Dec. 31, 2012
by Dave McMahon
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...
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.
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)
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.
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.
|1974||Tangerine Bowl||lost to Miami (OH) 21-10|
|1984||Citrus Bowl||tied FSU 17-17|
|1993||Citrus Bowl||defeated Ohio State 21-14|
|2004||Capital One Bowl||defeated Purdue 34-27 in OT|
|2009||Capital One Bowl||defeated 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 points||2009 Independence Bowl||vs Texas A&M|
|41 points||2008 Sugar Bowl||vs Hawai'i|
|40 points||1942 Orange Bowl||vs TCU|
|0 points||1943 Rose Bowl||vs UCLA|
|0 points||1960 Orange Bowl||vs Missouri|
|0 points||1964 Sun Bowl||vs 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 Ward||413 yards||1995 Peach Bowl vs Virginia|
|David Greene||327 yards||2004 Capital One Bowl vs Purdue|
|David Greene||288 yards||2001 Music City Bowl vs Boston College|
|Aaron Murray||288 yards||2012 Outback Bowl vs Michigan State|
|Most rush yards|
|Garrison Hearst||163 yards||1993 Citrus Bowl vs Ohio State|
|Jimmy Poulos||161 yards||1971 Gator Bowl vs North Carolina|
|Herschel Walker||150 yards||1981 Sugar Bowl vs Notre Dame|
|Most receiving yards|
|Tavarres King||205 yards||2012 Outback Bowl vs Michigan State|
|Larry Bowie||156 yards||1995 Peach Bowl vs Virginia|
|Hines Ward||154 yards||1998 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.
|Games||Double-Digit Point Games|
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.
|Alex Caruso||Texas A&M||44||272|
|J'Mychal Reese||Texas A&M||32||364|
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 Carolina||195 steals|
|East Carolina||175 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 better||Total Games|
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 Fleming||4,293 assists|
|Dominique Wilkins||2,677 assists|
|Willie Anderson||2,105 assists|
|Shandon Anderson||1,007 assists|
|Damien Wilkins||705 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 Matthews||Offensive Line||14 Pro Bowls|
|Tony Gonzalez||Tight End||13 Pro Bowls|
|Jerry Rice||Wide Receiver||13 Pro Bowls|
|Reggie White||Defensive End||13 Pro Bowls|
|Champ Bailey||Cornerback||12 Pro Bowls|
|Peyton Manning||Quarterback||12 Pro Bowls|
|Ray Lewis||Linebacker||12 Pro Bowls|
|Junior Seau||Linebacker||12 Pro Bowls|
|Randall McDaniel||Guard||12 Pro Bowls|
|Will Shields||Guard||12 Pro Bowls|