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Oct. 24, 2013

by Dave McMahon
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Ouch! This one was difficult. The Bulldog Nation knows it, but more importantly so do the players and coaches. It is time to learn from mistakes, correct them and move forward. The off week is a good time to learn and there is another week to go before meeting one of the team's arch rivals, the Florida Gators. Whoever is writing their version of statistically speaking can basically copy what I wrote up top in their article (but I am sure it won't be as good.)

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 ---

For the second time this season Aaron Murray did not have a touchdown pass in the game. He is still two touchdowns shy of tying the record for most career touchdown passes by a SEC quarterback. He did have two touchdown runs. It was the third time in his career that he had two touchdown rushes in a game. Here are those three times.

2010 vs Tennessee(35 yards and 5 yards)
2012 vs Florida Atlantic (1 yard and 1 yard)
2013 vs Vanderbilt(1 yard and 2 yards)


Murray is the only quarterback under Richt that has multi-touchdown runs in a game. He now has five touchdown rushes this season which is the most touchdown rushes in a season by a quarterback under Mark Richt. (I did a career one, a few weeks back if you want to find it) Here is the single-season list.

Aaron Murray20135 TD rushes
Aaron Murray20104 TD rushes
D.J. Shockley20054 TD rushes
Aaron Murray20123 TD rushes
Matthew Stafford20063 TD rushes


As for active SEC leaders in this category, Murray is tied for third in career touchdown rushes. Number one in this category probably doesn't surprise you.

Johnny ManzielTexas A&M27 TD rushes
James FranklinMissouri20 TD rushes
Aaron MurrayGeorgia14 TD rushes
Connor ShawSouth Carolina14 TD rushes
Dak PrescottMississippi State12 TD rushes


Word is that Todd Gurley is practicing again. In his place was Keith Marshall and then he got hurt. Freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas looked very good majority of the time for the Dawgs. It is tough for true freshmen to run in the SEC, but these guys put up some pretty impressive numbers. Georgia is fourth in the FBS this season in combined rush yards by all true freshman. Here are the top five teams.

Arkansas821 rush yards
UTEP694 rush yards
Pittsburgh540 rush yards
Georgia531 rush yards
Temple453 rush yards


Defensively Georgia made some interceptions. They had one coming into the Vanderbilt game and against the Commodores they had two. One of them came by true freshman Shaq Wiggins. Wiggins returned his first career pick into a 39-yard touchdown. Here are all the players that have pick sixes for the Bulldogs under Mark Richt.

Bacarri Rambo3 INT return for TD
Darryl Gamble2 (both in one game)
Tim Jennings2
Tra Battle1
Vance Cuff1
Kentrell Curry1
Demarcus Dobbs1
Jakar Hamilton1
Amarlo Herrera1
Jermaine Phillips1
David Pollack1
Tony Taylor1
Bruce Thornton1
Odell Thurman1
Tim Wansley1
Shaq Wiggins1


Also in the game, Jordan Jenkins added two sacks which gives him three on the season. He is one of three Bulldogs that have at least three this season. Ray Drew's five and Leonard Floyd's four are the other two players. Georgia is tied for fifth in the FBS for most different players with at least three sacks this season. Here are those teams.

Virginia Tech6 players
Stanford4 players
Southern Cal4 players
Arkansas4 players
Georgia3 players
9 other teams3 players


SOCCER ---

Georgia went 1-1 this past week. The Bulldogs shut out Mississippi State 5-0 and then fell to Texas A&M 2-1. The Aggies came in ranked 24th and winners of six straight by the combined score of 23 to 5 in those games, so it was moral victory for the Bulldogs. Real victories are better than moral victories 99.9 percent of the time. So I will talk about the Mississippi State victory instead.

The five goals scored is the tied for third for the most amount of goals scored by Georgia against a conference opponent. Here are the highest ever.

2003 vs Arkansas7 goals
2001 vs Arkansas6 goals
1996 vs Ole Miss5 goals
1998 vs Arkansas5 goals
2001 vs LSU5 goals
2002 vs Kentucky5 goals
2006 vs Alabama5 goals
2013 vs Mississippi State5 goals


Steve Holeman and his bunch travel to LSU for a game on Friday and then Arkansas for a Sunday tilt.

VOLLEYBALL ---

Lizzy Stemke already played once this week and what a great game it was! The volleyball team defeated 15th ranked Kentucky in five grueling sets. Georgia defeated a top 15 team for the first time since 2008. It was also the first win for Georgia over Kentucky since 2004. The match went five full sets and the fifth set went 23-21. The fifth set alone had 11 ties and six lead changes. Both teams had some amazing points and several match points as well, but at the end it was the Dawgs who won. The Bulldogs are now 9-0 at home this season (including this one which was played at Stegeman.) The nine wins is the most under Lizzy Stemke and there are several more home games to go. Here are the home record over the last three seasons.

20139-0
20128-6
20118-6


The Volleyball remains at home for home games against Alabama on Friday and Mississippi State on Sunday.

Before I move to the NFL section I want to give a shout out to the Number One ranked Equestrian team, to Silvia Garcia who won the ITA Southeast Regional singles championship and to Ann-Perry Blank who was chosen the SEC Female Diver of the Week. I just couldn't think of a unique angle to write about them that hasn't been said already by the Sports Communication Staff. But I will down the road!

BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---

A.J. Green had another monster game for the Bengals. Green had six receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown against the Lions. His touchdown happened in the first quarter as he went 82 yards for the score. The 82 yards was his longest of his career. Here are his top five longest NFL catches.

2013 vs Lions82 yards
2012 vs Redskins73 yards
2011 vs Bills58 yards
2012 vs Browns57 yards
2012 vs Giants56 yards


His longest for Georgia was 65 yards against Vanderbilt in 2009.

I mentioned sacks by current Bulldogs above. Well the former Bulldogs are making sacks as well. Justin Houston is one of main reasons why the Chiefs are still undefeated. Houston is tied for 2nd in the NFL with 10 sacks. Last season Geno Atkins and Charles Johnson were tied for 6th in the NFL while Chris Clemons was tied for 9th. Here are the former Georgia players that have sacks this season in the NFL.

Justin HoustonChiefs10 sacks
Geno AtkinsBengals 4 sacks
Charles JohnsonPanthers 4 sacks
Chris ClemonsSeahawks3 ½ sacks
Thomas DavisPanthers 3 sacks
Akeem DentFalcons1 ½ sacks
Reshad JonesDolphins1 ½ sacks
Jarius WynnCowboys1 ½ sacks
Bacarri RamboRedskins 1 sack


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