Statistically Speaking by Dave McMahon

Nov. 30, 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

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As all of you know, the Georgia Bulldogs will be playing for the SEC Championship this Saturday. With a victory, Georgia would tie Tennessee for the 2nd most SEC titles behind Alabama. With a loss, the next closest team would gain up on the rest of the leaders. Here are the teams with the most SEC Championships.


The SEC Championship game has been going on since 1992. Since then only 3 teams have winning overall records in the game.


Since 2001, or the season Mark Richt started coaching the Bulldogs, Georgia has represented the east division 4 times (including 2011) in the SEC Championship which is the most during this time frame.

Georgia4 times
Tennessee3 times
Florida3 times
South Carolina1 time

The first 2 SEC Championship games were played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama and the last 17 contests have been played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. All in all, the Georgia Bulldogs are 4-4 in games at the Georgia Dome. Here is a breakdown on their record in games.

2-1 in SEC Championships
2-1 in Chick-Fil-A/Peach Bowls
0-1 in Sugar Bowls (2008 game played in Atlanta due to Hurricane Katrina)
0-1 in Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic

Here are the Georgia single-game leaders for stats in a SEC Championship in case you are keeping track at home...

Most pass yardsDavid Greene237 (2002)
Most TD passesD.J. Shockley2 (2005)
Most rush yardsMusa Smith106 (2002)
Most TD rushesMusa Smith2 (2002)
Most receptionsTerrence Edwards7 (2002)
Most rec yardsFred Gibson93 (2002)
Most TD receptionsSean Bailey2 (2005)

This season Georgia has won 10 games so far. It is the 19th time the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games in one season. In 11 seasons as the Bulldog head coach, Mark Richt has won at least 10 games in a season 7 times. The total matches what Vince Dooley's team record which he did in 25 seasons. Here are all the head coaches at Georgia that have won 10 or more games and how many times that did that feat and how many seasons total as Georgia's head coach.

Mark Richt7 times11 seasons
Vince Dooley7 times25 seasons
Wallace Butts3 times22 seasons
Jim Donnan1 time5 seasons
Ray Goff1 time7 seasons

After Georgia's 31-17 win over Georgia Tech, the 31-point total put the season total over 400 for a total of 408 points this season. It is just the 5th time Georgia has scored over 400 points in a season. I know the Bulldogs play more games in a season than they have done in the past, but it is still impressive that they have a chance for the most points in team's history.

2002450 points
2007424 points
2010417 points
2008409 points
2011408 points

In that 31-17 win over Georgia Tech, Aaron Murray continued to throw TD strikes at ease. His 4 in the game increased his Georgia single-season record to 32. It was the 4th time the Aaron Murray has thrown at least 4 touchdowns in a game which ties a Georgia record. Here are all the Georgia players that have done this feat and how many times they have done it.

Aaron Murray4 timesJoe Cox1 time
Eric Zeier4 timesMatthew Stafford1 time
David Greene3 timesCory Phillips1 time
D.J. Shockley2 timesMike Bobo1 time
Johnny Rauch1 time

The last touchdown pass went to tight end Aron White. It was White's 3rd touchdown reception of the season. 6 different players for Georgia have at least 3 TD receptions (Tavarres King, Orson Charles, Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett, Marlon Brown and Aron White). The 6 players are the most in the SEC by far and it is tied for the most among all FBS teams.

Arkansas3Oklahoma State6
Mississippi State3Washington6

This season Georgia has 12 players that have at least 1 TD reception this season. They are 1 of 3 FBS teams that have 12 players with a TD reception. Besides Georgia, both Houston and Toledo have done this.

During the game something different happened for the Bulldogs that hasn't happened all season. They had a rush by a player playing fullback. Zander Ogletree had a 21-yard run on his only rush attempt of the season so far. In fact it was the first by any fullback this season. Fullbacks have many important roles for an offense such as blocking for running backs, protecting quarterbacks, catching passes and occasionally running the ball, but this season they haven't done much of that last part. Other seasons under Mark Richt they have done it a lot more as this graphic shows.

Rush AttemptsTD RushesRush AttemptsTD Rushes
Georgia is in the middle of the non-conference portion of the season and as I write this they are standing at 4-3. Good news is coming for the Bulldogs as 7 of the next 8 games for the Dawgs are at home where they are a perfect 3-0 this season. One thing is certain so far this season is that freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope isn't afraid to shoot. In fact he likes shooting from 3-point land. He has 54 attempts beyond the arc this season which is 20 more than Dustin Ware the next highest. In fact the 54 attempts is tied for 6th in the NCAA for most from 3-pt land. Here are those leaders.

Kevin FosterSanta Clara67
Kevin OlekaibeFresno State60
Avery MooreFlorida A&M59
John JenkinsVanderbilt56
Isiah WilliamsUtah Valley56
Kentavious Caldwell-PopeGeorgia54
Brian NellerMaryland Baltimore-County54

On the defensive side Donte Williams is having a block party. Williams has 14 block shots this season through 7 games. Easy math shows that is 2.0 blocks per game (remember this is a statistics article). The last player to average over 2.0 blocks per game for Georgia was Terrell Bell when he averaged 2.7 back during the 1995-96 season. 18 Georgia players have averaged 1.0 or more in a season since, but none reached the 2.0 mark.
As of Wednesday morning, the Lady Bulldogs currently boast a 5-1 record. The Bulldogs are ranked 14th or 15th depending on the poll. They have been led by many different players. One of the players is Jasmine James. She is doing a little bit of everything this season. In fact, at the time I am writing this she is 1 of 3 players in the nation that has over 70 points, 30 rebounds, 30 assists and 20 steals this season. The other 2 players are Shenise Johnson of Miami and Nadirah McKenith of St. John's.

Teamwork is always an important thing to have on a team and one of the key stats in teamwork is total assists. In Georgia's last game against Northeastern, the Lady Bulldogs tallied 21 assists. Getting over 20 assists in a game is nothing new for an Andy Landers squad, but it doesn't happen that often. Here are the amount of times it has happened over the last 5 seasons

2011-20121 time
2010-20112 times
2009-20102 times
2008-20093 times
2007-20082 times
A.J. Green has had a very good rookie season for the Cincinnati Bengals. The wide receiver just had his 3rd 100-yd receiving game last week as his team defeated their in-state rival Cleveland Browns. Green must like playing against the Browns, because if you look at the games where Green averages the most yards per catch, you will notice Cleveland at the top. Here are his top 5.

September 11 at Browns1 rec41 yds41.0 yds/rec
November 27 vs Browns3 rec110 yds36.7 yds/rec
November 13 vs Steelers1 rec36 yds36.0 yds/rec
October 2 vs Bills4 rec118 yds29.5 yds/rec
October 9 at Jaguars5 rec90 yds18.0 yds/rec

Speaking of receptions, that is something former Bulldog Danny Ware hasn't done a lot during his NFL career. Although this past Monday he did catch a lot. He had a career-best 8 receptions. A Georgia running back has only done that 9 times in NFL history. Here are the most receptions in a NFL game by a former Georgia running back (most of them are you know who).

Herschel Walker (Eagles)1993 vs Bills11 receptions
Herschel Walker (Eagles)1993 at Redskins10 receptions
Herschel Walker (Cowboys)1986 vs Eagles9 receptions
Herschel Walker (Cowboys)1989 vs Giants9 receptions
Herschel Walker (Cowboys)1986 at Giants9 receptions
Danny Ware (Giants)2011 at Saints8 receptions
Patrick Pass (Patriots)2005 vs Chargers8 receptions
Herschel Walker (Cowboys)1986 vs Seahawks8 receptions
Herschel Walker (Cowboys)1986 at Eagles8 receptions
In Canada, the Grey Cup is the equivalent of the Super Bowl and this past week Canada celebrated its 99th Grey Cup as the British Columbia Lions defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. One of the former Blue Bombers is former Bulldog wide receiver Terrence Edwards. In the final game, Edwards caught 6 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Throughout the playoffs, Edwards led the CFL with 11 total receptions and was 3rd with 163 yards, eh.



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