Statistically Speaking

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 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.

South Carolina22-39-1.363

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 AuburnWon 56-49 (4 ot)
2009 vs ArkansasWon 52-41
2011 vs South CarolinaLost 45-42
2012 vs TennesseeWon 51-44
2013 vs LSUWon 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 Murray10 times
Eric Zeier4 times
David Greene3 times
D.J. Shockley2 times
Matthew Stafford1 time
Joe Cox1 time
Cory Phillips1 time
Mike Bobo1 time
Johnny Rauch1 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 yards1115
200-249 pass yards1017
250-299 pass yards1412
300-349 pass yards66
350-399 pass yards12
400 or more pass yards30

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 down89 rushes4.9 yards/attempt
second down61 rushes6.4 yards/attempt
third down18 rushes8.4 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 State6 players
Duke5 players
Utah State5 players
Georgia4 players
6 other teams4 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.

Leonard FloydGeorgia3
Eugene TaylorSan Jose State3
Avery MossNebraska2 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.

Kevin Butler3
Brandon Coutu3
Rex Robinson2
Allan Leavitt1
Billy Bennett1
Blair Walsh1
Marshall Morgan1


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 Patterson3 times
Stephanie Yarem1 time
Alexa Newfield1 time
Jessica Winton1 time
Mandy Aiken1 time
Ali Williams1 time
Tricia McKee1 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.

2012defeated Alabama 3-2
2011defeated Ole Miss 3-1
2010defeated 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.


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.

Matt Carpenter.778
Justin Morneau.714
Freddie Freeman.700
Allen Craig.700
Josh Donaldson.667
Alberto Callaspo.625
Brandon Phillips.611
Jeff Keppinger.556
Evan Gattis.556
Cody Ross.556


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 Atkins25 ½
Ndamukong Suh24
Justin Smith19 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 Ward200212 TD receptions
A.J. Green201211 TD receptions
Jimmy Orr196211 TD receptions
Bobby Walston195411 TD receptions
Hines Ward200511 TD receptions


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.


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