Statistically Speaking - Bowl Edition

Dec. 31, 2012

by Dave McMahon
@dave_mc_stats
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Time to go bowling and for Georgia that is nothing new for the Bulldogs. The Dawgs have appeared in a bowl game after every season since 1997. This time Georgia will face Nebraska. The two teams have faced each other one other time and that too was in a bowl game. The Cornhuskers defeated the Bulldogs in the 1969 Sun Bowl. Dawg fans hope this season comes out a little different.

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.

And now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

This will be Georgia's 48th bowl game in their history. In those games, Georgia has a combined record of 26-18-3. The 26 bowl wins is the 6th most by any school. Here are those top schools.

Alabama34
Southern California32
Penn State27
Oklahoma27
Texas27
Georgia26

As I mentioned above the Dawgs have been in a bowl game every season since 1997. This will be the 16th straight bowl game for Georgia. They are tied for fourth for the longest current streak. Here is the top-5. (the streak counts this season)

Florida State31
Florida22
Virginia Tech20
Georgia16
Georgia Tech16

Georgia's first bowl game was the 1942 Orange Bowl when the Dawgs defeated TCU 40-26. Those Bulldogs were led by Wally Butts. In this game Mark Richt has a chance to tie another head coach by most wins by a Bulldog head coach. Here is a breakdown of Georgia's bowls broken down by head coaches.

Wally Butts5-2-1
Vince Dooley8-10-2
Ray Goff2-2
Jim Donnan4-0
Mark Richt7-4

This is the 6th time that Georgia will be playing a bowl game in Orlando, Florida and have a 3-1-1 record in those games. Here is a look at these past games.

1974Tangerine Bowllost to Miami (OH) 21-10
1984Citrus Bowltied FSU 17-17
1993Citrus Bowldefeated Ohio State 21-14
2004Capital One Bowldefeated Purdue 34-27 in OT
2009Capital One Bowldefeated Michigan State 24-12

Georgia will have to play a strong game on offense, defense and special teams to conquer the mighty Cornhuskers. Here are the top-3 previous best scoring bowl games on offense and the 3 lowest scores by opponents for the Bulldogs.

44 points2009 Independence Bowlvs Texas A&M
41 points2008 Sugar Bowlvs Hawai'i
40 points1942 Orange Bowlvs TCU
0 points1943 Rose Bowlvs UCLA
0 points1960 Orange Bowlvs Missouri
0 points1964 Sun Bowlvs Texas Tech

Many of today's current Bulldogs have the ability to put up some impressive numbers in the bowl game. If they want to set some team records these are the top 3 by Georgia players in bowl games.

Most pass yards
Hines Ward413 yards1995 Peach Bowl vs Virginia
David Greene327 yards2004 Capital One Bowl vs Purdue
David Greene288 yards2001 Music City Bowl vs Boston College
Aaron Murray288 yards2012 Outback Bowl vs Michigan State
Most rush yards
Garrison Hearst163 yards1993 Citrus Bowl vs Ohio State
Jimmy Poulos161 yards1971 Gator Bowl vs North Carolina
Herschel Walker150 yards1981 Sugar Bowl vs Notre Dame
Most receiving yards
Tavarres King205 yards2012 Outback Bowl vs Michigan State
Larry Bowie156 yards1995 Peach Bowl vs Virginia
Hines Ward154 yards1998 Outback Bowl vs Wisconsin

Men's Basketball ---

Mark Fox's basketball team has been on a roll lately. The Bulldogs have won 3 straight and are heading in the right direction. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is leading the way averaging over 17 points per game. He also leads the team in minutes played, field goals made and attempted, rebounds and steals.

KCP has scored more than 10 points in each game this season. The last game vs Florida A&M was close. He finished the game with 11 points and his two free throws with 29 seconds left sent him into double figures.

GamesDouble-Digit Point Games
Freshman Season3222
Sophomore Season1212

The three freshmen have showed up big as well as of late. Charles Mann, Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris have all got good minutes and performed well during this win streak.

Charles Mann has been on guard for the Dawgs. He has been shooting and passing at a high level. In fact, Mann is 4th in the SEC in assists among true freshmen, which is not bad considering he did not play over 18 minutes in any of the team's first 8 games. Here are the top 5 SEC true freshmen in assists.

AssistsMinutes Played
Archie GoodwinKentucky48386
Alex CarusoTexas A&M44272
J'Mychal ReeseTexas A&M32364
Charles MannGeorgia28225
Nerlens NoelKentucky21358

Nemanja Djurisic came on strong in the game vs Florida A&M. The sophomore led the Dawgs with a career-high 21 points. He had 21 points total in the 5 games prior.

Other Bulldogs to shine lately was Sherrard Brantley who nailed all three of his 3-pt field goal attempts vs the Rattlers. It was the 5th time he has hit three 3's in a game.

Women's Basketball ---

The Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss this season, but are still having a great season. Andy Landers' bunch is now 12-1 including a perfect 8-0 at home.

Andy Landers has always demanded a strong defensive team and these girls have done a good job so far at it. The team has 187 steals this season, which is the 2nd most in the NCAA. Here are the top 5.

North Carolina195 steals
Georgia187 steals
Alabama180 steals
East Carolina175 steals
Auburn173 steals

Offensively Jasmine Hassell has led Georgia in scoring. At times it appears that the senior never misses. This season she shot 50 percent or better in 9 of 13 games. Here is breakdown in her career in games shooting 50 percent or better.

Games shooting 50 FG pct or betterTotal Games
Freshman2134
Sophomore1834
Junior2231
Senior913

Bulldogs in the NBA ---

Damien Wilkins is still going strong and is playing for the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Earlier this season he had his 700th career assist. Here is the top-5 in career assists in the NBA by former Georgia Bulldogs.

Vern Fleming4,293 assists
Dominique Wilkins2,677 assists
Willie Anderson2,105 assists
Shandon Anderson1,007 assists
Damien Wilkins705 assists

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

The Pro Bowl selections were made this week and once again football fans especially Bulldog fans see a familiar face. Champ Bailey was named to his 12th Pro Bowl game. That is the most by a defensive back and among the most by any player. Here is that impressive list.

Bruce MatthewsOffensive Line14 Pro Bowls
Tony GonzalezTight End13 Pro Bowls
Jerry RiceWide Receiver13 Pro Bowls
Reggie WhiteDefensive End13 Pro Bowls
Champ BaileyCornerback12 Pro Bowls
Peyton ManningQuarterback12 Pro Bowls
Ray LewisLinebacker12 Pro Bowls
Junior SeauLinebacker12 Pro Bowls
Randall McDanielGuard12 Pro Bowls
Will ShieldsGuard12 Pro Bowls

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