Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Nov. 23, 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 www.georgiadogs.com.

And now for the extra stuff...
FOOTBALL


SEC EAST Champs! How sweet it is! (sweet as Sugar???) Anyway, it's Tech week for Georgia as the Bulldogs tangle with their in-state rival from Atlanta in the latest version of "Clean Old Fashioned Hate". This series has been going on almost as long as the Auburn series. Mercer was Georgia's first of 2 opponents back in 1892 with Auburn being the 2nd. The first game the following season was against Georgia Tech back in 1893. The Yellow Jackets won that game, but they would not win many more compared to the Bulldogs. Here is a breakdown season-by-season on who has won the most games by decade in this series.

1890sGeorgia3 games to 11960sGeorgia6 games to 4
1900sGeorgia Tech5 games to 2 (1 tie)1970sGeorgia7 games to 3
1910sGeorgia4 games to 2 (1 tie)1980sGeorgia7 games to 3
1920sGeorgia Tech3 games to 21990sGeorgia7 games to 3
1930sGeorgia5 games to 2 (3 ties)2000sGeorgia8 games to 2
1940sGeorgia6 games to 22010sGeorgia1 game to 0
1950sGeorgia Tech7 games to 3


As you can tell by the last portion of that stat, Mark Richt has had great success against Georgia Tech. If you breakdown the opponents that the current head coach has faced you will see that the Yellow Jackets are right up there among teams that Mark Richt has had success against. Here are the teams against which he has fared the best...

Career Record
vs Vanderbilt10-1
vs Georgia Tech9-1
vs Kentucky9-2
vs South Carolina7-4
vs Tennessee7-4
vs Auburn7-4


The last game against Kentucky was not our best offensively. Aaron Murray threw for just one touchdown compared to the nine he threw in his last 2 games combined. But the one TD extended his season TD pass record to 28, and it propelled his career total to 52 which puts the sophomore at 3rd place on the Georgia list. One stat he did move up on was career TD responsible chart. He just passed Matthew Stafford and now has 58 total touchdowns and is in 4th place on this list- just 2 touchdowns behind the 1942 Heisman Trophy winner, Frank Sinkwich. Here are the top-5.

David Greene77
Eric Zeier71
Frank Sinkwich60
Aaron Murray58
Matthew Stafford57


As for running the ball, sophomore tailback Brandon Harton had another big day coming off the bench. The 5'6" runner from Reidsville, Georgia collected his first career 100-yd rush game when he tallied 101 yards. He is the 12th different running back for Georgia that has run for 100 yards in a game under Mark Richt. Here are all 12 and how many times they did this feat under Mark Richt.

Knowshon Moreno13 timesIsaiah Crowell4 times
Musa Smith10 times (1 more time with Donnan)Kregg Lumpkin2 times
Thomas Brown7 timesCaleb King2 times
Danny Ware5 timesRichard Samuel1 time
Verron Haynes4 timesCarlton Thomas1 time
Washaun Ealey4 timesBrandon Harton1 time


Like I said, Brandon Harton is just 5'6". He is 1 of 6 players in FBS that is 5'6" or shorter that have had a 100-yd rush game this season.

Matt Brown (Temple)5'5"(he has done it 5 times this season)
Rodney Stewart (Colorado)5'6"(he has done it 2 times)
Brandon Harton (Georgia)5'6"
Jeremy Hester (Southern Miss)5'6"
Vernon Frazier (UTEP)5'6"
Vincent Smith (Michigan)5'6"


One of the things that has been successful this season for the Dawgs is that they have been balanced, moving the ball by both running and passing. For only the 5th time ever in school's history, Georgia has rushed for 2,000 yards and passed for 2,000 yards in the same season. Here are those seasons and that yards they gained.

20112,039 rush yards2,665 pass yards
20092,093 rush yards2,615 pass yards
20072,304 rush yards2,579 pass yards
20052,108 rush yards2,977 pass yards
19922,584 rush yards2,370 pass yards


One of the players benefiting from the passing game is wide receiver Marlon Brown. He became the 15th different player to score a TD of any kind in the last 3 games (only Michael Bennett has 2 TD in the last 3 games). Brown now has 3 TD receptions on the season and he became the 5th Georgia Bulldog to have at least that many this season. It is the most different players to achieve that mark in one season. Here are the seasons when the Bulldogs have had at least 4 players with 3 TD receptions.

2011 - 5 (Tavarres King, Orson Charles, Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett, Marlon Brown)
2009 - 4 (A.J. Green, Michael Moore, Aron White, Orson Charles)
2004 - 4 (Fred Gibson, Reggie Brown, Leonard Pope, Sean Bailey)
2002 - 4 (Terrence Edwards, Fred Gibson, Damien Gary, Benjamin Watson)

Defensively another Brandon had another big game. Brandon Boykin had his 3rd interception of the season and his 9th of his career. At least this senior is consistent. After not getting a pick in his freshman season, he has had 3 in each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. This last one, he actually lost a yard in the return. As good as he is returning kicks, interception return yards has never been Boykin's strength.

2009 - 3 interceptions (0 yard, 2 yards, 1 yard)
2010 - 3 interceptions (0 yards, 18 yards, 16 yards)
2011 - 3 interceptions (0 yards, 0 yards, -1 yard)

Blair Walsh had a good game after struggling occasionally this season. Walsh tied his career-high by nailing 4 field goals. He has now hit at least 1 field goal in 42 games. The NCAA record is 43 games and it is held by former Bulldog Billy Bennett. Bennett actually connected in 45 different games, but 2 of those games don't count since they were bowl games. That rule has since been changed, but it's very frustrating for some of the older records. Anyway I broke down the 42 and 43 games by the 2 kickers and how many games they had per amount of field goals.

Blair WalshBilly Bennett (* see note)
1 field goal madegames16 games
2 field goals madegames15 games
3 field goals made2 games9 games
4 field goals made3 games2 games


(* the one game missing from Bennett's list is when he kicked a school-record 6 field goals in a game against Georgia Tech in Atlanta back in 2001... also the 2 games where's Bennett's stats did not count, he had 1 in both)
MEN'S BASKETBALL
After a poor night shooting on Monday in a loss vs Cal, the Georgia men's basketball came back and defeated Notre Dame on Tuesday. It was the first win against Notre Dame by the men's basketball team. (the football team only has one win against the Irish as well) The big key in Tuesday's game was how successful the team was in knocking down 3-pointers. They hit 12 in the game which tied the most they have had in a game under Mark Fox. Here are the games where the Dawgs hit the most 3's under Mark Fox.

11/22/11vs Notre Dame12 3-pt field goals
12/7/10at Georgia Tech12
1/22/11vs Mississippi State11
2/25/10at Vanderbilt10


Once again freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the way by scoring a team-high 10 on Monday and 16 on Tuesday. He has scored in double-digits in each of his first 5 career games. A few seasons back, former Dawg Trey Thompkins scored in double-digits in his first 3 career game and former Dawg Travis Leslie did it in his first 2.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
The Lady Bulldogs had a huge win last Sunday as they defeated the Women of Troy. Southern Cal came in the game ranked 23rd and Georgia remained undefeated and won by 7. Defeating ranked teams is nothing new for the Georgia women, as they have done this 159 times in their history including 78 at home. Beating a 23rd rank team is also nothing new as well as they are 7-1 all-time against these foes. The most amount of wins against a ranked team in one season is 11 and they did that in back-to-back seasons in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

During the week, Georgia junior Jasmine James was named the SEC Player of Week. The guard has played well both offensively and defensively all season. James is 2nd on the team in scoring this season and she leads the team in both assists and steals. Currently she leads the SEC in total assists and is 3rd in the SEC in steals. Only 4 different Lady Bulldogs have led the SEC in assists with Saudia Roundtree being the last and she is the only one that has done it twice. Also, 4 Lady Bulldogs have led the SEC in steals with Sherill Baker being the last back in the 2005-06 season.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
The men's Cross Country team qualified for the NCAA's this season for only the 3rd time in the team's history and they finished 29th in the nation. More importantly the 29th was the best by any team in the SEC (one place better than the Florida Gators). Leading the way for Georgia was junior Matt Cleaver. On the season, Cleaver raced 6 times (4 went 8,000 meters and 2 went 10,000 meters). All in all, he has raced 52,000 meters this season or the equivalent of 56,867 yards or about 32 1/3 miles. That is almost 11 times the amount that Herschel Walker ran for in his Georgia football career or about half the distance from Athens to Atlanta.
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL


Former Bulldog Matthew Stafford had a huge game in the Lions comeback win against the Carolina Panthers. The quarterback threw for 5 touchdown passes in the game and it was the 2nd time he has done that in the pros. He also did it in 2009 against the Cleveland Browns. Hall of Famer and former Bulldog Fran Tarkenton threw for 5 touchdowns in a game just one time, although Tarkenton does have 11 career games with 4 TD passes and has 342 in his career, good for 4th all-time behind Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning.

Another former Bulldog that had a huge game in the NFL last week was Chris Clemons. The current Seahawk had 3 sacks vs the Rams. He is the 5th former Bulldog since 1994 that has had at least 3 sacks in a NFL game. Here are those 5 players.

Phillip Daniels (Redskins)4 sacks vs Cowboys in 2005
Chris Clemons (Seahawks)3 sacks at Rams in 2011
Charles Grant (Saints)3 sacks at Rams in 2004
Charlie Clemons (Saints)3 sacks at Giants in 2001
Mo Lewis (Jets)3 sacks at Oilers in 1994
LARRY MUNSON
What more can you say? The Mighty Munson has passed and every Bulldog fan will miss him and every Bulldog has their favorite call and in most cases favorite calls. With Tech Week being this week, I remember two of his most famous calls came in games against Georgia Tech.

In 1978, Munson shouted Scott Woerner's name 6 times as he raced to the endzone on a 72-yard punt return that tied the game at 20 and minutes later celebrated as freshman Buck Belue pitched the ball to Amp Arnold for the winning 2-point conversion. Dawgs won 29-28.

Insert your own Munson imitation... "...Woerner on the 28, ran by one, ran by another, 50-45-40-35-30, Scott Woerner! Woerner! Woerner! Woerner! Woerner! Woerner!..."

In 1980, Munson described Sanford Stadium as only Munson could as Herschel Walker broke the freshman all-time record for most rushing yards in a season.

"There goes Herschel! Touchdown! ... He has just broken the all-time record for a Freshman back... The stadium went bananas because there went Herschel again..."

Munson will be remembered, always!

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