Its a Numbers game
In a week that was full of ranked teams going down, the Bulldogs remained in the
win column. They had their share of moments that made Dawg fans shake their
heads, but for the most part Georgia played well. Playing well doesn't describe Todd Gurley... playing great
is more apt... then again that may not be a strong enough word.
• Gurley passed Lars Tate and now sits at third
place on the all-time Georgia rush yard list. Next up is Garrison Hearst and
Gurley should pass him against Missouri. Here is that top five list.
Herschel Walker - 5,259 rushing yards
Garrison Hearst - 3,232
Todd Gurley - 3,147
Lars Tate - 3,017
Knowshon Moreno - 2,734
Gurley's total is almost in the top 20 all-time in the SEC. Number 20 in the
conference is Florida's Neal Anderson with 3,234.
Throughout the game, Georgia was running the "Wild Dawg" offense and one time,
Gurley showed his skills by throwing a pass. Gurley connected with Jeb Blazevich
for 50 yards. If the throw was more in stride it might have been a touchdown.
Non-quarterbacks have thrown the ball before for Georgia and none bigger than
tight end Richard Appleby finding Gene Washington on and end-around pass for 80
yards in a game where Georgia trailed Florida 7-3 in the 4th quarter during the
1975 Cocktail Party. The Bulldogs won 10-7. Other non-quarterbacks who recently
threw the ball were Thomas Brown, Michael Greer and the perfectly named Patrick
Pass (I am not counting Hines Ward who quarterbacked the Dawgs during his
sophomore season). Here are the top five longest passes completed by
non-quarterbacks under Mark Richt.
50 yards - Gurley to Blazevich (2014 vs. Vanderbilt)
42 yards - Rantavious Wooten to Arthur Lynch (2013 vs. North Texas)
40 yards - Michael Johnson to Fred Gibson (2003 vs. Auburn)
30 yards - Terrence Edwards to Damien Gary (2001 vs. Kentucky)
16 yards - Arthur Lynch to Sanders Commings (2012 vs. Alabama)
Edwards was 5-for-8 in his career for 60 career yards. He was a perfect 3-for-3
Gurley had two more touchdown runs to give him 35 in his career. He currently
stands in third place on the Georgia list. Here are the top five.
49 - Herschel Walker
36 - Lars Tate
35 - Todd Gurley
33 - Garrison Hearst
32 - Charley Trippi
While he is third on Georgia's list; he is tied for 16th on the SEC list. Here
are his surroundings.
12th - Marcus Lattimore (38 TD rushes)
13th - Deuce McAllister (37)
T-14th - Lars Tate (36)
T-14th - Emmitt Smith (36)
T-16th - Todd Gurley (35)
T-16th - James Stewart (35)
T-16th - Trent Richardson (35)
• Gurley had 163 rushing yards in the game against Vanderbilt. Four of his top five
rushing performances in his career have come in his first five games this
season. The only game he did not reach such a feat was against Troy. He probably
could've reached incredible numbers if he'd been let loose against the Trojans.
He now has 17 career games in which he reached at least 100 rush yards. Georgia
is 14-3 in those games. Here are the top three players in Georgia history
with the most 100-yard rush games.
28 games - Herschel Walker
17 games - Todd Gurley
16 games - Garrison Hearst
In terms of 150-yard rush games; it is not even close. Herschel had 19 (nine
with 200) and Gurley has four.
• Gurley is better than Herschel in this category:
Herschel Walker ran for a first down in 266 of 994 rush attempts or 26.8 percent
of his runs. Todd Gurley has 141 first down runs in 481 rush attempts or 29.3
percent in rushing attempts.
• Nick Chubb ran for 78 yards including a 33-yard touchdown. Chubb now has 224
rush yards on the season which is one more yard than teammate and fellow
freshman Sony Michel. Georgia and Auburn are the only SEC schools with three
different players with 200 or more rush yards this season. However, the Bulldogs
are the only one with three different running backs.
touchdown receptions by Chris Conley. Conley now has 14 touchdown receptions in
his career and having two in game is nothing new. He has done that three times. Here are all the Bulldogs that have done that feat at least twice
in a game under Mark Richt.
4 games - A.J. Green
3 games - Chris Conley
3 games - Fred Gibson
3 games - Sean Bailey
2 games - Terrence Edwards (he had four, but only two under Mark Richt)
2 games - Marlon Brown
2 games - Reggie Brown
2 games - Mohamed Massaquoi
2 games - Tavarres King
2 games - Rantavious Wooten
As mentioned, freshman Jeb Blazevich had a big game catching Gurley's pass
and ending up with 86 receiving yards for the game. That total is in the top 10
highest totals by a tight end under Mark Richt. Here is that list.
111 yards - Martrez Milner (2005 vs. Boise State)
109 yards - Orson Charles (2011 vs. Boise State)
108 yards - Orson Charles (2010 vs. Florida)
108 yards - Randy McMichael (2001 at Tennessee)
102 yards - Leonard Pope (2005 vs. Auburn)
95 yards - Orson Charles (2011 at Georgia Tech)
91 yards - Leonard Pope (2004 at Kentucky)
90 yards - Leonard Pope (2004 vs. Florida)
86 yards - Jeb Blazevich (2014 vs. Vanderbilt)
86 yards - Ben Watson (2003 SEC Championship vs. LSU)
What a game and what a tribute that Devin Bowman had for teammate Rico
Johnson. Bowman, wearing number 19 in honor of Johnson, intercepted a Stephen
Rivers pass and ran 63 yards for a touchdown. It was his first career
interception and touchdown.
The 63 yards was the seventh longest interception return in the Mark Richt era.
All of the top seven are pick six's. Here are those seven picks.
99 yards - Odell Thurman (2003 vs. Auburn)
82 yards - Jermaine Phillips (2001 at Ole Miss)
78 yards - Kentrell Curry (2002 vs. New Mexico State)
78 yards - Demarcus Dobbs (2008 vs. Central Michigan)
71 yards - Bruce Thornton (2003 Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State)
64 yards - Tim Jennings (2002 vs. Ole Miss)
63 yards - Devin Bowman (2014 vs. Vanderbilt)
If Bowman gets another pick six he would be including on this list of Bulldogs
that have two or more interceptions returns for touchdown under Mark Richt. Here
are those star defenders.
Bacarri Rambo - 3 interceptions
Darryl Gamble - 2 interceptions (same game)
Tim Jennings - 2 interceptions