Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Oct. 19, 2011

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 now for the extra stuff...
FOOTBALL
As Georgia heads to their off week, and I repeat it is an off week or maybe an open week, it is NOT a bye. A bye is something that basketball or tennis or another sport uses to show that one team advances because of status to the next round or level. Anyway, as Georgia heads to their off week, they sit with a 5-2 record. I'm here to show something relevant statistically to this point. So here are Georgia's record entering their first off week or sometimes only off week in each season under Mark Richt.

20011-120075-2
20021-020084-1
20033-120094-3
20043-020105-6
20054-020115-2
20067-4


In the win against Vanderbilt, quarterback Aaron Murray threw 3 TD passes and now has 40 in his career. The 40 moves him to 4th place all-time at Georgia. Also, it was the 9th time Murray has thrown 3 or more in a game- here is a look at how that compares to the 3 quarterbacks ahead of him on the TD pass list.

Total TD Passes3+ TD Pass Games
David Greene727
Eric Zeier6710
Matthew Stafford514
Aaron Murray409


He also broke many of his individual records (completions and pass yards). Here are his top 3 games for both of those stats in his career.

CompletionsPass Yards
2011 at Vanderbilt222011 at Vanderbilt326
2010 vs Central Florida212010 vs Florida313
2010 vs Idaho State192010 vs Vanderbilt287
2011 vs South Carolina19


Marlon Brown stepped up big time in the absence of Malcolm Mitchell. Now in Brown's defense, he has came up big before in recovering a fumble against Georgia Tech, or knocking the ball loose and preventing an interception against Tennessee, but this time he came up big with some big offensive numbers. Here is a little stat comparison.

Receiving YardsTD Receptions
First 23 career games1881
2011 at Vanderbilt1212


Michael Bennett also stepped it up leading the Bulldogs with 7 receptions against the Commodores. Only a handful of Georgia players have caught 7 or more passes in a game under Mark Richt. Here are those players and how many games they caught 7 or more in a game. (remember this is counting the games under Mark Richt only and not any before)

A.J. Green 10 gamesDamien Gary2
Reggie Brown4 gamesLeonard Pope1
Fred Gibson4 gamesMichael Johnson1
Terrence Edwards3 gamesMichael Bennett1
Mohamed Massaquoi2 games


Against Vanderbilt, Georgia had 3 interceptions. It was the 11th time that Georgia had 3 or more in a game under Mark Richt. One of the players that had a pick was Bacarri Rambo. He is currently tied for 4th in the FBS in Interceptions this season with 5. He is just 1 of 5 players that have had 5 or more in a season under Mark Richt and Rambo has at least 5 games left this season. Here are the 5 players that have done this feat.

Tony Taylor20067 Interceptions
Tra Battle20066 Interceptions
Rashad Jones20085 Interceptions
Sean Jones20035 Interceptions
Bacarri Rambo20115 Interceptions


As I mentioned in a previous article, Blair Walsh is climbing the charts in 50+ yard field goals. After the 53 yarder against Vandy, the senior now has 10 in his career. That makes him one behind his holder's father Kevin Butler for most career 50+ yard field goals by a Georgia Bulldog. The 10 is way ahead of any other active kicker in the FBS. The next highest is 6 by Purdue's Carson Wiggs.
SOCCER
Georgia had another outstanding week by defeating both Vanderbilt and Kentucky on the road last Friday and Sunday. This was the 4th time the Bulldogs faced SEC teams on a Friday and on a Sunday. The Bulldogs have had some mixed success on Friday/Sunday SEC regular season match-ups. Here is how they have done on such weekends the last 5 seasons.

2011: 2-0 (2 times) 1-1 (2 times)
2010: 1-0-1 (3 times) 1-1 (1 time)
2009: 2-0 (1 time) 1-1 (3 times)
2008: 2-0 (2 times) 1-1 (1 time) 0-1-1 (1 time)
2007: 2-0 (2 times) 1-0-1 (1 time) 0-1-1 (1 time)
VOLLEYBALL
Georgia had a big 5-set win last Sunday against Arkansas as Georgia improved their record to 9-11, but more importantly improved their conference record to 5-5. In their last win they accumulated many great stats including 15 ½ blocks, 10 of those a career-high from senior Elizabeth Reid. Since the 25-point rally scoring began in the SEC in 2008, this was only the 2nd time a Georgia player has notched double-digits in total blocks. Former Bulldog Valentina Gonzalez had 12 in a 2010 match against Alabama for the other one. That match only lasted 4 sets. In 5-set matches, a Georgia player reached 9 blocks 6 times (4 by Gonzalez and 2 by Ann Dylla). The only other time a Georgia player has had 9 in this system was a 4-set match by Briana Bahr in 2009.
SWIMMING
Georgia began the 2011-2012 season in style with a victory by the men and women over Georgia Tech. Defeating the Yellow Jackets is nothing new by head coach Jack Bauerle. He has never lost to them. As player he went 3-0 and as a head coach he's gone 17-0 as the men's leader and 6-0 on the women's side. The victory was the 58th overall against the in-state rival by the men's team in its history. It is the most against any team. Here is the 5 teams that the men's team and the women's team has defeated the most in school's history.

Men'sWomen's
vs Georgia Tech58 winsvs Tennessee27 wins
vs Kentucky43 winsvs South Carolina24 wins
vs Clemson35 winsvs North Carolina20 wins
vs Emory34 winsvs Emory19 wins
vs South Carolina25 winsvs Alabama 18 wins
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL
In a losing effort, former Bulldog Charles Johnson had a big day going against the team from his home state, the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers' defensive end had 5 tackles including 2 for a loss and a pass breakup. Having big games vs the Falcons is nothing new for Johnson. He has now 18 tackles against Atlanta which is the most against any other team (I know he plays the Falcons more than most others, but this includes all other NFC South teams, too). He also has 2 career sacks against Atlanta which is 3rd most against any team. Although he has 2 ½ against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it is actually the Arizona Cardinals where he has done the most damage, terrorizing quarterbacks for 5 career sacks. Johnson also has 5 sacks this season, which ranks him tied for 6th in the NFL. Another player with 5 sacks is another former Bulldog, Richard Seymour. Both have 1 more than another Bulldog Chris Clemons.
BULLDOGS IN THE CFL
(Statistically) Speaking of sacks,former Bulldog Marcus Howard registered another huge game north of the border as his Edmonton Eskimos defeated another Bulldog, Terrence Edwards, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Howard grabbed 3 tackles and had 2 sacks in the victory. Howard, who missed the first 5 games of the season, now has 9 sacks on the season. Those 9 are a team-lead and ranks him 5th currently among the CFL leaders. In an odd stat, he only has 13 tackles on the season in which 9 have been sacks. And in case you are wondering from Athens, Georgia is just 2,394 miles away from Edmonton. So if you are looking something to do in the off week, maybe go visit him. I am sure he misses seeing the Bulldog Nation.
BULLDOGS IN BASEBALL (MLB)
Former Bulldog Mitchell Boggs will have a chance to pitch in his first World Series game as his St. Louis Cardinals face the Texas Rangers. Boggs has pitched in 6 career playoff games but never the Fall Classic. One former Bulldog that has played in the World Series is the great Spud Chandler. Spurgeon had an incredible career going 109-43 for the New York Yankees back in the 1930s and 1940s and his team won 3 Championships. In 1943, he had one of the greatest seasons ever. The right-hander went 20-4 on the season with a 1.64 ERA and in the World Series he went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA. Throughout his career in World Series action he went a combined 2-2 with a 1.62 ERA. The 1.62 ERA is 7th best all-time by pitchers making at least 4 career World Series starts. Many names on the top-7 list are some of the best pitchers to ever play the game. Here is this list.

Sandy Koufax0.95 ERA
Monte Pearson1.01 ERA
Christy Mathewson1.06 ERA
Eddie Plank1.32 ERA
Wild Bill Hallahan1.36 ERA
George Earnshaw1.58 ERA
Spud Chandler1.62 ERA


(of these Koufax, Mathewson and Plank are all in the Hall of Fame)
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