Statistically Speaking

Nov. 29, 2013

by Dave McMahon
@dave_mc_stats
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This battle between two in-state rivals dates back to 1893. These two schools are roughly 70 miles apart, but are a lot farther apart in terms when it comes to comparing almost everything with the teams and schools. There are a lot of disagreements when it comes to this game. Georgia Tech claims two extra games (both wins) during World War II when the Yellow Jackets used men from the naval officer's training program as players. Even with those losses, Georgia has a very successful record against the gang from North Avenue. The memories from this rivalry are endless. You might remember freshman Buck Belue finding Amp Arnold for the touchdown and in the two-point conversion in the great comeback in 1978. You might remember Mike Bobo finding Corey Allen in the closing seconds of 1997. You might remember Reggie Ball and his fourth down play in 2004. The game has had its share of bad calls and little bit of "extra stuff" on the fields, sidelines and even in the stands as well. No matter what fans of both schools remember a lot of Clean Old-Fashioned Hate.

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 ---

Before I move onto the matchup with Georgia Tech, I will have a quick look back at the Kentucky game. In this game, Georgia scored 59 points. It was tied for 3rd for the most points scored ever in a Bulldog game under Mark Richt. Two of the top four have come against the blue team from the Bluegrass State. Here are those top four.

2011 vs New Mexico State63 points
2004 vs Kentucky62 points
2013 vs Kentucky59 points
2011 vs Coastal Carolina59 points


Let's move onto this week's game...

I mentioned above that these two schools first met in 1893. Georgia Tech were Georgia's third ever opponent. Georgia actually started the season that year with Tech. The Yellow Jackets won 28-6. The only other time they started the season with Tech, Georgia won 12-0 in the turn of the 20th century in the year 1900. Overall the Bulldogs lead the series 63-37-5. Throughout the decades, Georgia has won the series with Georgia Tech majority of the time. Here is a breakdown by each decade.

1890'sGeorgia won series 3-1
1900'sGeorgia Tech won series 5-2-1
1910'sGeorgia won series 4-2-1
1920'sGeorgia Tech won series 3-2
1930'sGeorgia won series 5-2-3
1940'sGeorgia won series 6-2 (Tech counts 2 more GT wins)
1950'sGeorgia Tech won series 7-3
1960'sGeorgia won series 6-4
1970'sGeorgia won series 7-3
1980'sGeorgia won series 7-3
1990'sGeorgia won series 7-3
2000'sGeorgia won series 8-2
2010'sGeorgia won series 3-0


Mark Richt has done very against Georgia Tech. He has 11 wins against the Yellow Jackets which are tied for the most against any school. Here are the schools where Richt has won the most against.

Georgia Tech11 wins
Vanderbilt11 wins
Kentucky11 wins
Tennessee9 wins
South Carolina8 wins
Auburn8 wins


Winning at Bobby Dodd Stadium is something the Georgia has done quite well in seasons' past. Here is a list of the opposing stadiums where Georgia has had the most success against.

Bobby Dodd Stadium (Georgia Tech)28 wins
Vanderbilt Stadium (Vanderbilt)24 wins
Williams-Brice Stadium (South Carolina)17 wins
Commonwealth Stadium (Kentucky)16 wins
Jordan Hare Stadium (Auburn)15 wins


It is very sad what happened to Aaron Murray in the win over Kentucky. Murray gave everything he could for Georgia and the Bulldog Nation. He will be a success in the future for sure. In this last game he posted up very good numbers as usual. He was 18-23 for 183 yards and four touchdowns. He will end his career with the most the pass yards, total yards, passing touchdowns and pass completions in the history of the SEC.

Like I mention he had four touchdown passes in the game. It was his 11th game with at least 4 touchdown passes in a game. He is 10-1 in those games. In 10 of those 11 games he has thrown 0 or 1 interceptions including this past one. Kentucky and South Carolina are the only schools where he has thrown for four or more scores against twice.

Of those four touchdown passes, three came in the first quarter. It was the 5th time where he has thrown three of more TD passes in one quarter. Here are all those times.

2011 vs New Mexico State5 TD passes in 2nd quarter
2010 vs Idaho State3 TD passes in 2nd quarter
2010 vs Auburn3 TD passes in 1st quarter
2012 vs Georgia Southern3 TD passes in 3rd quarter
2013 vs Kentucky3 TD passes in 1st quarter


In the next few weeks look out for an all Aaron Murray Statistically Speaking article. There you will find everything you need to know about the senior record holder and his career at Georgia. Hutson Mason will be taking over for Aaron Murray as starter this weekend. It is unfair to count most of his career stats against Murray, but some of them I can, check out these numbers.

MurrayMason
Completion Pct62.362.2
Pass Yard/Attempt8.98.6
TD pass Pct8.26.1
Interception Pct2.81.2


Running the ball again for Georgia was Todd Gurley, or should I say receiving the ball as well. In the four games since coming back from injury, the sophomore running back has caught 21 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns. He had five receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns in the last game by itself. Gurley is tied for 2nd for most receiving touchdowns by a running back in the FBS. Here are those leaders.

Marion GriceArizona State6 TD receptions
Todd GurleyGeorgia4
Jalston FowlerAlabama4
Dri ArcherKent State4
Josh FergusonIllinois4
Tre MasonSouthern Cal4
Richard MontgomeryIdaho4


Gurley is not in the top 10 in receptions and receiving yards by running backs in the FBS, but in the SEC he is right up there. Here are the top three in the conference in both categories.

ReceptionsReceiving Yards
Mike DavisSouth Carolina30Mike DavisSouth Carolina332
Ryan TimmonsKentucky28Todd GurleyGeorgia308
Todd GurleyGeorgia26Jaylen WaltonOle Miss304


One last thing about Todd Gurley. He keeps climbing the charts for most career rush yards by a Georgia Bulldog. He has a very good chance of entering the top 10 this upcoming week and maybe even higher. Here are the players where he is around and the place and yards they hold.

8thFrank Sinkwich2,271 rush yards
9thWillie McClendon2,228 rush yards
10thMusa Smith2,202 rush yards
11thTodd Gurley2,166 rush yards


Gurley is the not the only Bulldog among the leaders in certain position categories in the SEC. Tight end Arthur Lynch caught two more touchdowns last week against Kentucky. He now has five this season and eight in his career. His five this season is the most by a SEC tight end. Here is that leaderboard.

Arthur LynchGeorgia5 TD receptions
Evan EngramOle Miss3 TD receptions
4 tied with2 TD receptions


Defensively Garrison Smith was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against the Wildcats. It was the 2nd time he has won this award this season. The senior had 7 tackles including 3 for loss. He also had 2 sacks and forced 2 fumbles. Here is a list of Bulldogs with more than 2 tackles for loss in one game for Georgia this season.

Garrison Smith vs Kentucky3 tackles for loss
Jordan Jenkins vs Vanderbilt3 tackles for loss
Garrison Smith vs Florida2 ½ tackles for loss


Here are the players for the Dawgs with 2 or more sacks in a game this season.

Garrison Smith vs Florida2 ½ sacks
Garrison Smith vs Kentucky2 sacks
Leonard Floyd vs North Texas2 sacks
Ray Drew vs Tennessee2 sacks
Ray Drew vs Missouri2 sacks
Jordan Jenkins vs Vanderbilt2 sacks


WOMEN's BASKETBALL ---

Andy Landers and his team keep winning. After defeating South Carolina State on Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 6-0 on the season. One of the stars for Georgia in this past game was Tiaria Griffin. Griffin was one assist away notching the third triple-double in Lady Bulldogs history. Teresa Edwards in 1986 and Tracy Henderson in 1995 are the only two. Several of Andy Landers' players have come close since the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. Here are those so close moments.

Kelly Miller1999 vs Houston23 pts, 11 reb, 8 ast
Tawana McDonald2000 vs Houston14 pts, 8 reb, 9 blk
Kelly Miller2001 vs Liberty16 pts, 9 reb, 9 ast
Alexis Kendrick2006 vs Marist11 pts, 9 reb, 8 ast
Ashley Houts2010 vs Arkansas16 pts, 8 reb, 9 ast
Jasmine James2011 vs TCU14 pts, 9 ast, 8 stl
Tiaria Griffin2013 vs South Carolina State16 pts, 10 reb, 9 ast


Georgia faces George Washington on Friday and a to be determined opponent on Sunday at the Georgia State Invitational this week.

MEN's BASKETBALL ---

You can easily say that Charles Mann is not having a sophomore slump this season. You can say he is having a sophomore surge. Through five games, Mann is averaging 16.8 points per game while leading the team in assists and steals as well. He is shooting a very impressive 52 percent from the floor as well. This is a major improvement from last season, where he only shot 34.6 percent. He is in 5th place in the SEC is field goal percentage among guards. Here are the top five guard shooters in the conference.

Trevor RelafordAlabama59.5 FG pct
Chris DensonAuburn56.0 FG pct
Retin ObasohanAlabama52.6 FG pct
Jordan ClarksonMissouri52.1 FG pct
Charles MannGeorgia52.0 FG pct


Mark Fox and the team return home and square off against Appalachian State this Friday. Tipoff is 5:00 pm.

BULLDOGS ON THE PGA TOUR ---

After finishing 13th on the Web.com Tour money list last season, one of the newest PGA Tour members made the most of his new title by winning the 2013 Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational. Kisner finished the tournament at 13 under par. He is the third former Bulldog to win this month after victories by Chris Kirk and Harris English.

BULLDOGS IN THE NBA ---

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continues his way through his rookie season with the Detroit Pistons. KCP, who now starts as shooting guard is averaging 7.9 points per game and even more as a starter. He is also playing sharp defense as well, pilfering 7 steals in the last 3 games. Last season for Georgia, he was 4th in the SEC averaging 2 steals per game. Here is a list of the former Bulldogs with the most steals in a season while playing in the NBA.

Willie Anderson1988-89 Spurs150 steals
Dominique Wilkins1985-86 Hawks138 steals
Dominique Wilkins1984-85 Hawks135 steals
Vern Fleming1985-86 Pacers131 steals
Dominique Wilkins1989-90 Hawks126 steals


BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---

Knowshon Moreno reminded a lot of Bulldog fans last Sunday night of what he did between the hedges when he ran for a career-high 224 yards on 37 attempts against the New England Patriots. His previous high was 161 yards back in 2010 against the Chiefs. The 224 yards was the most by a former Bulldog in a NFL game. Here are the top five during the regular season in this category.

Knowshon MorenoBroncos2013 vs Patriots224 yards
Terrell DavisBroncos1997 vs Bengals215 yards
Terrell DavisBroncos1998 vs Seahawks208 yards
Terrell DavisBroncos1997 vs Bills207 yards
Garrison Hearst49ers1998 vs Lions198 yards


Another Bulldog shining this season is rookie Alec Ogletree. The linebacker had 11 tackles to lead the Rams in a victory over the Bears. He has 75 tackles this season and is 39th in the NFL, but 3rd among rookies. Here is the top five in that first year list.

Kiko AlonsoBills112 tackles
Paul WorrilowFalcons80 tackles
Alec OgletreeRams75 tackles
John CyprienJaguars68 tackles
Tyrann MathieuCardinals65 tackles


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