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Dave McMahon, Staff
GA Varsity

Another big win for the Dawgs last week as they dominated every phase of the game in a 41-0 win over the Vols in Knoxville. The shutout was the first over Tennessee since 1981 and the first in Knoxville since 1923. The shutout in 1923 wasn’t that rare since Kid Woodruff’s team shut out four of their first six opponents, but it is still nice to see.

The Dawgs are 5-0 and will try to make it 6-0 to start the season for the first time since 2012. Check out the history:

Georgia - Last Six 5-0 Starts and Their Next Game

6th Opponent

Result

2012

South Carolina

Lost 35-7

2006

Tennessee

Lost 51-33

2005 ***

Vanderbilt

Won 34-17

2002 ***

Tennessee

Won 18-13

1982 ***

Vanderbilt

Won 27-13

1980 ***

Vanderbilt

Won 41-0

*** Eventually Won the SEC Championship

We all know what else happened at the end of the 1980 season. In case you were wondering Georgia lost the third game of the season to Clemson in 1981 and then won the SEC.

Next up is Vanderbilt. This series goes back to 1893. The Commodores were Georgia’s fourth ever opponent. Vandy won that game 35-0 and once led the series 10-4-1. Georgia now leads 55-20-2. The 55 wins are the fourth most for Georgia against any opponent.

Georgia - Most Wins vs. Opponent

First Meeting

Overall Wins vs. Opponent

vs. Georgia Tech

1893

65

vs. Auburn

1892

57

vs. Kentucky

1939

56

vs. Vanderbilt

1893

55

vs. Florida

1904

50

• Kirby Smart was 0-4 against Tennessee as a player and 0-1 as a head coach before last Saturday's win. He was 4-0 against Vanderbilt as a player. Georgia has not lost two-in-a-row against Vanderbilt since losing three straight from 1956 to 1958.

Nick Chubb was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Tennessee. Chubb ran for 109 yards which is great since in his prior three meetings against the Volunteers he had just 37 yards on 13 attempts combined. If Chubb gets 109 more yards again he will eclipse the four thousand mark in his career. Remember Herschel Walker set a school record when he ran for 283 yards in 1980 against Vanderbilt… while I don’t think Chubb will do that, I do think he has a chance to pass some impressive people. Here are the all-time career rushers in SEC history (numbers 4-10).

SEC - Most Career Yards Rushing (4th through 10th place)

Team

Season

Career Rush Yards

4 - Bo Jackson

Auburn

1982-85

4,303

5 - Errict Rhett

Florida

1990-93

4,163

6 - Dalton Hilliard

LSU

1982-85

4,050

7 - Charles Alexander

LSU

1975-78

4,038

8 - Anthony Dixon

Mississippi State

2006-09

3,994

9 - Emmitt Smith

Florida

1987-89

3,928

10 - Nick Chubb

Georgia

2014-present

3,904

What about Sony Michel? Michel ran for 64 yards and had a nice 21-yard touchdown (his 20th of his career). He passed Thomas Brown for eighth place all-time and with one more yard, Michel moves into seventh. Here are places five through nine in Georgia’s all-time list of career yards rushing…

Georgia - Most Career Yards Rushing (5th through 9th place)

Seasons

Career Rush Yards

5 - Lars Tate

1984-87

3,017

6 - Knowshon Moreno

2007-08

2,734

7 - Rodney Hampton

1987-89

2,668

8 - Sony Michel

2014 - present

2,667

9 - Thomas Brown

2004-07

2,646

After a rough start, Jake Fromm settled down and managed the game well (not easy as a true freshman in Neyland Stadium). David Greene was the last Georgia freshman (true or redshirt) to defeat Tennessee in Knoxville (2001). Here is another break down on how Fromm has done this season in terms of downs:

Jake Fromm - Season Stats by Downs 

Comp / Att (Pct)

Pass Yards

TD Pass / Interceptions

First Down

24 / 33 (72.7)

397

3 / 0

Second Down

9 / 21 (42.9)

81

0 / 1

Third Down

16 / 29 (55.2)

234

5 / 1

Fourth Down

1 /1 (100.0)

22

0 / 0

Fromm also had two touchdown rushes in the game. They were the first rushing touchdown of his Georgia career. He became the first Bulldog quarterback to rush for two TDs in a game since Faton Bauta in 2014. Here are times that stat has happened for Georgia since 1998.

Georgia Quarterbacks - 2 TD Rush in a Game since 1998

Date

Opponent

Jake Fromm

9/30/17

Tennessee

Faton Bauta

9/20/14

Troy

Aaron Murray

11/16/13

Auburn

Aaron Murray

10/19/13

Vanderbilt

Aaron Murray

9/15/12

Florida Atlantic

Aaron Murray

10/9/10

Tennessee

Quincy Carter

10/30/99

Florida

Quincy Carter

9/12/98

South Carolina

• Javon Wims has 11 receptions this season and surprisingly enough that leads the team. He had a nice 12-yard touchdown reception in the game which was his second touchdown reception of the season. Wims only had one touchdown in 2016.

While Wims leads the team in receptions, Terry Godwin leads the team in receiving yards (and touchdown receptions). In the game against Tennessee, Godwin passed the thousand mark and now has 1,033 receiving yards in his career.

On defense, Georgia had a big interception from Tyrique McGhee on Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage. It was his first of his career. Later in the first half, J.R. Reed came up big with a pick of his own. It was also Reed's first of his career. The Bulldogs now have four interceptions in their last two games after having zero in their first three games.

Roquan Smith led the Dawgs with 11 tackles in the game. It was his fourth career game with double-digit tackles in a game. His 38 tackles on the season is tied for the sixth most in the SEC.

• On the whole, 22 players had tackles in the game and the 142 total yards by Tennessee was Georgia’s second fewest allowed to an SEC opponent in the 2000’s. Here are the top five fewest yards allowed for the Bulldogs:

Georgia Defense - Fewest Total Yards Allowed by SEC Opponent in 2000's

Rush Yards

Pass Yards

Total Yards

2010 vs. Vanderbilt

58

82

140

2012 vs. Tennessee

62

80

142

2014 vs. Missouri

50

97

147

2015 vs. Missouri

21

143

164

2016 vs. Auburn

127

37

164

I don’t have a stat on blocking punts with their face (like D’Andre Walker), but I do recall Georgia once stepped on Tennessee’s face one time with a hobnail boot and broke their nose.


Here are some of the highlights of it all courtesy of CBS Sports...

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