Oct. 10, 2013
by Dave McMahon
This last game was both good and bad, but at the end it was a victory and Georgia moves on. Games like this last one drive you crazy, but in years past it seems like the Dawgs lost them. This time they won and in all places... Knoxville! After it was all said and done, I almost forgot that Aaron Murray broke a SEC record for most career pass yards. That is an important stat and basically that is what these articles are all about.
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.
Georgia and Tennessee have now faced each other 43 times with Tennessee holding a 21-20-2 advantage in the series. Not too long ago it was a big margin and next season in Athens, the Dawgs can tie it up. It all started with a Jim Donnan win in 2000 and then Mark Richt took over and has won nine of 13. So for fun let's look at it this way.
|1800s||Tennessee won series 1-0|
|1900s||Tennessee won series 16-10-2|
|2000s||Georgia leads series 10-4|
Like I mentioned above Mark Richt has done amazing work against Tennessee. Check out this.
Mark Richt vs Tennessee: 9-4
All other UGA head coaches vs UT: 11-17-2
How about this...
Mark Richt vs Tennessee in Knoxville: 5-2 All other UGA coaches vs UT in Knoxville: 5-9-1
Speaking of games under Mark Richt in Knoxville... Did you notice the Aaron Murray score to Rantavious Wooten was with five seconds left in regulation? It was also five seconds left when David Greene hit Verron Haynes in 2001. Moments later the hobnail boot came and the Dawgs stepped on their face and broke their nose. They just crushed their face.
I mentioned earlier that Aaron Murray broke David Greene's career SEC record for most pass yards. Well, sort of. Murray has 11,625 pass yards in his career. Greene had 11,528, but he also had 288 in the bowl game in 2001 that does not count statistically. Stats in bowl games did not count until 2002. If you count that, which NCAA and SEC does not, Greene had 11,816. So Murray should break it this week. That is just being picky.
By the way (part 1) Murray's first career pass yards was a 3-yard strike to Branden Smith in the 2010 opening game against Louisiana-Lafayette. By the way (part 2) the 11,625 yards thrown by Murray is the same as just over 6.6 miles in distance.
Let's go back again to that last game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. Let me break it down this way and notice a theme to it.
|Second Down:||Reggie Davis 9-yard reception (true freshman)|
|Third Down:||J.J. Green 17-yard run (true freshman)|
|First Down:||J.J. Green 4-yard reception (true freshman)|
|Third Down:||Brendan Douglas 32-yard reception (true freshman)|
|First Down:||Rhett McGowan 3-yard reception (senior)|
|Third Down:||Rantavious Wooten 2-yard TD reception (senior)|
So in plays not gained by penalty, Georgia on their game-tying drive had 62 of 67 yards gained by true freshman.
The last play of the third quarter saw quarterback Aaron Murray run with the ball and boy did he ever run. He ran for a career-long 57 yards on the attempt which set up a touchdown early in the 4th quarter. Not only was the 57 yards the longest for Murray, it was the longest by a quarterback under Mark Richt. Here are the top five.
|Aaron Murray||2013 vs Tennessee||57 yards|
|D.J. Shockley||2005 vs Boise State||40 yards|
|Matthew Stafford||2006 vs Auburn||39 yards|
|Aaron Murray||2010 vs Tennessee||35 yards|
|Matthew Stafford||vs Kentucky||35 yards|
Normally you have the running backs do most of the running. With Todd Gurley already out and Keith Marshall getting hurt in the 1st quarter, it was two true freshmen that did the damage running the ball. J.J. Green finished the game with 129 rush yards and Brendan Douglas had his first career TD run. That touchdown gives the Dawgs six different players that have scored at least one touchdown run. That is the most in the SEC.
As we all know Rantavious Wooten made the huge catch in the final seconds of regulation. It was his 2nd TD reception of the game. Back in 2009 vs Kentucky, Wooten had another two touchdown performance. Here are the players that have had two or more TD receptions in a game under Mark Richt and the amount of times they have done it (once again this is just under Richt, some may have done it before Richt as well.)
|A.J. Green||4 times|
|Sean Bailey||3 times|
|Fred Gibson||3 times|
|Michael Bennett||2 times|
|Chris Conley||2 times|
|Rantavious Wooten||2 times|
|Terrence Edwards||2 times|
|Mohamed Massaquoi||2 times|
|Marlon Brown||2 times|
|Reggie Brown||2 times|
|Tavarres King||2 times|
|Damien Gary||1 time|
|Bryan McClendon||1 time|
|Leonard Pope||1 time|
|Aron White||1 time|
Chris Conley caught an amazing one-handed grab for a touchdown earlier in the game. It was one of his five receptions in a game. It was the third straight game where he had five receptions including a touchdown reception. Since Mark Richt took over, only three Bulldogs have had five receptions in a game including a touchdown in three straight games. Here are those Dawgs.
|A.J. Green||4 straight in 2009|
|Terrence Edwards||3 straight in 2002|
|Chris Conley||3 straight in 2013|
The funny thing is both Edwards and Conley both started their streak on September 21st. While Edwards ended his on October 5th, Conley is hoping to continue it. 2002 was good for the Bulldogs as they won the SEC.
Last week it was Josh Harvey-Clemons that had 15 tackles in the game vs LSU. This week it was Ramik Wilson that totaled 15 tackles in the game vs Tennessee. Those two are tied for 2nd for the highest total in a game by a SEC player this season. They are also the only two on this list that have done this feat against conference foes. Here are the top marks so far in 2013.
|Andrew Wilson||Missouri||17 tackles vs Arkansas State|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||Georgia||15 tackles vs LSU|
|Ramik Wilson||Georgia||15 tackles vs Tennessee|
|Serderius Bryant||Ole Miss||15 tackles vs SE Missouri|
|Avery Williamson||Kentucky||15 tackles vs Louisville|
For the 2nd straight game, Marshall Morgan connected on a field goal that went over 50 yards. But it was the 42-yard field goal in overtime that people will remember. He is only the 2nd Bulldog placekicker to have a game-winning field goal in an overtime game. The other one was Hap Hines in the first FBS game in the 2000s. Georgia defeated Purdue in the 2000 Outback Bowl on a 21-yard boot.
Georgia's next game is against Missouri who comes in undefeated at 5-0. The Bulldogs are a career 2-0 against Mizzou. The first time was in the Orange Bowl in 1960 and then last season they played in Columbia. Here is how the other SEC East teams did their first time ever playing in Athens.
|Against Florida||1916||won 21-0|
|Against Kentucky||1940||tied 7-7|
|Against South Carolina||1900||won 5-0|
|Against Tennessee||1906||tied 0-0|
|Against Vanderbilt||1903||lost 32-0|
Brittany Northcutt reached an impressive milestone when the Bulldogs defeated Ole Miss. Northcutt became the 16th player in Georgia history to reach 1,000 career kills. She had 16 in the match to lead the Dawgs. She has led or tied for the Bulldogs lead in kills in eight matches this season. Since the team is so balanced, she is currently third on the team in kills with 133. In fact her sophomore season is the only time she led the team in kills. Of the 16 players in the 1,000 kill club here are players that have led the season in kills one or less times.
|Nikki Nicholson||3rd all-time||led once|
|Dianne Rhode||7th all-time||zero times|
|Christa Faris||9th all-time||led once|
|Alexandra Oquendo||10th all-time||led once|
|Rebecca Dady||11th all-time||led once|
|Hadli Anstine||12th all-time||zero times|
|Laurie Henderson||14th all-time||zero times|
|Erika Clark||15th all-time||led once|
|Brittany Northcutt||16th all-time||led once|
The Georgia Volleyball team has a tough task the weekend as they are on the road against South Carolina on Friday and Florida on Sunday.
The Soccer team is currently on a season-worst three game losing streak, but has hopes to end it as the go on the road and tangle with Auburn this Friday night. Despite scoring just four goals on the road this season, the Bulldogs hold a 3-2 road record. Here are the players that have goals and assists on the road this season.
Goals: Nikki Hill, Rachel Garcia, Madeline Barker and Marion Crowder
Assists: Gabby Seiler, Rachel Garcia and Summer Burnett
BULLDOGS IN THE MLB ---
Alex Wood had a very successful rookie season with the Atlanta Braves. Wood ended up with a 3-3 record and a 3.13 ERA. He also pitched in two games in the postseason. He allowed four runs but none of them were earned. Two other former Bulldogs were also involved in the postseason in previous seasons. Mitchell Boggs pitched in 17 postseason games while Spud Chandler pitched in six. In 1943, Chandler dominated as he pitched two complete game victories allowing just one earned run in the Yankees World Series championship over the Cardinals.
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---
In the 4th quarter of last week's game against the Super Bowl Champion Ravens, former Dawg Reshad Jones picked off a Joe Flacco and went 25 yards for the touchdown. It was his first career pick six in the NFL. It was also his first interception of the season and his 7th overall. Five former Bulldogs have at least two career interceptions returned for touchdowns. Here are the five players and how many they have had.
Matthew Stafford had a below average game in terms of his standards. He only had 262 pass yards and one touchdown. The one touchdown was to former Dawg teammate Kris Durham. For his 50-game career, Stafford has 14,331 yards passing which is the most by any quarterback in NFL history through their first 50 career games. Here are the top five all-time.