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 www.georgiadogs.com 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 yards||Aaron Murray to Reggie Davis||2013 vs North Texas|
|93 yards||Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott||1980 vs Florida|
|93 yards||Greg Talley to Kevin Maxwell||1989 vs Vanderbilt|
|93 yards||David Greene to Tyson Browning||2003 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 Zeier||7 games|
|Aaron Murray||3 games|
|Cory Phillips||2 games|
In terms of most 400-yard games by active FBS players, Murray is tied for 2nd. Here is that list.
|Derek Carr||Fresno State||5 games|
|Aaron Murray||Georgia||3 games|
|6 also tied with||3 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
|713||2012 vs Florida Atlantic|
|667||1993 vs Southern Miss|
|654||1942 vs Ole Miss|
|641||2013 vs North Texas|
|640||1981 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 Tech||414 (469-55)|
|2010 vs Vanderbilt||407 (547-140)|
|2013 vs North Texas||396 (641-245)|
|2012 vs Florida Atlantic||395 (713-318)|
|2011 vs Coastal Carolina||358 (470-112)|
Todd Gurley is still steady as he goes. Check out these averages from last season to this season.
|2012||Rush Yards/Attempt||6.2||Rec Yards/Attempt||7.3|
|2013||Rush Yards/Attempt||6.0||Rec Yards/Attempt||7.3|
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. Green||23 TD receptions|
|Fred Gibson||21 TD receptions|
|Tavarres King||21 TD receptions|
|Terrence Edwards||17 TD receptions (he had more prior to Richt)|
|Mohamed Massaquoi||16 TD receptions|
|Sean Bailey||12 TD receptions|
|Reggie Brown||11 TD receptions (he had more prior to Richt)|
|Orson Charles||10 TD receptions|
|Leonard Pope||10 TD receptions|
|Aron White||10 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 Pollack||36 career sacks||2 as freshman|
|Richard Tardits||29 career sacks||1 as freshman|
|Jarvis Jones||28 career sacks||0 as freshman (at USC)|
|Jimmy Payne||28 career sacks||8 as freshman|
|Mitch Davis||27 ½ career sacks||2 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 Patterson||4 times||Ali Williams||2 times|
|Alexa Newfield||3 times||Nicole Williams||2 times|
|Ashley Baker||2 times||Ashley Lindley||2 times|
|Michelle Betos||2 times||Jessica Winton||2 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.
|2004||9||3-0 wins||2009||7||3-0 wins|
|2005||5||3-0 wins||2010||7||3-0 wins|
|2006||3||3-0 wins||2011||4||3-0 wins|
|2007||13||3-0 wins||2012||8||3-0 wins|
|2008||9||3-0 wins||2013||8||3-0 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.
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---
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 Houston||Chiefs||7 ½|
|Robert Mathis||Colts||4 ½|
|Mario Williams||Bills||4 ½|
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.
|2011||977 pass yards|
|2012||863 pass yards|
|2013||1,020 pass yards|
BULLDOGS IN THE CFL ---
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.