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Oct. 17, 2013

by Dave McMahon
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This last game was very difficult for the Dawgs. They were missing so many key players and Missouri came in extremely hot, but it was a game where Georgia could have won and that is what makes it tough. But the SEC East title is still very much up for grabs. The Bulldogs need a little luck, a little bit ole lady luck herself as the great Larry Munson would say, but anything is possible. No matter what, Georgia needs to get back in the win column.

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.

FOOTBALL ---

Georgia travels to Vanderbilt this Saturday. Years ago this seemed like an easy task. It doesn't seem as easy anymore. Even with a 0-3 conference record, these are not the same Commodores. Here are few stats you may not know. Did you know the Vandy was Georgia's 4th ever opponent and was the first game the Bulldogs ever played outside the state of Georgia? On November 7, 1893, these two teams squared off in Nashville. Here are the Bulldogs first four games in their history.

1892vs Mercer in Athens
1892vs Auburn in Atlanta
1893vs Georgia Tech in Athens
1893vs Vanderbilt in Nashville


Georgia lost that game against Vanderbilt. They were actually shut out. Here is a stat that not many Dawg fans know. After the 1958 game, Vanderbilt led the all-time series 13-7-1. Since then Georgia has a series lead of 46-5-1. Overall the Dawgs are 53-18-2 against the 'Dores including 24-11-2 in Nashville.

The first ever win against Vanderbilt happened in 1898 by the strange score of 4-0.

Here is a stat that I bring up every so often. Here are the most wins Georgia has had against an opponent.

Against Georgia Tech63 wins
Against Auburn54 wins
Against Vanderbilt53 wins
Against Kentucky52 wins
Against South Carolina47 wins


Aaron Murray is so close to a couple more SEC records. Georgia's award-winning Sports Communication staff did an excellent job listing them in their notes. So I will try to come up with something new. How about this... Murray is two TD passes away from tying Danny Wuerffel's SEC career record and three away from breaking it. Murray has thrown for three or more touchdowns in a game 14 times in his career including his last five games. Here is a list of the most 3+ TD pass games this season by a FBS quarterback.

Sean MannionOregon State6 games
Aaron MurrayGeorgia5 games
Tajh BoydClemson4 games
Derek CarrFresno State4 games
Taylor KellyArizona State4 games


Here are some stats on the running back tandem at Georgia. Last season, the freshmen duo was called "Gurshall." They are not using that this season. How come we haven't heard this season's freshman duo as "Greglas?" I guess it doesn't have the same ring to it. J.J. Green had his career-long 57-yard run against Missouri. Big runs are not uncommon to the little guy.

Most 30-yard rushes this season for Georgia

J.J. Green3
Todd Gurley1
Aaron Murray1
Keith Marshall0


Brendan Douglas did something only a handful of Bulldogs have done since 2000 last week against Missouri. Here are players that have had 10 rushes, 5 receptions and a touchdown in the same game since 2000.

Kregg Lumpkin2004 vs Purdue
Tyson Browning2004 vs South Carolina
Thomas Brown2007 vs Alabama
Knowshon Moreno2009 vs Michigan State
Brendan Douglas2013 vs Missouri


And here is something I thought was funny.

J.J. Green - freshman rush yards prior to Vanderbilt game: 281yards Herschel Walker - rush yards vs Vanderbilt in freshman season: 283 yards

My database where I get a lot of this information only dates back to 1996, but check out this. Wide Receiver Chris Conley is the only FBS player in that time period to have the same amount of receptions and touchdown receptions in four straight games (with a minimum of three receptions.) In his last four games, Conley has had five receptions and one score in each game. Now if he wants to do more than that I am sure the Bulldog Nation would be ok with that.

Georgia has struggled on defense this season, but one thing they have done well lately is sack the quarterback. Ray Drew (3rd) and Leonard Floyd (5th) are among the SEC leaders in sacks this season. Under Mark Richt a Bulldog has led the conference in sacks five times. Here are those leaders.

David Pollack200214 sacks
David Pollack200412 ½ sacks
Marcus Howard200710 ½ sacks
Jarvis Jones201213 ½ sacks
Jarvis Jones201314 ½ sacks


After allowing what it seems like a ton of rush yards in its first two games. The run defense has improved over the last four games. Some of these numbers look bad, but they are not according to what the opposition is used to.

North Texas rush yards/game144.3(7 vs Georgia)
LSU rush yards/game194.1(77 vs Georgia)
Tennessee rush yards/game211.0(189 vs Georgia)
Missouri rush yards/game239.3(142 vs Georgia)


VOLLEYBALL ---

Lizzy Stemke and her team went 1-1 this weekend including a 3-0 win over South Carolina. The Dawgs had lost two straight against South Carolina, so it was nice getting a win in Columbia. The win was nothing incredibly new for Georgia. Of all the teams that Georgia has faced in volleyball, it is South Carolina who the Dawgs have won the most. Here are the top five.

Against South Carolina45 wins
Against Mississippi State40 wins
Against Ole Miss39 wins
Against Auburn33 wins
Against Clemson28 wins


Georgia continues its road tour by challenging Missouri on Friday and Arkansas on Sunday.

SOCCER ---

To continue the theme I had for volleyball (sort of.) Georgia played to a scoreless tie last week against Auburn. It was Georgia's first tie this season. It was also their third ever tie against Auburn. The other two were in 2004 and in 2011. The three ties "ties" the most by Georgia vs any opponent all-time. Here are the teams were Georgia has three career ties against.

Against Auburn3 ties (2004, 2011, 2013)
Against South Carolina3 ties (1995, 2004, 2008)
Against Arkansas3 ties (2000, 2004, 2010)
Against Kentucky3 ties (1999, 2005, 2010)
Against Wake Forest3 ties (1995, 1997, 2001)


Georgia returns home to take on Mississippi State on Friday and Texas A&M on Sunday.

SWIMMING AND DIVING ---

I am on a roll with this theme so I am taking it from the court to the field and now to the pool. Georgia faced in-state rival Georgia Tech last week. Many coaches have had great success against the dreaded Georgia Tech. Heck, even football coach Mark Richt is 11-1 all-time vs the Yellow Jackets. Swimming Coach Jack Bauerle is even better than that. According to the Sports Communication staff, he is 19-0 as the Women's head coach, 8-0 as Men's head coach and 3-0 as a former player against Georgia Tech. Not too shabby. If you combine the wins that the men's and women's teams have, Georgia has defeated Georgia Tech a whopping 67 times. That is the most against any opponent in swimming. Here are the top five.

Against Georgia Tech67 wins
Against Kentucky59 wins
Against Emory55 wins
Against South Carolina51 wins
Against Clemson49 wins


The swim team goes to Baton Rouge this Friday to take on LSU.

MEN's TENNIS ---

Junior Nathan Pasha won the singles title of the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships this past week in Atlanta. It was his 2nd singles tournament win this season. He is now 13-3 after winning six straight set matches in this last tournament. The last five opponents all went to school somewhere in the state of Florida. Pasha struggled against players from Florida schools his freshman season but since then he has been perfect. Here is his record against such schools (no truth to the rumor that Mark Richt may try to steal Pasha from Manny Diaz for the upcoming tilt in Jacksonville.)

Junior season5-0
Sophomore season2-0
Freshman season2-4


BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---

Last week I mentioned all the former Bulldogs that have had two or more pick sixes in the NFL. Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears was one of them. He must have read that and wanted more. Last week he had another one against the New York Giants. Here are the quarterbacks that Jennings has had interceptions returned for touchdowns in the NFL.

2012 vs Panthersquarterback Cam Newton (25 yards)
2013 vs Vikingsquarterback Christian Ponder (44 yards)
2013 vs Giantsquarterback Eli Manning (48 yards)


The strange thing was Jennings also had a pick six against Eli Manning back in college when he threw for Ole Miss in 2002.

Alec Ogletree is having a very productive rookie season with the St. Louis Rams. Last week against the Houston Texans, the first rounder had 11 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. The now leads the Rams with 59 tackles and he also has three forced fumbles this season. As for his interception; he returned his 98 yards for the touchdown. According to the records kept that was tied for the longest interception return by a linebacker in NFL history. Here are those top five.

Alec Ogletree (Rams)2013 vs Texans98 yards
Shelton Quarles (Buccaneers)2001 vs Packers98 yards
Derrick Brooks (Buccaneers)2002 vs Ravens97 yards
Nick Barnett (Packers)2005 vs Saints95 yards
Andy Studebaker (Chiefs)2009 vs Steelers94 yards


Knowshon Moreno is currently leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns this season. This season the running back has seven for the undefeated Denver Broncos. Moreno's seven ties his best season when he had seven as a rookie in 2009. He had a career-high three against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. It is tied for the 2nd most by a Georgia Bulldog in an NFL game. Here are all the times a Bulldog has at least three in a NFL game.

Rodney Hampton (Giants)1995 vs Saints4 touchdown rushes
Herschel Walker (Vikings)1991 vs Cardinals3 touchdown rushes
Rodney Hampton (Giants)1992 vs Chiefs3 touchdown rushes
Terrell Davis (Broncos)1997 vs Raiders3 touchdown rushes
Terrell Davis (Broncos)1998 vs Cowboys3 touchdown rushes
Terrell Davis (Broncos)1998 vs Jaguars3 touchdown rushes
Terrell Davis (Broncos)1998 vs Chiefs3 touchdown rushes
Garrison Hearst (49ers)2002 vs Seahawks3 touchdown rushes
Knowshon Moreno (Broncos)2013 vs Jaguars3 touchdown rushes


Terrell Davis also had three to set a Super Bowl record vs the Packers in 1998.
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