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September 24, 2008
No "I" in Statistics Week 5
Georgia keeps on winning and so we will keep looking at the next game in terms of records. The Bulldogs seek to be 5-0 and have accomplished that 15 times in previous seasons. In the Mark Richt era the Dawgs have started 5-0 three times (2002, 2005 and 2006). In contrast, Vince Dooley only reached that record three times (1971, 1980 and 1982). It has happened three times in back-to-back seasons. In 1910 and 1911, 1930 and 1931 and 2005 and 2006.
Georgia faces Alabama this Saturday and for some reason the two teams haven't faced that much that often. In the last 50 years these two historic powerhouses have faced each other just 21 times. The great Herschel Walker never had a chance to run crazy against a Bear Bryant defense. The Dawgs do have the third most wins all-time against Alabama. Their 25 wins only falls behind Tennessee's 38 and Auburn's 33.
Knowshon Moreno had another high-flying game. He now has nine touchdowns this season and is averaging 13.5 points per game which leads the SEC and is third in the Nation. The nine rushing touchdowns trails only Michigan State's Javon Ringer's 11 and UConn's Donald Brown's 10.
To continue a theme from previous weeks let's take a look at their first 17 games:
Knowshon also has seven multi-touchdown games in his career. Including bowl games, Herschel had 16 in his career and Garrison Hearst had 10.
Moreno's 113.8 rush yards per game is 2nd in the SEC behind LSU's Charles Scott and ranks 13th in the NCAA. But his 455 rush yards leads all conference players.
The Bulldogs on the whole have rushed for 189.2 yards per game which is 4th in the SEC and 35th in NCAA. The total offense of 450 yards per game leads the SEC and is 22nd in NCAA.
Even though Matthew Stafford hasn't reached the mythical 300-yard marker he still had a career best in passing yards with 285 against Arizona State. His top two games have both come this season with the other being against Georgia Southern when he had 275 yards. His 229.8 pass yards per game is 2nd in the SEC (behind's Arkansas' Casey Dick). In case you are wondering Florida's Tim Tebow is 7th in the SEC.
Stafford's passing yards per attempt have gone up every year.
He is also 1 of 5 quarterbacks in the nation that has over thrown over 100 passes this season without throwing an interception. The other 4 are not necessarily a who's who. They are Omar Clayton (UNLV), Thaddeus Lewis (Duke), Riley Skinner (Wake Forest) and Giovanni Vizza (North Texas).
A.J. Green had a breakout game catching eight passes for 159 yards. If it seems like it has been a long time since Georgia had a dominant receiver, well there is reason. The 159 yards was the fourth most in the Mark Richt era. Fred Gibson has the Georgia record with 201 yards which he did against Kentucky in his freshman year in 2001. The other two best performances before Green's belong to Fred again in 2004 and Terrence Edwards in 2002. Terrence had a bigger game in 1999, but that was not under Richt.
The eight catches was the most in a game with Matthew Stafford passing. Mohamed Massaquoi who had 6 in 2 separate games against Georgia Tech and Martrez Milner's six vs. Vanderbilt in 2006 was the previous high.
There were a lot of changes in the offensive line this past week. Right now Georgia has nine current players on the offensive line with at least one start. Those players are:
The same can almost be said for defensive backs. The Bulldogs have 7 players on the active roster that have started at least 1 game. Those players are:
Speaking of Bryan Evans, his seven tackles against Arizona State were more than the six he had in his first three games combined. Also his seven tackles tied a his career-high. He also notched seven in his first career start against Mississippi State in 2006.
Guess which player is leading the SEC in sacks with three? Rennie Curran is tied for first with Auburn's Antonio Coleman. Last season Rennie had 3 all season. He is also tied for 8th in the SEC with 7.2 tackles per game.
There is a lot of talk about how Georgia has struggled rushing the passer. The Bulldogs are actually tied for 2nd in the SEC with 10. Vanderbilt leads the conference with 11.
Georgia allowed Arizona State to just 4 yards rushing in the game. It was the second best defensive performance under Mark Richt. Only the Sugar Bowl win against Hawaii provided a lower total when Warriors were held to -5. The third best performance was the South Carolina game where the Gamecocks managed just 18 yards. So that is just 22 yards rushing yards in the last two games.