Oct. 12, 2012
by Dave McMahon
The Georgia Bulldogs and its fans had a real tough time last Saturday. South Carolina beat the Dawgs every which way possible, but the season is far from over. The SEC title is still available if certain things happen. Georgia will have to regroup and learn from its mistakes and take charge. The Bulldogs have an off week this Saturday so they will have extra time to prepare for the rest of their schedule. One of the most important things is that they as well as the fans stick together because if they don't it will be lead to many more tough times.
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.
And now for the extra stuff...
The Bulldogs have an off week this week (Yes, I have also heard it called a bye week, but one of my bosses once told me that a bye week means they get to advance to the next level as in a tournament and this is not the case.) Off weeks have come at different times for the Dawgs in the past and this is how they have fared entering their off week.
Georgia was almost shutout last week. The last time the Bulldogs were held without a point was in 1995 against Alabama. Here is a look at the last time a Bulldog team shutout each SEC team and when the last time they were shut out by them.
|Shutout||Were Shut Out|
It was Ken Malcome's touchdown run with 1:55 left that prevented the shutout. It was Boo's 2nd career touchdown and 2nd of the season. He is 1 of 5 Bulldogs to have scored a rushing touchdown this season (Gurley, Marshall, Murray, Malcome and LeMay.) Here is a list of the players with the most touchdown runs during the Mark Richt era.
|Musa Smith||14 (he also had 5 before Richt)|
John Jenkins blocked a field goal against the Gamecocks. It was the 4th time that Georgia has blocked a kick of any kind this season. That total is the same of the last two seasons combined. The most that Georgia has had in one season was 9 back in 2002. Here are the most blocked kicks in a season under Mark Richt.
|2002:||9 Blocks (5 punts, 4 field goals)|
|2003:||7 Blocks (4 field goals, 2 punts, 1 point after)|
|2009:||5 Blocks (2 punts, 2 field goals, 1 point after)|
|2012:||4 Blocks (2 punts, 1 field goal, 1 point after)|
It is not football where the topic of shutouts is relevant. Last Friday, the Georgia soccer team posted a shutout at Ole Miss. The Rebels came in with the conference's best offense by leading the SEC in goals scored. It was the 5th shutout for the Bulldogs this season. Senior Ashley Baker notched her 19th career shutout. She is in 4th place all-time for the Dawgs in that category. Here are the top 5.
|29 ½ shutoutsMichelle Betos||26Ashley Baker||19Ashley Lindley||17Lauren Church||10|
The Volleyball team did not post a shutout, but it did have some moments. The Bulldogs went 1 and 1 last week, defeating LSU in front of an ESPN U audience (former two-sport star Maria Taylor was one of the announcers) and then a loss against Tennessee. One of the Dawgs, Jasmine Eaton was named SEC Freshman of the Week. She became the first Georgia player to win that award since 2008 when Kathleen Gates won it. If she continues to have a good year she might have a chance to win the SEC Freshman of the Year. Only five Georgia girls have ever won that award in volleyball. Here are those five girls.
1991 - Priscilla Pacheco
1992 - Hadli Anstine
1995 - Cassie Brill
1996 - Rebecca Dady
2002 - Julia Petruschke
Men's Golf ---
Last week, the Georgia Men's Golf team won their first event of the season by winning the Brickyard Collegiate Championship in Macon, Georgia. It was the 48th victory during Coach Chris Haack's tenure. Sophomore Sam Straka was not part of the lineup, but still won the individual title by shooting 8 under. It was Straka's first individual title, but here are the Georgia men's golfers that have won the most individual titles.
|Russell Henley:||8 titles|
Women's Golf ---
Last week was the 41st annual Liz Murphey Classic honoring one of the most important figures in University of Georgia athletics. Unfortunately for the ladies' golf team, the Dawgs did not win, but finished a respectable 5th place in an 18-team field. Throughout the years Georgia has had a lot of success in this tournament winning 13 times.
Bulldogs on the ATP Tour ---
John Isner is having a successful 2012 and once again the strength to his game is his blistering serve. He is always among the leaders in service aces. He is approaching the 1,000 mark in aces this year, a mark he has reached before. Here is the amount of aces Isner has hit in the past 6 years (as of Thursday.)
Bulldogs in the Major Leagues ---
Many Dawg fans will remember Mitchell Boggs when he wore the Red and Black and some know him as a current pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. A lot of Bulldog fans are also die-hard Braves fans so now a lot of people also might remember Boggs as the pitcher during the infamous infield (outfield) fly rule in the one-game playoff (he was seen during the celebration after the game wearing a Georgia T-shirt.) The right-hander should also be remembered for having a great 2012 season where he went 4-and-1 and a 2.21 ERA. In his career he has pitched in 12 postseason games and has a 3.75 ERA in those games. Here is a breakdown by each postseason series.
|2009 NLDS vs Dodgers||1||0.00|
|2011 NLDS vs Phillies||2||9.00|
|2011 NLCS vs Brewers||3||6.00|
|2011 World Series vs Rangers||2||3.38|
|2012 Wild Card vs Braves||1||0.00|
|2012 NLDS vs Nationals||3||0.00|
Bulldogs in the NFL ---
Last Sunday, former Georgia safety Reshad Jones came up big by snagging an interception with 1:22 left in the game to help the Miami Dolphins defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 17 to 13. It was the former Bulldog's 4th interception of his career. Here is a list of all the quarterbacks that Jones has an interception against in the NFL.
|2010 vs Titans||Vince Young|
|2011 at Bills||Ryan Fitzpatrick|
|2012 vs Raiders||Carson Palmer|
|2012 at Bengals||Andy Dalton|
One of the Bengals having a very good season is A.J. Green. Actually he has a great start to his pro career as he already surpassed 100 receptions in his first 20 games. The greatest former Bulldog to play wide receiver in the NFL statistically is Hines Ward. Ward is 8th all-time in career receptions, 19th in career receiving yards and tied for 13th in TD receptions. Ward started slow and then picked up fast. If Green continues his pace who knows where he will end up? Here are both of these greats through 20 NFL games.
|Hines Ward||A.J. Green|