Oct. 3, 2013
by Dave McMahon
How Bout Them Dawgs! It may not have been the prettiest of all games, but it sure was exciting and more important it was a win! For the second time in four games this season, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated a Top 10 team. The game featured five ties and in the final five minutes it looked like a Georgia victory, then a LSU victory and when it was all said and done a Georgia victory! Now Georgia can't slow down. They have a major game with one of their rivals, an orange rival. For some people the Tennessee game reminds people of Herschel Walker running over Bill Bates with those big thighs, for some people it may cause people to remember Verron Haynes and hobnail boots and still it also may remind people of Sean Jones and his fumble recovery that went 92 yards right before the first half ended and put miserable looks and sad faces all over Rocky Top.
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.
With the win against LSU, Georgia moves to 3-1 on the season. In 11 of 13 seasons under Mark Richt, Georgia has started either 4-0 or 3-1. The only two times they did not were in 2010 and 2011.
Everyone knows that there is no tougher conference in America than the Southeastern Conference. SEC football has been divided into East and West divisions since 1992. The Dawgs had faced three SEC West teams early on and now with two added teams last season, Georgia plays two teams from the other side. They already played one Tigers from the west and they will play another group of Tigers (Auburn) in November. Since the beginning of two divisions, the Bulldogs have the best record vs SEC West teams among the teams from the SEC East. Here are all seven east teams with their record and win percentage against the west.
Offense was the name of the game against the LSU Tigers. Both teams scored at least 40 points. In SEC games, Georgia has been involved in games where both teams scored at least 40 points five times with the last time happening against Georgia's next opponent, the Tennessee Volunteers.
|1996 vs Auburn||Won 56-49 (4 ot)|
|2009 vs Arkansas||Won 52-41|
|2011 vs South Carolina||Lost 45-42|
|2012 vs Tennessee||Won 51-44|
|2013 vs LSU||Won 44-41|
Aaron Murray keeps climbing the charts in both the SEC and on the Bulldogs. So if you want to see how close he is check the website that is mentioned in the second paragraph. It has a great list of these stats. So the break him some more, here are some other stat breakdowns of the senior signal caller.
Murray had four touchdown passes last Saturday. It was the 10th time that Murray had at least four touchdown passes in a game in his career and the 2nd time this season. He is reaching four touchdowns a lot earlier in the season. Look at the times he reached his first and second four touchdown pass games in each season.
Freshman: zero 4 TD pass games
Sophomore: four 4 TD pass games 1st time (2nd game) 2nd time (9th game)
Junior: four 4 TD pass games 1st time (7th game) 2nd time (9th game)
Senior: two 4 TD pass games 1st time (2nd game) 2nd time (4th game)
If Murray ends up with four touchdown passes against Tennessee and four more in the next game against Missouri he will have 114 in his career which would match former Gator quarterback Danny Wuerffel's SEC record.
Like I mentioned earlier, Murray had ten career 4+ TD pass games. That is by far the most in Georgia history. Here is a list of quarterbacks that accomplished this feat and how many times they have done it in their career.
|Aaron Murray||10 times|
|Eric Zeier||4 times|
|David Greene||3 times|
|D.J. Shockley||2 times|
|Matthew Stafford||1 time|
|Joe Cox||1 time|
|Cory Phillips||1 time|
|Mike Bobo||1 time|
|Johnny Rauch||1 time|
In terms of pass yards, Murray has 11,429 and is only 99 pass yards away from tying former Dawg David Greene for the record (technically he is 387 away from Greene, but bowl game stats did not count in DG's freshman season where he recorded 288 vs Boston College.) Here is breakdown on both Murray and Greene on how many times they accomplished certain pass yard goals.
|under 200 pass yards||11||15|
|200-249 pass yards||10||17|
|250-299 pass yards||14||12|
|300-349 pass yards||6||6|
|350-399 pass yards||1||2|
|400 or more pass yards||3||0|
As all Dawg fans know running back Todd Gurley may or may not play this week due to an injured ankle. If Gurley doesn't go, Keith Marshall should have no problems filling in. If last season's game vs Tennessee is any indication of what Marshall can do, then lookout. In 2012's game vs the Volunteers, Marshall had a career-high in rush yards in a game with 164 (Gurley hasn't reached that total... yet.) and had a career-long 75-yard run as well as a 72-yard run. This season, Marshall has 213 rush yards and has 972 in his career. Look at Marshall's career rushing stats if we break it down by downs.
|first down||89 rushes||4.9 yards/attempt|
|second down||61 rushes||6.4 yards/attempt|
|third down||18 rushes||8.4 yards/attempt|
In the LSU game, Michael Bennett had two touchdown receptions and Chris Conley and Justin Scott-Wesley each added one (remember Scott-Wesley's???) Now all three of those players have two total this season. Tight end Arthur Lynch also has two on the season. The Bulldogs have the most different players in the SEC with at least two TD receptions each this season and are tied for fourth with the most in the FBS. Here are the top four.
|Oregon State||6 players|
|Utah State||5 players|
|6 other teams||4 players|
Another thing Georgia did very well in the game against the Bayou Bengals was rush the quarterback. The junkyard dawg defense sacked Zach Mettenberger four times including another one by freshman Leonard Floyd. That makes three this season which is the most by a frosh in the conference and is tied for first for the most in the FBS. Here is the top three in the FBS.
|Eugene Taylor||San Jose State||3|
|Avery Moss||Nebraska||2 ½|
Marshall Morgan booted a career-long 55-yard field goal against LSU. The field goal seemed like it could have gone another 10 to 15 yards. That was Morgan's 3rd career 50-yard field goal made. The record for most 50-yard field goals at Georgia in a career is 11 held by Kevin Butler. So while Morgan is still pretty far away from that, he is close to the most 55-yard field goals in Georgia history. Check out that list.
Freshman Marion Crowder is scoring goals at a tremendous pace. So far she has 8 goals in the team's first 11 games. Hopefully she can get to at least ten goals and join some elite company. Only nine times (nine times, Mrs. Bueller) has a Georgia player had ten or more goals in a season. Here is a list of those girls and how many times they have had 10+ goal seasons.
|Carrie Patterson||3 times|
|Stephanie Yarem||1 time|
|Alexa Newfield||1 time|
|Jessica Winton||1 time|
|Mandy Aiken||1 time|
|Ali Williams||1 time|
|Tricia McKee||1 time|
This week Georgia returns home to face Alabama on Friday and Ole Miss on Sunday.
Lizzy Stemke and the team will play their first conference home matches of the season. Georgia is just 17-18 all-time in SEC home debuts, but 2-0 under Stemke and the Dawgs has won this type of game in three straight seasons. Here are the details on the last three seasons.
|2012||defeated Alabama 3-2|
|2011||defeated Ole Miss 3-1|
|2010||defeated Tennessee 3-1|
Georgia's first home conference match is against Tennessee on Friday and the Bulldogs will be wearing pink warm up jerseys in support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fans are encouraged to wear pink as well.
BULLDOGS IN THE MLB ---
The season is over for former Bulldogs with a pair of Sox, a pair of White Sox that is. Both Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger finished their season as Chicago did not reach the playoffs. Beckham finished the season with a .267 average with 5 home runs and 24 runs batted in. But check out the top five teams where Beckham had his highest averages against this season. Some of those teams are in the playoffs.
.545 average vs the Rays
.435 average vs the Yankees
.333 average vs the Tigers
.333 average vs the Mets
.300 average vs the Blue Jays
(he hit just .125 against the Braves)
As for Keppinger, the veteran hit .253 with 4 home runs and 40 runs batted in. Check out this stat. When the bases were loaded, Kepp hit 5-for-12. Among players with at least ten plate appearances with the bases loaded, the former SEC star was tied for 8th in the majors in batting average. Here is the top 10 in that category.
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---
Geno Atkins had 1 ½ sacks last week against the Browns. This season he has 2 ½ and has 25 ½ sacks in his short career. Since his rookie season in 2010 (in a season where he just had 3 sacks) Atkins has the most sacks in the NFL by defensive tackles. Here are the top three.
|Geno Atkins||25 ½|
|Justin Smith||19 ½|
Marlon Brown continues to amaze people who gave him no chance to succeed in the NFL. The star wide receiver caught his 3rd touchdown pass of the season. Since he has played four games, the math is easy on this one. He is on a pace to have 12 TD receptions. The record for most TD receptions in the NFL by a former Bulldog is also 12. Here are the top five totals.
|Hines Ward||2002||12 TD receptions|
|A.J. Green||2012||11 TD receptions|
|Jimmy Orr||1962||11 TD receptions|
|Bobby Walston||1954||11 TD receptions|
|Hines Ward||2005||11 TD receptions|
BULLDOGS IN THE CFL ---
Marcus Howard led the Bulldogs in sacks in 2007 with 10 ½ including three in the Sugar Bowl against Hawaii (whatever happened to Colt Brennan?) This past week, Howard, who is now playing for the Edmonton Eskimos also had three sacks in a game. He has 9 in the season and is currently 4th in the CFL. The most Howard has had in a season in the CFL is 11 back in 2011. He had 1 ½ with the Colts in the NFL back in 2008.