Statistically Speaking

Sept. 25, 2013

by Dave McMahon

Stop me if you have read this before, "Georgia has a huge game this week!" Once again the Dawgs face another top-10 team. This time they host Louisiana State at 3:30 pm. The Bulldogs looked great on offense and defense this past week against North Texas, but they struggled on special teams. They will need to hit on all cylinders to defeat Les Miles' talented group. Even though these teams are not on their every season schedule, it seems they have played quite a bit. The two teams have faced each other three times at the SEC Championship as well. That is the 2nd most frequent matchup in SEC Championships. That's a little stat appetizer before I give you the main course.

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.


Aaron Murray continues to put up numbers and numbers each week (people like him keep me employed.) Early in the 2nd quarter, the senior Murray connected with freshman Reggie Davis for a school-record 98 yards. It was Davis's first career reception and touchdown while it was Murray's 100th career TD pass. Murray has been on a roll lately. Going back to the bowl game last season, Murray has three passes for at least 85 yards. Like I said 98 yards was a record, here are the three passes it passed (no pun) to break the record.

Longest TD passes in Georgia history
98 yardsAaron Murray to Reggie Davis2013 vs North Texas
93 yardsBuck Belue to Lindsay Scott1980 vs Florida
93 yardsGreg Talley to Kevin Maxwell1989 vs Vanderbilt
93 yardsDavid Greene to Tyson Browning2003 vs LSU

Also in the game, Murray went over 400 pass yards for the third time in his career. He is now 2nd all-time in school history for 400-yard pass games. I was surprised who number three was. Most 400-yard pass games in Georgia history

Eric Zeier7 games
Aaron Murray3 games
Cory Phillips2 games

In terms of most 400-yard games by active FBS players, Murray is tied for 2nd. Here is that list.

Derek CarrFresno State5 games
Aaron MurrayGeorgia3 games
6 also tied with3 games

(yes, Johnny Football is in that 3 game group as well)

Murray is not the only one who posted great numbers. The whole team did. Last week, Georgia had their 4th highest output in terms of total yards in a game ever. The top one was just last season, but here are the top five.

Most total yards by in a game

7132012 vs Florida Atlantic
6671993 vs Southern Miss
6541942 vs Ole Miss
6412013 vs North Texas
6401981 vs Vanderbilt

But if you look at the defense as well, they did a great job of the Mean Green, too. They only allowed 245 total yards and if you look at yard differential, it was the 3rd best game for Georgia in the Mark Richt era. Here are the top five.

Most yard differential in game under Mark Richt

2009 vs Tennessee Tech414 (469-55)
2010 vs Vanderbilt407 (547-140)
2013 vs North Texas396 (641-245)
2012 vs Florida Atlantic395 (713-318)
2011 vs Coastal Carolina358 (470-112)

Todd Gurley is still steady as he goes. Check out these averages from last season to this season.

2012Rush Yards/Attempt6.2Rec Yards/Attempt7.3
2013Rush Yards/Attempt6.0Rec Yards/Attempt7.3

Chris Conley caught his first TD catch this season last week and now has nine in his career. Another player with nine is fellow wide receiver Michael Bennett. Whenever they catch their next scoring grab they will add to the list of players that have had at least 10 TD receptions while playing under Mark Richt. Here are those players.

A.J. Green23 TD receptions
Fred Gibson21 TD receptions
Tavarres King21 TD receptions
Terrence Edwards17 TD receptions (he had more prior to Richt)
Mohamed Massaquoi16 TD receptions
Sean Bailey12 TD receptions
Reggie Brown11 TD receptions (he had more prior to Richt)
Orson Charles10 TD receptions
Leonard Pope10 TD receptions
Aron White10 TD receptions

Individually on defense, Leonard Floyd registered his first two career sacks. There was a lot of talk this fall camp how he will be a major threat for quarterbacks during his tenure at Georgia. In the way too early stat category, here is a list of the top five sack masters according to career sacks at Georgia and how many they had their freshman season.

David Pollack36 career sacks2 as freshman
Richard Tardits29 career sacks1 as freshman
Jarvis Jones28 career sacks0 as freshman (at USC)
Jimmy Payne28 career sacks8 as freshman
Mitch Davis27 ½ career sacks2 as freshman


Steve Holeman's group is still going strong as they shut out #8 South Carolina last week and are now in the polls. The Bulldogs are #19 in the Soccer America Poll which is their highest ranking since 2010. Individually the Dawgs were honored as well as Laura Eddy was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Caitlin Woody was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Eddy was named the 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year, but this is the first time either has won a conference weekly award. Earlier this season, Marion Crowder won SEC Freshman of the Week as well. If one of these players wins a weekly SEC award, they will join an impressive list of Bulldogs that have won two or more. Here is that list.

Carrie Patterson4 timesAli Williams2 times
Alexa Newfield3 timesNicole Williams2 times
Ashley Baker2 timesAshley Lindley2 times
Michelle Betos2 timesJessica Winton2 times

This week the soccer team goes on the road to take on Missouri on Friday and then Kentucky on Sunday.


Lizzy Stemke and the volleyball team had a little hiccup against Kansas, but rebounded with two more wins in the Kansas Tournament. They defeated North Dakota State 3 to 0 and Notre Dame 3 to 1. That 3 to 1 score is odd since most of the wins that the Bulldogs have had this season have been shutouts and if you look at the last ten seasons, Georgia has a chance to put up some great numbers.

200493-0 wins200973-0 wins
200553-0 wins201073-0 wins
200633-0 wins201143-0 wins
2007133-0 wins201283-0 wins
200893-0 wins201383-0 wins

The Volleyball team will remain on the road as they tangle with LSU on Friday and Texas A&M on Sunday.

MEN's GOLF ---

Chris Haack's group of men looks like they are taking charge already this season. Last Saturday, the team won the Dick's Sporting Goods Collegiate Cup Challenge. It was his Coach Haack's 50th career win as Georgia head coach. The most of amount of wins he has had in a season was 6 and he did that twice. Here is a list of the top four.

2000-01 6 wins
2005-06 6 wins
2006-07 5 wins
2008-09 5 wins

The funny thing is the two NCAA Championships they won were not on part of those seasons. The Bulldogs had 4 wins when they won in 1998-99 and just 3 wins when they won in 2004-05.


Justin Houston had 20 career sacks when he played between the hedges. He might have that number for the Kansas City Chiefs this season. So far this season, Houston has 7 ½ sacks through three games so far and leads the NFL in that category. Here are the top five.

Justin HoustonChiefs7 ½
Robert MathisColts4 ½
Mario WilliamsBills4 ½
Robert QuinnRams4
DeMarcus WareCowboys4

Matthew Stafford is racking up yards once again. He is already just one of four players that have thrown for 5,000 yards in a season (Drew Brees has done it 3 times). Last season he had just 4,967 (just?). Here is what he had the last two seasons through three games and comparing it to this season as well.

2011977 pass yards
2012863 pass yards
20131,020 pass yards


Terrence Edwards scored again with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the great white north. Edwards has had a very successful career playing in the CFL. This past game he caught his first touchdown pass of the season and now has 47 in his career. The 47 was also the number that his older brother Robert wore while playing for Georgia.



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