3-0 and maybe that is the more accurate description of "the Georgia way."

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...

Football ---

The offense went crazy last Saturday as it totaled 713 yards which broke the Georgia record. The old record was 667 in a game against Southern Miss back in 1993. The 713 was actually tied for 6th for the most total yards in a game by a SEC team. Here is that leader board.

Alabama833 vs Virginia Tech in 1973
Kentucky801 vs Louisville in 1998
Vanderbilt798 vs Davidson in 1969
Florida774 vs West Texas State in 1982
LSU746 vs Rice in 1977
Arkansas713 vs North Texas in 2007
Georgia713 vs FAU in 2012

Georgia has now scored 40 or more points in each of their first three games (set a Georgia record). Here is the amount of games that the Bulldogs scored at least 40 points in a game in each of Mark Richt's seasons as head coach.

20012 games20076
2006120123 games (so far)

... in three games so far, Vanderbilt has allowed a total of 40 points this season.

Georgia takes on Vanderbilt this Saturday. Throughout the years, Georgia has had a good time against the Commodores. In fact the Dawgs have 52 wins against the boys from Nashville. That many wins is good for 3rd place against any of the Dawgs opponents all-time. Here are the top-5 opponents that Georgia has the most wins against.

Georgia Tech62 wins

The series with the two teams dates back to 1893 (back when Grover Cleveland was about to start his 2nd non-consecutive term as president.) Vanderbilt was Georgia's 4th ever opponent. After the two in 1892 (Mercer and Auburn) and the first in 1893 (Georgia Tech) came Vanderbilt. So technically, Vanderbilt is Georgia's first opponent of any school that is currently in the SEC East. Here is a list of the current SEC opponent and when the Bulldogs played them first.

South Carolina1894

Aaron Murray once again racked up in the stat column, this time it was the passing yards category. Murray had a career-high when he threw for 342 against Florida Atlantic. Here are his best totals.

3422012 vs FAU
3262011 at Vanderbilt
3132010 vs Florida

For his career, he went over the 7,000 mark and currently stands at 7,040. He is still 4th all-time on Georgia's career list behind Eric Zeier, David Greene and Matthew Stafford.

As for career TD passes, Murray stands tied for 2nd and with a great game he can tie the leader. Here is the amount of touchdown passes each have and the amount of games played. (Remember Eric Zeier's bowl stats didn't count as did one of David Greene's bowl games, but the remainder of Greene's does.)

David Greene72 TD passes51 games (Greene would have 73 in 52 games)
Eric Zeier6744 games (Zeier would have 69 in 46 games)
Aaron Murray6730 games

For the 2nd time in three games this season, freshman Todd Gurley ran for over 100 yards and fellow frosh Keith Marshall ran for over 100 yards for the first time. Running over the century mark is nothing new for newbies under Mark Richt. Here is the amount of times a freshman has run over 100 yards in a game under Mark Richt.

Knowshon Moreno6 games
Thomas Brown4
Danny Ware4
Isaiah Crowell4
Todd Gurley2
Washaun Ealey1
Keith Marshall1

Both Michael Bennett and Tavarres King each have over 200 yards receiving this season. Entering this week, only 14 teams have two players on their team with that mark. Here are those teams.

GeorgiaOklahoma State
Fresno StateWashington State
New Mexico StateHouston

Amarlo Herrera had an interception and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. It was the 19th time a Georgia player had a pick six in a game in the Mark Richt era. In that time only three Dawgs have returned more than one. Here are those three players.

Bacarri Rambo3 INT ret for TD
Darryl Gamble2
Tim Jennings2

Shawn Williams has been one of the leaders of the Dawgs defense this season which shouldn't be a surprise since last season he led Georgia in tackles with 72. He leads the group again this season with 25 and the last two weeks he has had his two best totals for the red and black. Here are his best tackling performances of his Bulldog career.

122012 vs FAU72011 vs Kentucky
82012 vs Missouri72011 vs New Mexico State
72012 vs Michigan State (2011 season)72010 vs Arkansas
72011 vs Tennessee72010 vs Florida

Soccer ---

This week Georgia's soccer team heads on their first conference road trip of the season. Last week Georgia started the conference season with a tie vs Vanderbilt and a win against Arkansas. In the win, junior Meghan Gibbons scored both goals which also happened to be her first goals of the season. As a freshman she had a 2-goal game vs Kansas and a hat trick vs Georgia State, but this season was the first time she had multi goals in a conference game. Only seven girls have ever had more than one multi-goal game against SEC opponents. One of the co-leaders is one of Meghan's teammate Alexa Newfield. Here are the seven girls that have done this feat.

Alexa Newfield4 multi-goal games vs SEC opponents
Carrie Patterson4
Ali Williams3
Mandy Aiken2
Stephanie Yarem2
Ashley King2
Geneil Newbern2

Volleyball ---

This weekend the Georgia volleyball team heads back to Athens for tilts against Alabama and Arkansas. Last week they defeated Mississippi State, but lost to South Carolina. Home is where this group does their most damage as so far they are a perfect 3-0 at the Ramsey Student Center this season. Here is how they have fared the last few seasons on the home court.


Bulldogs on the PGA Tour ---

The professional golf world hits East Lake this weekend for The Tour Championship which means the season will soon be over. One of the golfers competing is former Bulldog Bubba Watson. Once again the long-hitter leads the PGA Tour in driving distance with an average drive of 315.3 yards which is just close to 4 yards more than the next highest golfer. Bubba has been at the top of near the top of this chart every season since 2006. Here is what he finished in this category every year since then.

2012currently 1st

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

Tim Jennings (2nd time I have mentioned him in this article) is off to a great start in 2012. So far the cornerback has a NFL-leading 3 interceptions for the Chicago Bears. The three is the most he has ever had in a season and the season is just 2 weeks old. Jennings has 10 career interceptions, but that is not the most by a former Bulldog in the NFL. Here are the most NFL interceptions in a season and in a career by former Bulldogs.

Champ Bailey10Champ Bailey50
Champ Bailey8Jake Scott49
Jake Scott8Terry Hoage21
Terry Hoage8Sean Jones17

Bulldogs in the Major Leagues ---

Former Bulldog Justin Grimm got called up to the bigs again. Earlier this season, he had a 1-1 record in 4 games pitched (2 starts) for the Texas Rangers. In the minors he rocked an 11-6 record overall which is after a 7-3 minor league record last season. This season he pitched for the Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League and the Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League. It was great that he has one major league win so far, but all Dawg fans are hoping for a lot more. I knew who had the most wins in the majors by a former Georgia Bulldog, but I didn't know the top-5. Here is that top-5.

Spud Chandler109 wins (also has 2 World Series wins)
Ken Holloway64 (he also had 18 saves)
Dave Fleming38
Cris Carpenter27
Derek Lilliquist25



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