Dec. 6, 2013
by Dave McMahon
This will go down as one of the craziest games in the history of the rivalry. It was so painful for Georgia in the beginning, but at the end it was the Bulldogs who came on top. The game reminded many of the 1978 battle where a relatively new quarterback Buck Belue came off the bench after the Dawgs trailed the Yellow Jackets 20-0 to lead Georgia to victory. This game also marked a relatively new quarterback in terms of game experience leading the way. Hutson Mason, making his first collegiate start showed poise and after a rocky beginning in which Georgia also trailed 20-0, showed he is worthy in leading the Bulldogs in 2014. But before we move on to 2014, let us look at some of the finer points of the Georgia/Georgia Tech matchup.
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As I mentioned, Hutson Mason made his first collegiate start and threw for 299 yards and two touchdown passes. On the season he is 46-71 for 648 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. I looked at all the quarterbacks that have thrown for at least 50 passes in a season and I found it interesting who the top two quarterbacks were in terms of completion percentage. I also noticed not all the quarterbacks were starters on this list. But the top two quarterbacks is the interesting part. Here are the top five.
Todd Gurley once again came on strong running for 122 yards. He had three touchdowns rushing and one receiving in the game. Two of those rushing touchdowns came in the overtimes. Gurley is the only player in the SEC this season that has had three of more rushing touchdowns and one or more receiving touchdowns in a game. He is one of five FBS players to do this in 2013. Here are those players.
|Jeremy Langford||Michigan State (against Indiana)|
|Joey DeMartino||Utah State (against New Mexico)|
|Michael Gordon||Arkansas State (against UL-Monroe)|
|Carlos Hyde||Ohio State (against Illinois)|
|Todd Gurley||Georgia (against Georgia Tech)|
Todd Gurley had all 50 yards for Georgia in the overtimes. It reminded me of Robert Edwards performance in 1996 against Auburn. It was the first SEC game to go in overtime and Edwards turned it on in the extra time. He had 97 of Georgia's 100 yards (both rushing and receiving.) The only three yards that were not courtesy of Edwards was the last three courtesy of Torin Kirtsey.
Back to Gurley, thanks to those 50 yards, Gurley rushed for over 100 yards. It was the 4th time this season and the 13th time that Gurley has reached triple digits. He is now tied for third for the most career 100-yard rush games by a Georgia Bulldog. Here are those top four.
|Herschel Walker||28 games|
|Garrison Hearst||16 games|
|Knowshon Moreno||13 games|
|Todd Gurley||13 games|
Todd Gurley now has 27 rushing touchdowns in his short career including five against Georgia Tech. The 27 rushing touchdowns are tied for 7th on the all-time list by a Georgia Bulldog. He is tied with someone I mentioned above. Here are players from five to the players tied for 7th.
|5th||Knowshon Moreno||30 TD rushes|
|6th||Frank Sinkwich||29 TD rushes|
|7th||Robert Edwards||27 TD rushes|
|Tim Worley||27 TD rushes|
|Todd Gurley||27 TD rushes|
Speaking of Tim Worley, he is the Georgia Bulldog representative for the SEC Legends this week.
To continue updating a list I have done a few times this season. Here is Todd Gurley and a partial list on where he is ranks on Georgia's all-time career rush yard list.
|5th||Rodney Hampton||2,668 rush yards|
|6th||Thomas Brown||2,646 rush yards|
|7th||Kevin McLee||2,581 rush yards|
|8th||Todd Gurley||2,288 rush yards|
|9th||Frank Sinkwich||2,271 rush yards|
Todd Gurley isn't the only climbing charts. Due to the nice catch in the back of the endzone, Michael Bennett is also on the move. Here is the partial list of the most career touchdown receptions by a Georgia Bulldog.
|6th||Hason Graham||16 TD receptions|
|Juan Daniels||16 TD receptions|
|Mohamed Massaquoi||16 TD receptions|
|9th||Andre Hastings||13 TD receptions|
|Michael Bennett||13 TD receptions|
It is no secret that the Georgia pass defense has had its struggles this season and it struggled against Georgia Tech for part of the game as well, but when the team needed them the most in the game, they responded. I know the Yellow Jackets don't pass the ball a lot, but it seems like the Georgia pass defense does very well against them in terms of completion percentage. Combined Georgia Tech has a 45.2 completion percentage against Georgia under Mark Richt with 9 pass touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Here is a break down season-by-season of the Yellow Jackets' completion percentage against Georgia.
In this same time period, Georgia has a 58 completion percentage against Georgia Tech since 2001 with 24 passing touchdowns and just 4 interceptions.
Another bright spot this season has been placekicking. Patrick Beless was excellent in the first two games connecting on both field goals and since Marshall Morgan came back, he has connected on 18-of-20 field goals this season including 2-for-2 against Georgia Tech. Check out his percentages in distance from last season to this season.
Georgia has had a great volleyball season so far and it can better with more wins. Lizzy Stemke and the team are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. The Bulldogs who are currently 22-9 have three wins this season against teams currently in the NCAA field. Their opening opponent is American, who is 32-2 on the season. If they win that match, they will face the winner of Duke and College of Charleston. The last time Georgia won their first round match in the NCAA Tournament was in 1995. Two Bulldogs (Amanda Dachs and Elle McCord) were born in that year. First Round match is on Friday at 5:30 pm in Durham, North Carolina.
WOMEN's TENNIS ---
I do not have a stat for her, but congratulations to Lauren Herring who went 3-0 and helped the United States win the 2013 Master'U BNP Paribas Championships this past week. Herring and her teammates help defeat Ireland, France and Russia. You can catch her and more of Jeff Wallace's Georgia team when they take on Elon in part of the ITA Kickoff in Athens on January 24th or if you are in Hawaii before that check them out the week of January 15th through the 21st.
WOMEN's BASKETBALL ---
Andy Landers and his Lady Bulldogs keep on winning. This past week they defeated Georgia State who is coached by former Georgia guard and assistant coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. As a player, Sharon Baldwin did a little bit of everything and in this past game between Georgia and Georgia State, current guard/forward Shacobia Barbee did the same. Barbee had 12 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals. She is one of just 13 SEC players do have at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals in a game since the beginning of the 2000-01 season. Of all those players, she tied for 2nd with most rebounds, tied for 4th in assists and was tied for 1st in steals in their big game. She is the only Lady Bulldog in that time period.
Georgia looks to improve on their 8-0 record when they travel to Nashville and take on Belmont on December 12th.
MEN's BASKETBALL ---
Mark Fox and his Bulldogs have won two straight and in the last game against Chattanooga it seemed like everyone contributed. 13 players scored for Georgia and 12 hit field goals. 14 players had a rebound and 10 players had an assist. They also shot 50.7 percent from the floor. It was the 4th time in 7 games where they shot 50 percent or better this season. That's more times than last season already. Let's look at how many times they have shot 50 percent or better season-by-season under Mark Fox.
Mark Fox and the team hope to continue their hot shooting when they host Lipscomb on Saturday, December 14th at 4:00 pm.
BULLDOGS IN THE NBA ---
The player that was shooting the ball the most for Georgia last season was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP is now shooting in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons. He is currently averaging 7.6 points per game in his rookie season, but Wednesday he did something for the first time as a professional. In the game he registered his first block shot. Blocking shots is not his specialty. It made me curious who the all-time shot blockers in the NBA are by former Bulldogs. Here are the top five in that category.
|Dominique Wilkins||642 career blocks|
|Willie Anderson||342 career blocks|
|Shandon Anderson||180 career blocks|
|Jumaine Jones||144 career blocks|
|Damien Wilkins||129 career blocks|
BULLDOGS IN THE NFL ---
Dannell Ellerbe had an interception in the Dolphins win against the Jets last Sunday. It was his 3rd career interception and his 2nd this season. Now that Champ Bailey is not injured and playing again for the Broncos, I decided to take a look at the most career interceptions in the NFL by former Bulldogs. Some of the names are current and could add to their total.
|Champ Bailey||52 career interceptions|
|Jake Scott||49 career interceptions|
|Terry Hoage||21 career interceptions|
|Tim Jennings||19 career interceptions|
|Sean Jones||17 career interceptions|