Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Oct. 26, 2012

by Dave McMahon

Georgia/Florida week! It's always big and always important and this season it can be one of the most big (did I really write most big??) and it is one of the most important! If the Bulldogs win, they'll control their own fate in the SEC East. It will be tough - Florida is ranked #2 in the current BCS poll. I remember back in 1985 when Florida was ranked #1 in the polls. Georgia was led by two freshmen running backs that season as well. The Dawgs dominated that game 24 to 3. So who knows what will happen? That is why we will watch and/or listen or read about all the action.

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 and for even more statistical insights you can follow me on twitter @dave_mc_stats.

And now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

This is the 91st meeting between the Bulldogs and Gators (even though Florida says it's the 90th.) The majority of the games have been played in Jacksonville, but they haven't all been played there. Recently two games were played at the school's home sites during the years when the stadium was under renovation for the Jaguars. Games were played in other sites as well. Here's Georgia's record against Florida in each site this game was played at.

UGA Record

Last Meeting
Jacksonville, Florida
Athens, Georgia4-11995
Savannah, Georgia0-1-11930
Gainesville, Florida1-11994
Tampa, Florida1-01919
Macon, Georgia1-01904

Aaron Murray had a huge game vs Kentucky. He completed 30 of 38 passes for 427 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was also named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. The 30 completions were the most since Cory Phillips vs Georgia Tech in 2000. That was before Mark Richt was in charge. Here are the top-5 most completions in a game under Mark Richt.

Aaron Murray
2012 vs Kentucky
30 completions
David Greene 2004 vs Purdue (2003 season) 27
David Greene2002 vs Northwestern State 26
David Greene2001 vs Florida25
Matthew Stafford2008 vs Tennessee25

The 427 yards passing was the 4th most in Georgia history, no matter who the head coach was. Here is the Top 5.

Eric Zeier1993 vs Southern Miss544 yards
Eric Zeier1994 vs South Carolina485
Eric Zeier1994 vs Vanderbilt441
Aaron Murray2012 vs Kentucky427
Eric Zeier1993 vs Auburn426

In this past game against Kentucky, Murray broke the Georgia all-time record for most career touchdown passes with 75, passing (pun intended - GET IT?) David Greene. He also passed another Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier in another category (most games with 4 or more touchdown passes.) Here are players that have at least 4 or more touchdown passes at least twice in Georgia history.

Aaron Murray5 times
Eric Zeier 4
David Greene 3
D.J. Shockley 2

Since Murray had a great game it is obvious that some of the wide receivers had great games. Two of the receivers that did were Tavarres King and Malcolm Mitchell. Both of these Bulldogs had nine receptions. That many receptions have happened just six times under Mark Richt. Here are those times.

Michael Johnson 2002 vs Auburn 13 receptions
Mohamed Massaquoi 2008 vs Georgia Tech 11
Fred Gibson 2001 vs Kentucky 9
A.J. Green 2010 vs Auburn 9
Tavarres King 2012 vs Kentucky 9
Malcolm Mitchell 2012 vs Kentucky 9

The 188 receiving yards by King is in the top-10 all-time by a Georgia player in a single game. King is also number one on that list. Here is that top-10 list.

Tavarres King 2012 vs Michigan State (2011 season) 205 yards
Fred Gibson 2001 vs Kentucky 201
Lamar Davis 1942 vs Cincinnati 198
Terrence Edwards 1999 vs Utah State 196
Pat Hodgson 1963 vs Miami 192
Mohamed Massaquoi 2008 vs Kentucky 191
Hason Graham 1994 vs South Carolina 188
Tavarres King 2012 vs Kentucky 188
Hines Ward 1996 vs South Carolina 184
Mohamed Massaquoi 2008 vs Georgia Tech 180

Volleyball ---

The Georgia volleyball team dominated Missouri on Wednesday and swept the Tigers 3-0. That's revenge for their earlier meeting this season, when the Bulldogs were swept 3-0 back on September 30th. It was the 4th straight conference win for Lizzy Stemke's bunch. It was also the 7th time Georgia had a 3-0 sweep (last season, Georgia had just 4.) Here are those seven times.

August 25th vs Troy
August 26th vs Georgia State
August 31st vs Florida International
August 31st vs Florida A&M
October 12th vs Auburn
October 21st vs Alabama
October 24th vs Missouri

Soccer ---

Georgia concluded their season on Thursday with a loss to Tennessee in Knoxville 3-2. Goalkeeper Ashley Baker added 9 saves to her already impressive total and ends with 112 saves on the season, That's the 4th highest total by any Bulldog in a season. She also ends with 305 career saves and is 1 of just 4 Bulldogs to reach 300 in a career. Here are the top-5 single-season save numbers by a Georgia Bulldog.

Nicole Williams 1999 170 saves
Nicole Williams 2000 122
Michelle Betos 2008 117
Ashley Baker 2012 112
Ashley Lindley 2002 109

Bulldogs on the Tour ---

In August, Russell Henley was ranked 88th in earnings. Since then, he has had six top 10 finishes, including wins in two of the last three tournaments. Earlier he won the Chiquita Classic, and last week winning the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open Presented by Planters. With one more tournament remaining, Henley currently stands in 3rd place on the money list.

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

With Ray Lewis out of the lineup for the Ravens, former Bulldog Dannell Ellerbe will be one of the main players that Baltimore will look for to make some tackles. Ellerbe stepped up last week, racking up a career-high 12 stops against the Houston Texans. Since 1994, a former Bulldog has notched 12 or more tackles in a NFL game 30 times. Randall Godfrey had the most with 17, but here is the amount of times each player had at least 12. Some of these players could have had more than 12 before 1994, but I couldn't get that info (sorry.)

Will Witherspoon 7 times
Randall Godfey 6
Mo Lewis 5
Champ Bailey 2
Todd Peterson 2
Thomas Davis 2
Jermaine Phillips 2
Sean Jones 2
Terry Hoage 1
Boss Bailey 1
Reshad Jones 1
Dannell Ellerbe 1

Drew Butler has continued his kicking, and is now punting for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last week he punted twice for an average of 47 yards which included a 55-yard blast. Butler is just a rookie, but it made me wonder which former Bulldogs have the most career punts in the NFL. Here is the top-5. (I can go back further than tackles, all the way to 1939.)

Bobby Walden 974 career punts
Spike Jones 592
Bucky Dilts 285
Joe Geri 200
Charley Trippi 196

Bulldogs in the Majors ---

The World Series is underway and the Detroit Tigers are taking on the San Francisco Giants. There are no Bulldogs on these rosters, but there is a historical connection dating back over 100 years. Hughie Jennings led the Tigers to their first three World Series (1907-09.) Detroit lost them all, and Jennings not only managed, but he played a little as well. Earlier in his major league career he had another job on the side-he was the first official head coach for the Georgia baseball team. He was the Bulldog head coach from 1895 to 1899.



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