Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Nov. 23, 2012

by Dave McMahon

Georgia fans have been asked which rival do you hate the most. For some it depends on where you are from. If you are from South Georgia it may be Florida, if you live near Augusta it may be South Carolina, if you live near Columbus it may be Auburn and so on. For a lot of you no, matter where you live, it may be Georgia Tech and if the Yellow Jackets aren't your first pick it is almost always your second pick. Legends like Erk Russell, Dan Magill, Joe Tereshinski II and Lewis Grizzard have many sayings or words or wisdom that deals with the Georgia/Georgia Tech rivalry. The Bulldogs have a huge game in two weeks, but this game is huge all by itself.

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 and for even more statistical insights you can follow me on twitter @dave_mc_stats.

And now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

With the win over Georgia Southern, the Bulldogs now stand at 10-1 on the season. It is their 2nd straight 10-win season.

If you break it down by Georgia head coach, current top Dawg Mark Richt leads them all. (yes a lot of depends on how many games you play per season, but it is still impressive)

Mark Richt8 seasons
Vince Dooley7
Wally Butts3
Jim Donnan1
Ray Goff1

If you break it down by SEC teams since Mark Richt took over. At the time I am writing this, the Dawgs are number one by themselves, but that can change by weekend's end.

Georgia8 seasons with 10+ wins
LSU7 (9 wins entering this week)

Mark Richt has had a lot of success against Georgia Tech. Of all the teams Richt has coached against, the Yellow Jackets are 2nd that he has wins against, but that can change as well. (he was 9-0 vs Georgia Tech while an assistant at Florida State)

Against Vanderbilt11 wins
Against Georgia Tech10
Against Kentucky10
Against Auburn 8
Against Tennesssee 8
Against South Carolina7
Against Ole Miss 6
Against Florida 4
Against Alabama 3
Against LSU 3
Against Mississippi State3
Against Georgia Southern3

As I mentioned in a previous article, Georgia Tech is the team that Georgia has defeated the most in team's history. If you break down how Georgia has fared by decade you will notice the Bulldogs have only struggled a little bit against the gang from North Avenue.

1890sGeorgia won series 3-1
1900sGeorgia lost series 2-5-1
1910sGeorgia won series 4-2-1
1920sGeorgia lost series 2-3
1930sGeorgia won series 5-2-3
1940sGeorgia won series 6-2 (even if you add the 2 GT wins they count, Georgia still wins)
1950sGeorgia lost series 3-7
1960sGeorgia won series 6-4
1970sGeorgia won series 7-3
1980sGeorgia won series 7-3
1990sGeorgia won series 7-3
2000sGeorgia won series 8-2
2010sGeorgia leads series 2-0

The Game against Georgia Southern was a little close in the beginning, but then the Dawgs used a strong 2nd half to take over. It all started with the 3rd quarter where Georgia outscored Georgia Southern 21 to 0. In fact all season, the 3rd quarter has been very friendly. The Dawgs have outscored its opponents 141 to 27 in the 3rd quarter. To put that in perspective UMASS hasn't scored 141 all season (131)

Aaron Murray had another stellar game with four more touchdown passes. He definitely gets stronger as the season moves on. If you break the seasons down for his career you get some pretty staggering numbers.

Total GamesTD Passes
First 6 games of season1835
Rest of season2052

He is also strong when it comes to 2nd halves of games as well. Here is a split of games this season.

TD PassesInterceptions
First Half126
Second Half161

Parker Welch came in the game as well and threw his first career touchdown pass when he connected with Justin Scott-Wesley on a 13-yard scoring strike. Here is a look at the Bulldogs' recent quarterbacks and who they threw their first career TD pass to.

Parker Welch13-yard pass to Justin Scott-Wesley vs Georgia Southern
Hutson Mason26-yard pass to Logan Gray vs Louisiana Lafayette
Aaron Murray3-yard pass to Kris Durham vs Louisiana-Lafayette
Joe Cox23-yard pass to Brannan Southerland vs Colorado
Matthew Stafford13-yard pass to Coleman Watson vs Western Kentucky
Joe Tereshinski III27-yard pass to A.J. Bryant vs Kentucky
D.J. Shockley24-yard pass to Terrence Edwards vs Clemson
David Greene25-yard pass to Terrence Edwards vs Arkansas State

Running the ball again successfully was Todd Gurley. The freshman added 68 yards and now has 1,041 on the season. He is one of three freshmen at Georgia to have that many (Herschel Walker and Knowshon Moreno had more.) Here is a list of the last 5 SEC players to rush for over 1,000 yards during their freshmen season.

2012Todd Gurley1,041 rush yards
2012Johnny Manziel1,114
2010Michael Dyer1,093
2010Marcus Lattimore1,197
2007Knowshon Moreno1,334

On the receiving end, Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley, Tavarres King and Justin Scott-Wesley each caught TD passes. Currently Georgia has eight players with at least a touchdown catch this season. Seven of those have at least two touchdowns and five of those players have at least four. Georgia and Tennessee are tied for first in the FBS with the most players with at least four touchdown receptions.

This week superstar Jarvis Jones was named a finalist for the Butkus Award and a finalist for the Bednarik Award. In the last game against Georgia Southern he wasn't able to record a sack (mostly because the opposition hardly passed.) He was able to force a fumble. It was his 6th forced fumble this season. Under Mark Richt he has twice as many as the other Bulldogs in a season. All the Bulldogs had three that I am about to mention had three in a season.

Jarvis Jones2012Paul Oliver2005
Bacarri Rambo2010Thomas Davis2004
Demarcus Dobbs2009Greg Blue2004
Marcus Howard2007David Pollack2004
Roderick Battle2007Gerald Anderson2003
Charles Johnson2006

Women's Basketball ---

Last Tuesday Andy Landers won his 800th game as the Lady Bulldogs head coach. He became the 8th head coach in either men's or women's hoops to win that many for one school. He got this magical number against Savannah State. The Lady Tigers were wearing orange and blue that night which is a coincidence since the team that Andy Landers has the most career victories against also wears orange and blue. Here are the top-10 teams in which Landers has the most wins against.

Florida46 winsOle Miss29
Alabama34Georgia Tech27
South Carolina31Mississippi State26

Men's Basketball ---

This week, Georgia had some hard fought games against two of the top teams in the nation and fell short. In the game vs UCLA, Marcus Thornton had 0 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first time a SEC player had 0 points while grabbing at least 10 rebounds since another Thornton did it. Quintin Thornton did it for LSU against Mississippi State back in 2009. Strangely enough it has happened two other times this season. Brandon Mobley of Seton Hall and Khion Sankey of Lipscomb both recorded this feat.

Volleyball ---

This week Georgia swept the other Bulldogs 3-0 and earlier this season they won 3-1 in Starkville, Mississippi. It is the 2nd team this season that the volleyball team won both games against an opponent this season. Here is a list of teams that Georgia won both regular season matchups over the last three seasons.

2012Alabama and Mississippi State
2011Mississippi State and Arkansas
Alabama and South Carolina

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

Ben Watson had a big game last week against the Dallas Cowboys. He had two TD receptions in that game and now has three for the season. It was the 4th time in his pro career that he had two touchdowns in the same game. Here are those games.

2005 with Patriots at the Dolphins
2007 with Patriots vs the Browns
2009 with Patriots vs the Bills
2012 with Browns vs the Cowboys

Since games in the NFL already started this week, I decided to use some of those as well. For that I am thankful. Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions lost to the Houston Texans in overtime this Thanksgiving, but he did have some impressive numbers. His 441 passing yards was the 4th time in his career that he has thrown for at least 400 yards in a pro game. He must like holidays since his top 2 performances have happened on special occasions. Another strange stat is that his 2nd and 3rd highest totals happened on the same date. Here is a list of the top-5 passing games in terms of passing yards by former Bulldogs in the NFL. Four are by Stafford and one by a hall of famer.

Matthew Stafford1/1/12 vs vs Packers520 pass yards
Matthew Stafford11/22/12 vs Texans441
Matthew Stafford11/22/09 vs Browns422
Matthew Stafford12/4/11 vs Saints408
Fran Tarkenton10/24/65 vs 49ers407



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