Statistically Speaking

Nov. 14, 2013

by Dave McMahon
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The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry! Georgia vs Auburn! In my opinion Georgia and their fans are more like Auburn than any of our other rivals. We are very similar in many ways and maybe that's why our overall record with them is tied. Georgia has won 54 and Auburn has won 54 and there have been 8 ties. Georgia has won more there and Auburn has won more here in Athens. Georgia has had former coaches than were Auburn grads most notably Vince Dooley and Erk Russell and some Auburn coaches have been Georgia grads like Pat Dye. Many people have coached both places such as Rodney Garner. Even some players have played in both places including the opposing quarterback Nick Marshall. So Georgia knows Auburn and Auburn knows Georgia. Sometimes UGA, Georgia's mascot has to get involved as in 1996 or maybe a hose incident happens like it did in 1986. So, it may come down to an unexpected play or something they don't know. If you are looking for things you may not know; you came to the right place. Hunker Down One More Time!

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 ---

Like I mentioned above, Georgia and Auburn are the deep south's oldest rivalry. This will be the 117th time the two has faced each other. Auburn was Georgia's 2nd ever opponent back in 1892. There have only been a few seasons that the two haven't faced since the Bulldogs have been a team and some were due to war. Here are those seasons.

1893
1897
1917
1918

Georgia has been great in the series as of late. The Dawgs have won 6 of the last 7 meetings. Overall Mark Richt is 8-4 against Auburn. The most wins against Auburn by a Georgia head coach is 11 and one of those coaches was former Auburn player and assistant coach Vince Dooley. Here is the most wins by a Georgia head coach against Auburn.

Vince Dooley11 wins
Wally Butts11 wins
Mark Richt8 wins
Harry Mehre5 wins
Kid Woodruff5 wins


Georgia comes in ranked 25th and Auburn comes in ranked 7th. The Bulldogs has won their fare share of games when the Tigers come ranked. Here are those wins.

1959#12 Georgia defeats #8 Auburn14-13
1968#5 Georgia defeats #12 Auburn17-3
1970Georgia defeats #8 Auburn31-17
1986Georgia defeats #8 Auburn20-16
1996Georgia defeats #20 Auburn56-49 (4 OT)
2002#7 Georgia defeats #24 Auburn24-21
2006Georgia defeats #5 Auburn37-15
2007#10 Georgia defeats #18 Auburn45-20
2011#14 Georgia defeats #24 Auburn45-7


Aaron Murray finally broke the SEC record for most career touchdown passes. It seems like I have been talking about that for weeks. The senior record holder now has 115 in his career. The team where he has the most career touchdowns against is Auburn and he has only faced the Tigers three times. Here are the top six teams where Murray has the most touchdown passes against.

Against Auburn10 TD passes
Against Georgia Tech9 TD passes
Against South Carolina8 TD passes
Against Florida7 TD passes
Against Tennessee7 TD passes
Against Vanderbilt7 TD passes


Todd Gurley had a modest game against Appalachian State by rushing for 75 yards and scoring a touchdown. With those 75 yards, the sophomore went over 2,000 for his career. Gurley is currently 14th all-time on Georgia's career rush yard list. Here are some of the Bulldogs that he may pass in the near future.

10thMusa Smith2,208 rush yards
11thTim Worley2,038 rush yards
12thRobert Edwards2,033 rush yards
13thGlynn Harrison2,031 rush yards
14thTodd Gurley2,010 rush yards


On the receiving end, Michael Bennett caught the touchdown pass which gave Murray the record. His catch was also Bennett's 12th career touchdown reception. The 12 is good for a tied for 10th place. Here are other people that he is tied for 12th with. One is a Super Bowl MVP and another is one of his current teammates. The other are pretty good themselves.

Sean Bailey
Michael Bennett
Reggie Brown
Chris Conley
Hines Ward

In the game, 13 different Bulldogs caught passes. Of those 13, nine have 10 or less career receptions. Here are some of the excited Dawgs that made their mark.

Reggie Davis10 career receptions
Brendan Douglas10 career receptions
J.J. Green8 career receptions
Quayvon Hicks5 career receptions
Jonathan Rumph4 career receptions
Michael Erdman3 career receptions
Blake Tibbs2 career receptions
Merritt Hall2 career receptions
Kenneth Towns1 career reception


The Kenneth Towns catch was a touchdown thrown by Hutson Mason. It was Mason's first touchdown pass of the season and he first since 2011. He now has four career TD passes. Here are all 4.

2010 vs UL-Lafayette26-yard pass to Logan Gray
2011 vs Coastal Carolina33-yard pass to Orson Charles
2011 vs New Mexico State23-yard pass to Rhett McGowan
2013 vs Appalachian State3-yard pass to Kenneth Towns


The Dawgs defense added three more sacks last week and now have 26 on the season. The 26 is 2nd in the SEC. They offensive line has allowed just 11 sacks on the season which is 4th best in the conference. Their sack differential of +15 is the 3rd best. Here are the top 5.

Missouri34/17+17
Arkansas24/7+17
Georgia26/11+15
Auburn23/10+13
Alabama15/8+7


The 26 sacks have happened in just 9 games. That is an average of 2.9 sacks per game. That is the 4th best in a season under Mark Richt. Here are the top five best sack averages by a Mark Richt season.

200742 sacks in 13 games3.23 sacks per game
200245 sacks in 14 games3.21 sacks per game
200437 sacks in 12 games3.08 sacks per game
201326 sacks in 9 games2.89 sacks per game
200534 sacks in 13 games2.62 sacks per game


SOCCER ---

Unfortunately for Bulldog fans, the soccer season has ended after their loss in the SEC Championship. They finished the season at 12-7-1 which is an improvement of last season's record of 7-11-2. Here are some other things they improved on.

Last SeasonThis Season
Overall wins712
SEC wins35
Home Wins37
Road Wins25
Goals Scored2431
Goals Allowed2322
Shot pct..073.085
Shutouts611


VOLLEYBALL ---

Georgia had another successful week last week as they shutout South Carolina 3-0 at home. They also defeated South Carolina 3-0 in Columbia in early October. Overall Georgia has 8 SEC wins and they still have 4 conference games to go in the regular season. Last season they had 8 SEC wins for the entire season. They have not posted more than 8 since the 2008 season. In volleyball schedules, including conference schedules has been very different throughout the years. So this stat may be a little misleading, but it is still fun to look at especially when you look on all the big things that this team has in its future. Here are the most SEC wins the Georgia volleyball team has had in a season since 1983.

199112 wins
199312 wins
199412 wins
199511 wins
199210 wins
199710 wins
200310 wins
200810 wins
20049 wins
19988 wins
20028 wins
20078 wins
20098 wins
20128 wins
20138 wins


Georgia travels to the Magnolia State as they take on Ole Miss on Friday and Mississippi State on Sunday.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ---

Andy Landers and his group of Lady Bulldogs started off with a win last week against Presbyterian. It was the 12th time in the last 13 seasons that Georgia has won their season opener. Senior Khaalidah Miller did a little bit of everything in the game. She played all 40 minutes, scoring 7 points and got 2 steals. She also tied her career-highs in rebounds with 11 and in assists with 6. Since 2000, only four Lady Bulldogs have had over 10 rebounds and 5 assists without scoring in double-digits. Here are those 4 players.

Ebony Felder2002 vs South Carolina4 pts, 11 reb, 5 ast
Angel Robinson2009 vs Alabama0 pts, 12 reb, 5 ast
Ronika Ransford2010 vs Mercer8 pts, 11 reb, 6 ast
Khaalidah Miller2013 vs Presbyterian7 pts, 11 reb, 6 ast


Georgia's next game is Thursday at home vs Mercer and then on Sunday at home vs Ohio State.

MEN'S BASKETBALL ---

Mark Fox also pulled off a win in their season opener. The Bulldogs defeated Wofford by 20 points in a 72-52 win. Just like in their exhibition win, the Dawgs controlled the boards. They out-rebounded the Terriers 49 to 24. Leading the team was senior Donte' Williams with 9. He only played 18 minutes so he could easily had more. His career high is 13 which also came against Wofford back in 2011. Here are his top seven rebound games.

2011 vs Wofford13 rebounds
2012 vs Iona10 rebounds
2011 vs Delaware State9 rebounds
2012 vs Auburn9 rebounds
2012 vs Arkansas9 rebounds
2013 vs South Carolina9 rebounds
2013 vs Wofford9 rebounds


Georgia has a huge game this Friday at home against their in-state rival Georgia Tech.

BULLDOGS IN THE NBA ---

Last season Georgia's MVP was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. This season he is in the NBA and playing for the Detroit Pistons. KCP has played in 5 games so far averaging 7.2 points per game. His 36 total points is a good start, but needs a lot more to enter this list of the most points scored by a Georgia Bulldog in their rookie season in the NBA. Here are the top five.

Willie Anderson1988-89 with Spurs1,508 points
Dominique Wilkins1982-83 with Hawks1,434 points
Vern Fleming1984-85 with Pacers1,126 points
Jarvis Hayes2003-04 with Wizards673 points
Alec Kessler1990-91 with Heat486 points


BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---

Knowshon Moreno helps out his Denver Broncos every way he can these days. Either running the ball, catching the ball or making a key block, the former Bulldog is there. This past week he had 65 yards rushing and 49 yards receiving. On the season he has 521 yards rushing and 336 yards receiving. The Broncos have seven more regular season games to go, so these numbers should get much higher. If he improves just a little he can become the 4th different Bulldog to have 2,000 yards from scrimmage in an NFL season. Here is the top five marks in that category.

Terrell Davis1998 with Broncos2,008 rush, 217 rec2,225 total
Garrison Hearst1998 with 49ers1,570 rush, 535 rec2,105 total
Terrell Davis1997 with Broncos1,750 rush, 287 rec2,037 total
Herschel Walker1988 with Cowboys1,514 rush, 505 rec2,019 total
Terrell Davis1996 with Broncos1,538 rush, 310 rec1,848 total


A.J. Green had a big game last week as well. Doesn't he always have big weeks? Anyway he had 151 yards receiving and now leads the NFL with 1,013 receiving yards on the season. Hines Ward and A.J. Green are the only former Bulldogs with 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Ward had six, Green now has three. A.J. Green is only 25 years old. Jimmy Orr had two seasons with over 900 including 974 with the 1962 Baltimore Colts (almost).
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