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Nov. 7, 2013

by Dave McMahon
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How 'Bout Them Dawgs! Georgia got off to a great start against the hated Florida Gators and held a 23-3 lead at halftime. The game got a little close in the 2nd half, a little too close. But several Bulldogs made big plays in the 4th quarter and the Dawgs held on to a 23-20 victory. Players like Garrison Smith and Corey Moore on defense as well as Brendan Douglas and Rhett McGowan on offense really shined. The win gave Georgia their 3rd straight over Florida. It is the first 3-game win streak against this conference foe since 1987 to 1989. The win also keeps the Dawgs in the hunt for the SEC East. The next opponent is Appalachian State. This is the first time that the Bulldogs have faced the Mountaineers. It is also Homecoming so there will be a lot of extra events going, but Georgia has to remain focused. So while the team is focused, I will think of a lot of extra stuff.

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 ---

As I mentioned above the game was really close. Georgia has had a lot of those this season. In fact in the Bulldogs first 8 games, five have been decided by four or less. That is tied for the most by a FBS team this season. Here are the top four teams in terms of games decided by four or less.

Georgia5 games (3-2 record)
South Alabama5 games (1-4 record)
Notre Dame4 games (4-0 record)
Rutgers4 games (3-1 record)


Georgia on Homecoming has done extremely well. The Bulldogs are 72-17-2 in these games and Mark Richt is 11-1. Here are the three high point games and three lowest opponent point games under Mark Richt in Homecoming.

HighestLowest
63 - 2011 vs New Mexico State0 - 2009 vs Tennessee Tech
48 - 2002 vs Vanderbilt0 - 2010 vs Vanderbilt
44 - 2007 vs Troy3 - 2004 vs Vanderbilt


The 63 points was the most points Georgia has scored in a Homecoming since Homecoming stats were kept in 1922. Of course zero is the lowest. In fact Georgia has shut out their opponent 23 times on this festive game.

Aaron Murray is still one touchdown pass away from tying the conference record for most career TD passes. I have broken down Murray since different ways in previous articles. One way I haven't done yet is breaking him down in quarters. So here are Murray's career touchdown passes by each quarter of games. He has yet to throw one in any overtimes.

1st quarter24 TD passes
2nd quarter43 TD passes
3rd quarter26 TD passes
4th quarter20 TD passes


How great was it to have Todd Gurley back in the game. Gurley had 100 yards rushing and 87 yards receiving. He also had 87 yards receiving. He also had a touchdown both ways as well. It was the 2nd time in his career where he had a touchdown rush and touchdown reception in the same game. The other was against South Carolina earlier this season. (earlier this season I listed all the times a Georgia player has done that feat under Mark Richt)

He had a 73-yard touchdown reception in the 1st quarter. It was the longest reception of his career and the 2nd longest by any running back under Mark Richt. Here are the top four.

Tyson Browning93 yards2003 vs LSU
Todd Gurley73 yards2013 vs Florida
Keith Marshall48 yards2013 vs South Carolina
Verron Haynes46 yards2001 vs Kentucky


Receiving yards is not Gurley's strength. Rushing yards are and once again Gurley went over the century mark. That was his 12th career game accomplishing that feat. Here is Georgia's all-time top four in this category.

Herschel Walker28 games
Garrison Hearst16 games
Knowshon Moreno13 games
Todd Gurley12 games


Gurley led the Dawgs in both rushing and receiving yards in the game. He was the first Bulldog to do that in a game. The funny stat that I found was the last two times this happened was in the year 2000. Terrence Edwards did in on December 24, 2000 in the O'ahu Bowl. Less than 12 months earlier on January 1, 2000 (1999 season), Terrence Edwards did it in the Outback Bowl.

Gurley also has 1,935 career rushing yards. He needs another 65 to reach 2,000 and become only the 14th player in Bulldog history to do this. Here are the players he is around.

11 - Tim Worley2,038 yards
12 - Robert Edwards2,033 yards
13 - Glynn Harrison2,031 yards
14 - Jimmy Poulos1,991 yards
15 - Todd Gurley1,935 yards


On paper Rhett McGowan had a nice little 7-yard grab in the 4th quarter. For Bulldog fans, it may be the greatest seven-yard reception ever! McGowan gave extra efforts and stretches and reached for the first down and got with just over two minutes left. He made a big catch in the first half as well. That is all that McGowan seems to do is make big plays. Here are his career receptions and how many went for first downs.

Freshman season1 reception1 first down
Sophomore season7 receptions6 first downs
Junior season12 receptions8 first downs
Senior season10 receptions8 first downs
Total30 receptions23 first downs


Garrison Smith showed leadership on the sidelines, by barking out inspiration to his fellow teammates. On the field he was a leader as well. As he registered nine tackles and 2 ½ sacks. Both of these stats were career-highs. In the past he saved his big tackle games for his in-state rival. He had 8 tackles vs Georgia Tech in 2012 and 7 tackles vs the Yellow Jackets in 2011. He also had seven against Georgia Southern and Ole Miss last season.

Leonard Floyd also notched a half sack in the game. That makes 4 ½ sacks on the season. He is currently 2nd on the team. He is ½ sack behind Ray Drew, but the 4 ½ is the most in the SEC among freshman. Here are the leaders by freshman sack leaders in the conference.

Leonard Floyd - Georgia4 ½ sacks
A'Shawn Robinson - Alabama4 sacks
Darius Philon - Arkansas3 sacks


On special teams, Marshall Morgan was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals. He is now 13-for-15 in his sophomore season. Last season he was just 8-for-14. It is nothing new for kickers to improve a lot during their sophomore season. Coach Richt mentioned it during his Tuesday press conference how conditions are very different in high school compared to college in kicking and sometimes it takes a full season. Here are some notable kickers that Georgia has had in the past and how they did their freshman and sophomore season.

As FreshmenAs Sophomores
Kevin Butler19-26 (73.1)17-21 (81.0)
Allan Levitt8-19 (42.1)7-9 (77.8)
Rex Robinson10-20 (50.0)15-17 (88.2)
Blair Walsh15-23 (65.2)20-22 (90.9)


SOCCER ---

Georgia was eliminated earlier this week in the SEC Tournament in a loss against South Carolina. The Bulldogs are currently 12-7-1 and will have to wait to Monday afternoon to find out if they made the NCAA Tournament. Georgia was shut out in the last game so freshman Marion Crowder could not add to her goal total. Her 11 goals is one behind the Georgia freshman record held by Carrie Patterson's total set in 2006. Entering the SEC Tournament she was 7th in the conference in goals. The Mississippi native is also near the top of the school's single-season scoring mark. Here is that list.

Stephanie Yarem199718 goals
Alexa Newfield201116 goals
Jessica Winton200316 goals
Many Aiken199814 goals
Carrie Patterson200713 goals
Ali Williams200513 goals
Carrie Patterson200612 goals
Marion Crowder201311 goals
Carrie Patterson200911 goals
Tricia McKee200211 goals


VOLLEYBALL ---

Georgia played only one match last weekend, but it was a victory! The Bulldogs went on the road and they defeated Tennessee 3-1. It was their first win Knoxville since 2001. Lizzy Stemke's team is now 17-7 and 7-5 in SEC action. Georgia has not reached 18 wins in a season since 2004. The season still is at least a few more weeks left so that number is easily in reach. Other totals are as well. Here are top win totals since 1995.

199521 wins
199720 wins
200220 wins
200318 wins
200418 wins
201317 wins and counting
3 others with17


Georgia has home matches on Friday against LSU and Sunday against South Carolina.

MEN'S BASKETBALL --

Mark Fox and this season's hoop team are ready to begin another season. This week they had an exhibition against UNC-Pembroke. The Bulldogs won as four Dawgs scored in double-figures in the 81-69 victory. A bigger number was the rebound differential. The Braves were not that tall, but you wouldn't say the Bulldogs are tall either. Georgia out-rebounded UNC-Pembroke 52-23 in the contest. Last season the Bulldogs averaged 35.4 rebounds a game compared to their opponents 32.9. Here are the top four rebound differentials by the Bulldogs last season.

Against Iona48/2622 differential
Against Ole Miss45/3015 differential
Against LSU48/3414 differential
Against Mercer35/2510 differential


Georgia begins the regular season with a home game against Wofford on Friday and don't forget next Friday against in-state rival Georgia Tech. Andy Landers and the women's team begin their season on Sunday against Presbyterian.

BULLDOGS IN THE NBA ---

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is fairing quite well in first few weeks in professional basketball. KCP has played in games for the Detroit Pistons and has scored 9, 13 and 5 points in his first three games of action. The 13 came against the Memphis Grizzlies and that is also where he drained his first three-pointer. He is currently 5th in terms of points per game by NBA rookies. Here are the top five.

Michael Carter-Williams76ers19.8 points/game
Victor OladipoMagic13.2 points/game
Ben McLemoreKings10.0 points/game
Nate WoltersBucks9.8 points/game
Kentavious Caldwell-PopePistons9.0 points/game


BULLDOGS IN THE CFL ---

We go north of the border to the Great White North first to see a former Bulldog great. Rennie Curran of the Edmonton Eskimos had a great game last week. Curran was named CFL Defensive Player of the Week after his 11 tackle, 1 interception performance against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He is 10th in the CFL with 70 tackles this season. Also, this was his 2nd career interception, but this one he returned 56 yards for a touchdown. There have been 10 pick sixes this season in the CFL and two were by former Bulldogs. The other was Kiante Tripp were returned an interception 54 yards and a score for the Toronto Argonauts.

BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---

A.J. Green just keeps up putting up huge numbers for the Cincinnati Bengals. Last week against the Miami Dolphins he caught a career-high 11 receptions for 128 yards. It was his 4th straight game with over 100 yards receiving. He has 862 on the season which currently leads the NFL. Right now that total is good for 14th for the most receiving yards by a former Bulldog in the NFL and there are still seven games left on his schedule. The all-time record is held by A.J. Green himself for his total last season. Here are the top five marks.

A.J. GreenBengals1,350 yards in 2012
Hines WardSteelers1,329 yards in 2002
Hines WardSteelers1,167 yards in 2009
Hines WardSteelers1,163 yards in 2003
A.J. GreenBengals1,057 yards in 2011


Everyone expected that from A.J. Green when he left college, but not as many expected Marlon Brown to have this much success this early. Last week, Brown had a career-high 5 receptions for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns. The pair of scores gives him 5 this season. The 5 ties him for the most TD receptions scored by a rookie this season. Here are those top five.

Marlon BrownRavens5 TD receptions
Joseph FauriaLions5 TD receptions
Aaron DobsonPatriots4 TD receptions
Kenbrell ThompkinsPatriots4 TD receptions
Terrance WilliamsCowboys4 TD receptions


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