Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Nov. 9, 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 checkout the individual sport and game you are looking for on

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As Georgia faces Auburn in the next installment of The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry I look at some of the vitals to this match-up. We all know that in this tight series, Auburn leads overall 54-52-8 in games and they have been playing against each other since 1892. It was also Georgia's 2nd game ever and Auburn's 1st ever game. The game was played in Atlanta at Piedmont Park. But do you know that Atlanta is just 1 of 7 different cities or towns this game has been played? Here are all of them and who leads the series in each site.

In Columbus, Georgia39 gamesGeorgia leads 21-16-2
In Athens, Georgia29 gamesAuburn leads 18-11
In Auburn, Alabama26 gamesGeorgia leads 14-10-2
In Atlanta, Georgia12 gamesAuburn leads 5-4-3
In Macon, Georgia4 gamesseries tied 2-2
In Savannah, Georgia2 gamesAuburn leads 1-0-1
In Montgomery, Alabama2 gamesAuburn leads 2-0

The 52 wins Georgia has against Auburn is currently tied for 2nd for most wins against any team. Here are the top 3.

vs Georgia Tech - 61 wins
vs Auburn - 52 wins
vs Vanderbilt - 52 wins

The 8 ties is also the most against any team. Now under current rules, Georgia will not have any more ties due to overtime (Georgia and Auburn played the first ever overtime game in SEC history back in 1996). But in case you are curious, here are the top teams that Georgia has the most ties with.

vs Auburn - 8 ties
vs Georgia Tech - 5 ties
vs Alabama - 4 ties
vs Clemson - 4 ties

This season's match-up is on CBS Sports. Earlier this season, CBS televised the Bulldog victory over the Florida Gators and overall this network has televised the 2nd most Georgia games. Here are the top 3 stations that have covered the Dawgs and what they are in those games.

ABC Sports70 games43-25-2
CBS Sports66 games37-28-1
ESPN56 games27-28-1

Now taking a look back, Georgia had a good time last week playing against New Mexico State. The 63 points were the most for a Mark Richt team and so was the 627 yards. Here are the top 3 in each category.

2011vs New Mexico State63 points
2004at Kentucky62 points
2011vs Coastal Carolina59 points

2011vs New Mexico State627 yards
2002vs Vanderbilt606 yards
2001vs Arkansas State598 yards ***

*** Mark Richt's first game as Georgia Head Coach

Also it was the most points Georgia scored in any homecoming game. Here are the top 3.

2011vs New Mexico State63 points
1988vs William and Mary59 points
1985vs Tulane58 points

One major thing that Georgia did well is committing only 1 penalty in the game. That came in the 4th quarter when the Dawgs had an illegal formation penalty during a punt. That was the 2nd time Georgia had just 1 penalty in a game under Mark Richt. The other time was against LSU back in 2004. The last time Georgia had zero penalties in a game was in 1997 against Northeast Louisiana.

Georgia has also done well this season in the rush yards per game allowed category. The 91.1 rush yards per game allowed is the lowest under Mark Richt and is the 3rd lowest in team's history since 1950. (I know you can't get rid of the game, but if you don't count the South Carolina game, Georgia would be averaging a 70.9 rush yards per game allowed). So let's take a look Georgia's 3 best averages since 1950.

1981 - 72.5 rush yards per game allowed ***
1971 - 89.8 rush yards per game allowed ***
2011 - 91.1 rush yards per game allowed

*** led SEC (Georgia is currently 3rd in the conference in the category)

In rush yards per attempt allowed. Georgia is allowing 3.0 rush yards per attempt (once again you can't, but if you take away the South Carolina game the Dawgs average would go down to 2.4). The 3 best under Mark Richt are all 3.0, but if you break them down further you will see this season is the best so far.

2011820 rush yards277 attempts2.9602 rush yds/att
20021,596 rush yards524 attempts3.0458 rush yds/att
20041,283 rush yards421 attempts3.0475 rush yds/att

Individually Aaron Murray continues to climb the charts in several categories. He has 24 TD passes this season which is one short of the team record held by Matthew Stafford in 2008, but in the last game he threw for 5 TD passes (actually they were all in the 2nd quarter). The 5 TD passes in a game by a Georgia Bulldog has happened 5 times now. Here are those 5 games and the players who caught those passes.

2011 Aaron Murray vs New Mexico State (Michael Bennett, Brandon Boykin, Chris Conley, Orson Charles, Aron White)
2009 Joe Cox at Arkansas (Aron White, A.J. Green (2), Tavarres King, Orson Charles)
2008 Matthew Stafford vs Georgia Tech (Tripp Chandler, Mohamed Massaquoi (3), A.J. Green)
2005 D.J. Shockley vs Boise State (Kenneth Harris, Danny Ware, Martrez Milner, Sean Bailey (2))
2004 David Greene vs LSU (Reggie Brown (2), Fred Gibson (2), Sean Bailey)

Aaron Murray is also climbing the charts of the Most TD responsibility as well. Murray has 53 in his career (47 pass, 6 rush) and this past week he passed of all people Herschel Walker who had 52. Here are the top 5 now.

David Greene77
Eric Zeier71
Frank Sinkwich60
Matthew Stafford57
Aaron Murray53

Protecting Aaron Murray has been his offensive lineman and this past week Center Ben Jones won the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. It was the 3rd time he has won the award. He also won it in 2008 vs Kentucky and 2010 vs Vanderbilt.

Currently Tight End Orson Charles is leading the Bulldogs in receptions. In 1968, Georgia started to count tight end a position in their starting offenses. Since then only 7 tight ends have led Georgia in receptions for a season and one player did it 3 times, Richard Appleby. Here are those tight ends.

2006Martrez Milner
2005Leonard Pope
1989Kirk Warner
1984Scott Williams
1982Clarence Kay
1973-75Richard Appleby
1972Bob Burns

Bacarri Rambo had another pick this past week and now is 2nd in the NCAA in interceptions with 6. In the last 20 seasons, Rambo is just the 6th player at Georgia to have 6 interceptions in a season. Here are those players.

Tony Taylor20067 interceptions
Tra Battle20066 interceptions
Tim Wansley20006 interceptions
Kirby Smart19976 interceptions
Carlos Yancy19946 interceptions
Bacarri Rambo20116 interceptions
This week, the National Football Foundation will honor former All-American safety Jake Scott as he will be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame this December. Scott had a Georgia best 16 career interceptions from 1967 to 1968. He had 10 picks in 1968 including 2 against Kentucky that he returned for touchdowns. He is 1 of 3 players for Georgia to have that many in one season. The other two are Terry Hoage with 12 in 1982 and Ben Smith with 10 in 1989.
Georgia begins another season on Friday as they take on Wofford. Things are looking good for Mark Fox's group as they try to improve on a 21-win season and a NCAA appearance from the season before. Mark Fox knows how to begin a season as he is a perfect 2-0 in season openers. Here are the last 6 head coaches the Bulldogs have had since 1978-79 season and how their record in season openers.

Mark Fox2-0
Dennis Felton4-2
Jim Harrick1-3
Ron Jirsa1-1
Tubby Smith2-0
Hugh Durham15-2
Andy Landers and his group of Lady Bulldogs begin their season on Friday as well as they take on TCU. Last season, Georgia defeated the Horned Frogs on a buzzer beater, hopefully it is a little easier this season. Coach Andy Landers has been the Top Dawg of the ladies program since the 1979-80 season and some openers have been easier than others. Here is a look at the top 3 best offensive outputs in season debuts and the 3 best defensive season debuts as well.

1993-94 122 points vs UNC Asheville
1998-99 118 points vs Oral Roberts
1990-91 109 points vs Northeast Louisiana
2008-09 35 points allowed vs Alabama State
2010-11 43 points allowed vs Georgia Southern
1988-89 45 points allowed vs Cincinnati
While the basketball teams are beginning their season, the soccer team enters the NCAA Tournament for the 8th time in school's history. This Sunday they travel to Kansas and take on the Jayhawks. Senior Ashley Miller is the only player on this season's squad that has a goal in NCAA Tournament action. Here are the girls that have scored more than one goal in the history of Georgia in the NCAA Tournament.

Carrie Patterson3 goals (2 in 2007 and 1 in 2009)
Ashley Miller2 goals (2 in 2009)
Lauren Zacharski2 goals (2 in 2001)
Georgia's senior day is this Friday and Lizzy Stemke's bunch has been busy lately. Their last 2 matches have each gone 5 sets. Georgia won against Arkansas and lost against LSU. The Bulldogs have only gone 5 sets a total of 4 times during the season. If you look at seasons since rally scoring began in 2001, the 4 times ranks near the bottom of 5-set matches. Here is that look at each season and the amount of 5-set matches in each season.

Champ Bailey had a huge game against the Oakland Raiders this past week. He had 2 interceptions and a forced fumble in the win. It was his 5th career multi-interception game and his first since 2006. He now has 50 in his career which is 3rd on NFL's active list and tied for 33rd overall. The 50 is now the most by any former Georgia Bulldog though. Ironically he passes Jake Scott who was mentioned above. Here are the top 3.

Champ Bailey50
Jake Scott49
Terry Hoage21

John Kasay is still kicking it and kicking well. The veteran had 2 more field goals last Sunday as now has 451 in his career which is still 6th all-time. He has 18 this season which is 6th in the NFL. He has finished a season in the top-5 in field goals 2 other times. In 2003, he was 4th with 32 field goals and in 1996 he led the NFL with 37. That total was also the 4th most all-time in any season.



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