Nov. 21, 2013
by Dave McMahon
Murray broke the SEC record for passing touchdowns and passing yards earlier this season. This last game he broke the pass completion record in the SEC. Here are the top three now.
The 33 in one game is tied for 5th most in one game for a Georgia Bulldog. Here are the top six.
With his two touchdown runs, it gives him 7 this season which increases his total as the most by a quarterback under Mark Richt. His 16 in his career also increases that same stat. Here are top three in both categories.
Running yards is a little tougher for quarterbacks since you lose many on sacks. Nonetheless Murray is climbing the charts under Mark Richt as well. He is 4th for most in a season (trailing his own total for 2010 by 12 yards.) His total of 37 against Auburn makes him have 365 rush yards for his career which ranks him 2nd among Georgia quarterbacks under Richt. He has 1,029 gained rush yards which is more than anyone else, but he also has lost 664. Anyway here is the top 7 career net rush yard leaders. (I chose 7 to include to current Dawgs although their total isn't that high.)
He also had two touchdown rushes and two touchdown passes. He is the only player to that in one game under Mark Richt and he has done it three times. Here are those times.
He is one of four SEC players to that feat this season. Here are those players.
With his 2 from the game, Murray has 117 career passing touchdowns which is tied for 7th in FBS history. The fact that Murray had to face some of the nation's best defenses in most of his games makes his total even more impressive. Anyway here is that list.
Aaron Murray wasn't the only offensive star. Todd Gurley did something that is rarely done. He caught 10 passes for 77 yards. Gurley only had 11 receptions this season entering the game. The 10 receptions are the most ever by a Georgia running back in a game. He is also 1 of 3 running backs this season that has caught that many in a game. All three of the players did not catch a touchdown in the game and all three did it against a SEC opponent.
Defensively the team did some positive things, but people will remember what happened at the end. Individually Ramik Wilson had a huge game. He increased his conference lead for most tackles. He now has 110 on the season. Against Auburn he had 18 which is his most in his career and the most in the SEC eclipsing Andrew Wilson of Missouri's total of 17 in his game against Arkansas State. The 18 was also the most since Orantes Grant against Kentucky in 1998 when he had 22.
Ramik Wilson also had a sack and so did Jordan Jenkins. Jenkins has 4 this season and is tied for 17th in the SEC with his teammate Garrison Smith. Ray Drew is tied for 7th with 6 and Leonard Floyd is tied for 9th with 5 ½. Georgia is tied for the conference lead with the most players in the top 20 sack total in the SEC. Here are the teams with more than one player.
Georgia had two impressive wins on the road this past week. Lizzy Stemke and her team defeated both conference schools from Mississippi and now sit at 20-8 on the season including 10-6 in the conference. Many of you remember (maybe not) that I wrote in my first stat article this fall that of the three other Georgia volleyball head coaches won 20 games in the third season in charge. Well add another name to the list. Hopefully in the near future Coach Stemke will climb this list as well. Here are the most 20-win seasons ever by a Georgia head coach in volleyball.
Georgia returns home this Sunday and faces a tough challenger in Texas A&M. The match starts at 1:30 pm.
WOMEN's BASKETBALL ---
Andy Landers and his team are off to an impressive start with a 4-0 record. In their last game they trailed Furman 31-22 at halftime before outscoring them 50-17 in the 2nd half. They trailed the previous at halftime in the previous game against Ohio State as well. This season they have not allowed an opponent to score 50 points in any of their four games. This is only the third time in school history where the Lady Bulldogs have held their opponent to 50 points or less in four or more games. The most was six and they did it last season. Here are those three times and their opponents.
2012-13 season 6 straight (St. Bonaventure, New Mexico, Furman, Georgia Tech, Mercer and Lipscomb) 2013-14 season 4 straight (Presbyterian, Mercer, Ohio State and Furman) 2009-10 season 4 straight (Detroit, Clemson, Savannah State and Alabama)
Georgia's next game is next Sunday at home against in-state rival Georgia Tech at 2:00 pm. In case you are wondering last season, they held Georgia Tech to 50 points.
MEN's BASKETBALL ---
Unfortunately for Mark Fox and his team, they fell short to the Yellow Jackets in the game played last Friday. One bright spot in the game was the scoring of sophomore Charles Mann. Mann shot 7-12 from the floor including connecting on all four 3-point field goals. He was also 6-9 from the foul line for a career-high 24 points. Under Mark Fox there has been 71 times where a Georgia player has scored 20 or more points. Here is that list.
Georgia plays in the Charleston Classic starting on Thursday against Davidson and then play two more times this weekend.
BULLDOGS IN THE NBA ---
One of the names I mentioned above was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The former SEC Player of the Year has started his last four games for the Detroit Pistons. This season his is averaging 7.4 points per game. Last Tuesday he matched his NBA career-high with 13 points. He was 4-12 shooting and hit three 3-pointers. The top 37 point totals in a NBA game by a former Bulldog were all Dominique Wilkins. The 38th highest was by his nephew Damien Wilkins. In fact 98 of the top 100 are 'Nique, the other non-highlight film scorer was Willie Anderson. The two highest totals that he had were 57 points. One happened in April of 1986 against the Nets and one happened later in December of 1986 against the Bulls. (In case you are curious Michael Jordan only had 41 in that game.)
BULLDOGS ON THE PGA TOUR ---
First it was Chris Kirk, now former Bulldog Harris English is getting into the action. Both Georgia greats won their 2nd career PGA Tour event this month. Since I compared Kirk's two wins I will do the same for Mr. English.
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---
Brandon Boykin was all over the field last Sunday against the Redskins. The Eagles star had four tackles and also forced a fumble and had a key interception late in the game to seal the victory. There have been just 15 NFL players this season with an interception and a forced fumble in the same game and 2 of those 15 players are former Bulldogs. The other was Rams rookie Alec Ogletree. Here is a breakdown of both players' accomplishment.
To be honest I really don't know how far my NFL database goes on tackles made, but I do not that Thomas Davis made a lot of them last week against the Patriots. He had a career-high 17 tackles which matches the most by a Bulldog in a NFL game (as far back as at least 1994.) He matches the efforts of Randall Godfrey when he had 17 against the Patriots as well in 1999. It also matches the high of any Panther this season. In fact, 3 of the top 7 tackle performances by a Carolina player this season were made by Thomas Davis.
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