Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon
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Nov. 9, 2012

The game against Ole Miss was a little scary in the beginning. The Bulldogs trailed 10-0 early on before rattling off 37 straight points for the big victory. Now Georgia needs a win against Auburn in order to represent the East in the SEC Championship later this season in Atlanta. The Tigers have struggled this season, but nothing is easy when it comes to the oldest rivalry in the Deep South. This matchup started in 1892 and was Georgia's 2nd game ever played. It was so long ag that the President of the United States at that time was Benjamin Harrison (I am not sure if I would have voted for him or not.)

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.

And now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

I mentioned above that first meeting between Georgia and Auburn was Georgia's 2nd ever game, but here is something I bet that majority of you did not know -that game was played on February 20th and is the only game Georgia has ever played in the month of February. Since Auburn won, maybe the Dawgs should schedule another game on that date so they can have at least a .500 record in that month (just a thought.)

Of course that is just one out of the 115 meetings that have been played so far. It is the most games that Georgia and an opponent have ever played. Here are the top-5 teams according to total matchups that Georgia has played-

Auburn115 games (116th on Saturday)
Georgia Tech104 (105th coming on 11/24)
Florida91
Vanderbilt73
Kentucky66

Most Georgia fans remember that Georgia and Auburn played in the first ever overtime game in SEC history. That epic meeting happened in 1996 and the Bulldogs won in four overtimes. Current Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo led the Dawgs into overtime with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Corey Allen on the final play of regulation. In overtime Robert Edwards took over and Torin Kirtsey put the finishing touches and the Bulldogs were winners. Now that overtime is added there will be no more ties (unless something crazy happens.) So I decided to look at the top-5 teams that Georgia has tied all-time and look who is first.

Auburn8 ties
Georgia Tech5
Alabama4
Clemson4
Virginia3

Before I move too much ahead I want to look back. In the game vs Ole Miss, quarterback Aaron Murray had four touchdown passes and zero interceptions, and threw for 384 yards. Murray was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his work. He now has 80 career touchdown passes which extends the career record for a Georgia quarterback. It is also the 6th most by any quarterback in the conference. Here is that list:

Danny Wuerffel114 TD passes
Peyton Manning89
Chris Leak88
Tim Tebow88
Eli Manning81
Aaron Murray80

The four TD passes in a game is nothing new for Murray. It's the 6th time he has had at least that many in his career. He is tied for 6th on the active list for most career games with at least four TD passes. Here is that list.

Matt Barkley11Alex Carder7
Landry Jones11Aaron Murray6
Geno Smith9Derek Carr6
Tyler Bray8Seth Doege6

The dynamic freshmen duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are still running the ball well. With their efforts against Ole Miss both of these players now have over 500 rush yards on the season. Georgia is 1 of just 3 SEC teams with two players with over 500 rush yards this season. Here are those teams and those players.

GeorgiaTodd Gurley857Keith Marshall520
AlabamaT.J. Yeldon725Eddie Lacy679
Texas A&MJohnny Manziel922Ben Malena637

Unfortunately, Senior Marlon Brown, who was having a terrific game, injured his left knee and will have season (and in this case Georgia career) ending surgery. There is a play that I remember which will make him a great Georgia Bulldog that might not show up in the box score. In 2010, against Georgia Tech with the Bulldogs clinging to a 1-point lead against the hated Yellow Jackets, there was a fumble on a kickoff in the 4th quarter that Marlon Brown picked up in Georgia's territory. If Georgia Tech recovered the ball, who knows what would have happened?

Anyway I decided to give you a list of Marlon Brown's best games according to statistics.

Most receptions and receiving yards in a game by Marlon Brown

2012 at Missouri8 receptions2011 at Vanderbilt121 rec yards
2012 vs Vanderbilt52012 vs Vanderbilt114
2011 at Vanderbilt42012 vs Ole Miss113
2012 at Kentucky42012 at Missouri106

Marlon Brown was 1 of 11 Bulldogs that caught at least one pass in the game vs Ole Miss. It was the 7th time this season that a SEC team had a game where 11 players or more caught a pass for a team in a single game. Here are those times.

Texas A&M vs Arkansas12 players
Georgia vs Ole Miss11
South Carolina vs Florida11
Tennessee vs Akron11
Kentucky vs Western Kentucky11
South Carolina vs East Carolina11
Kentucky vs Louisville11

Defensively, Georgia dominated the Rebels. In fact, the Bulldogs defense had more points than Ole Miss's offense in the second half. Georgia shut out the Rebs and scored on a safety when Alec Ogletree tackled running back Jeff Scott in the endzone. It was Georgia's 7th safety in the Mark Richt era. Here are those seven times.

2012 vs Ole Miss
2012 vs Michigan State (2011 season)
2010 vs Vanderbilt
2009 vs Tennessee
2006 vs South Carolina
2004 vs Vanderbilt
2002 vs Tennessee

Women's Swimming and Diving ---

Recently Laura Ryan and Melanie Margalis were chosen SEC Athletes of the Week. Ironically in a sport that deals with liquid, both of these student athletes come from hometowns with water in their names. Ryan is a diver from Elk River and Margalis is a swimmer from Clearwater. Elk River is in bitter cold Minnesota while Clearwater is under the sunny skies of Florida.

Bulldogs in the NBA ---

The NBA season just started and former Dawg Damien Wilkins is currently a guard/forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. It is his 6th different team in the last 6 seasons (technically it is only 5, but I am counting the Seattle SuperSonics and the Oklahoma City Thunder as two different teams.) This is Wilkins' 9th season in the NBA which the tied for the 4th most by a former Bulldog. The most amount of seasons is by his uncle Dominique. Here is that top-5 list.

Dominique Wilkins15 seasons
Vern Fleming12
Shandon Anderson10
Damien Wilkins9
Willie Anderson9

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

Last Sunday the Denver Broncos played the Cincinnati Bengals. It looks like a normal AFC matchup, but looking closer you can see it had a head-to-head battle between two former Georgia greats. Cornerback Champ Bailey and Wide Receiver A.J. Green would go against each other, and both players would not disappoint. Bailey had an interception while Green caught a touchdown pass.

A closer look at the interception showed that it was Bailey's first pick of the season, but the 51st of his career. 51 is the most by any Bulldog in the NFL. It is also the 3rd most by any active player in the league. Here are the top-5 active NFL players in terms of interceptions.

Ed Reed60 career interceptions
Charles Woodson55
Champ Bailey51
Asante Samuel46
Ronde Barber46

Quarterback Matthew Stafford doesn't like interceptions. He likes completions, touchdown passes and passing yards. This past game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Stafford went over the 10,000 mark in career passing yards. In his 37th career game, the Detroit Lion became the 2nd quickest to reach the five-digit mark. Here is a list of quarterbacks who reached 10,000 in the fewest number of games.

Kurt Warner36 career games
Matthew Stafford37
Dan Marino38
Marc Bulger38
Peyton Manning39

Bulldogs on the Screen ---

Recently I heard that former Georgia Running Back/Quarterback/Wide Receiver/Returner and future Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward was going to be on the hit show "Walking Dead". He will be a zombie on the show. It got me thinking about former Georgia football players that have been on the TV or Movie screen. This is not a complete list, but just the former football players I can think of (if you can think of more, please tweet me @dave_mc_stats).

Hines WardDancing with the Stars (season 12)
Walking Dead
The Dark Knight Rises
Herschel WalkerThe Apprentice (season 8)
Necessary Roughness
Fran TarkentonThat's Incredible
Saturday Night Live (January 29, 1977)
Bill GoldbergReady to Rumble
The Longest Yard (newer version)
Garage Mahal
Billy BennettWe Are Marshall
Hap HinesWe Are Marshall
Dave WilliamsWe Are Marshall
Mark RichtFacing the Giants
Robert "IronE" SingletonWalking Dead
Blind Side
Lottery Ticket

Election Day ---

I mentioned a little about Benjamin Harrison earlier. To make this article go full circle, without getting too political, I once did an article about U.S. Presidents and their correlation to former and current Georgia football players. I still like to wonder what happened to my favorite Bulldog with a presidential name... Millard Fillmore Carter whose name is combination of the 13th and 39th presidents. The former Bulldog played on the 1939 Georgia football team.

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