Statistically Speaking - Bowl Edition

Dec. 31, 2013

by Dave McMahon

It is bowl time once again! Every season since 1997, the Georgia Bulldogs have played a bowl game at the end of their season. Some are better than others, but nonetheless it rewards players, coaches and administration for their time and effort throughout the season. It also gives the team more practice time to learn things they may do in the following seasons. Georgia's first bowl game was the Orange Bowl against TCU on January 1, 1942. This season's bowl game is also on January 1st and it is at the Gator Bowl against Nebraska. Georgia has been to Gator Bowl before twice before. Once following the 1947 season tying Maryland and the other following the 1988 season defeating Michigan State. That game against the Spartans was Vince Dooley's final game as Georgia's head coach. All you passionate fans already knew that, so I need to find more stuff for you in this bowl edition of Statistically Speaking.

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 and for even more statistical insights you can follow me on twitter @dave_mc_stats.

In all, Georgia has an all-time bowl record of 27-18-3. The 48 prior bowl appearances are the 6th most by any team. (Nebraska, this season's opponent has 49.) The 27 bowl wins is tied for third for the most wins in the nation. Here is that list entering this bowl season.

Alabama35 bowl wins
Southern Cal32
Penn State27

Like I mentioned earlier they have appeared in a bowl game following each since 1997. This is the 17th straight season doing so. They are also tied for third for the longest current active streak. Here are those top four. The number counts this season since all are playing in one.

Florida State32 straight
Virginia Tech21 straight
Georgia17 straight
Georgia Tech17 straight

In Georgia's previous 48 bowl games, 23 have been played on January 1st. The most memorable one was of course in 1981 when Georgia won it all by defeating Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. The Bulldogs also claimed some National Championship honors after winning the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1947 against North Carolina. Another big-time game on January 1st was in the year 2000. It was the first major sporting event of the millennium. It started at 11:07 am eastern time which was four minutes and 50 seconds prior to the start of the Cotton Bowl. In that game Georgia came back from down 25-0 to defeat Drew Brees and Purdue in overtime. All together the Dawgs are 16-6-1 on New Year's Day.

Mark Richt is 6-0 on New Year's Day and is 8-4 overall in bowl games. He is currently tied for the most bowl wins by a Georgia head coach. Here is the list of the five head coaches at Georgia that has led their team to bowl games and their record.

Vince Dooley8-10-2
Mark Richt8-4
Wally Butts5-2-1
Jim Donnan4-0
Ray Goff2-2

This is the first time that Georgia is facing the same opponent in two straight bowl games. This is the third time they are facing Nebraska in a bowl game. They lost to the Cornhuskers in the 1969 Sun Bowl and of course won the rematch last season in the Capital One Bowl. Nebraska will be the fourth team that Georgia has played in at least three bowl games. Georgia tangled with future SEC opponent Arkansas four times in bowls while Michigan State and Virginia each faced the Dawgs three times in the postseason.

Last season, Georgia broke their personal record by scoring 45 points in a bowl game. Four times the Bulldogs have posted 40 in a bowl game. Here they are.

45 points2013 Capital One Bowl vs Nebraska
44 points2009 Independence Bowl vs Texas A&M
41 points2008 Sugar Bowl vs Hawaii
40 points1942 Orange Bowl vs TCU

On the defensive side, Georgia has posted three shutouts. Here they are.

1943 Rose Bowl vs UCLA
1960 Orange Bowl vs Missouri
1964 Sun Bowl vs Texas Tech

I decided to look at some of the best marks set by individual Georgia Bulldogs in bowl games and compare them to the best in a bowl game under Mark Richt. Here are those numbers.

All-timeUnder Richt
Most rushesHerschel Walker (36)Verron Haynes (27), Kregg Lumpkin (27)
Most rush yardsGarrison Hearst (163)Musa Smith (145)
Most TD rushesRobert Edwards (3)Caleb King (2), Knowshon Moreno (2)
Longest rushKent Lawrence (74), Robert Edwards (74)Thomas Brown (52)
Most pass completionsHines Ward (31)David Greene (27)
Most pass yardsAaron Murray (427)same
Most TD passesAaron Murray (5)same
Longest pass thrownAaron Murray (87)same
Most pass receptionsHines Ward (12)A.J. Green (8)
Most rec yardsTavarres King (205)same
Most TD receptions5 players with (2)3 of the 5
Longest receptionChris Conley (87)same
Most field goalsKanon Parkman (4), Billy Bennett (4)Bennett (4)
Longest field goalBrandon Coutu (52)same
Interceptions made5 players with (2)3 of the 5
Long INT return for TDGary Moss (81)Bruce Thornton (71)

Georgia's first ever touchdown scored in a bowl game was by Ken Keuper. It was a 2-yard run in the first quarter of the 1942 Orange Bowl against TCU. That game was led by Frank Sinkwich who is the following season (1942 season) became the first Georgia player and the first SEC player to win the Heisman Trophy. In the 1942 Orange Bowl (1941 season) he had 139 yards rushing and a touchdown and 243 yards passing and three touchdowns. Scoring in multiple ways is nothing shocking these days for Georgia, but it hasn't always been that way. Here are the Bulldogs that have scored touchdowns in different ways in the same bowl game.

Rushing and Passing touchdowns ---

Frank Sinkwich (1942 Orange Bowl) Johnny Rauch (1948 Gator Bowl) Andy Johnson (1973 Peach Bowl) Quincy Carter (1998 Peach Bowl) Quincy Carter (2000 Outback Bowl)

Rushing and Receiving touchdowns ---

Rodney Hampton (1989 Gator Bowl) Andre Hastings (1991 Independence Bowl)

Passing and Punt return touchdowns ---

Charley Trippi (1945 Oil Bowl)

Rushing and Punt return touchdowns ---

Zippy Morocco (1950 Presidential Cup)

Receiving and Punt return touchdowns ---

Brandon Boykin (2012 Outback Bowl)

*** Hines Ward was the starting quarterback in the 1995 Peach Bowl had a rushing touchdown but not a passing touchdown despite throwing for 413 yards. He did a 2-point conversion pass to Brice Hunter though.

*** Terrence Edwards who holds almost every Georgia receiving record at Georgia led Georgia in rush yards and receiving yards in both bowl games in the calendar year of 2000. In both of those games he failed to get a receiving touchdown, but did have a rushing touchdown in both. He later did have a touchdown reception in the 2003 Sugar Bowl.

*** In the Brandon Boykin game mentioned above he did also have a safety in the first quarter. He also had a kickoff return for touchdown in the 2009 Independence Bowl.


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