Numbers Watch

Dave McMahon, Staff
GA Varsity

• Of the 23 times Georgia has faced Mississippi State, this is the first time that the team from Starkville is ranked in the AP poll (they were 18th in the UPI in 1982). MSU comes in at No. 17.

• Georgia has started the season 3-0 each of the last three seasons and five out of the last 11 seasons. Here is how the Bulldogs have fared in the fourth game in those seasons.

Georgia: 3-0 Starts (Since 2007 Season)

First Three Opponents

Fourth Game Result

2008

Georgia Southern/Central Michigan/South Carolina

Defeated Arizona State

2012

Buffalo/Missouri/Florida Atlantic

Defeated Vanderbilt

2015

Louisiana-Monroe/Vanderbilt/South Carolina

Defeated Southern

2016

North Carolina/Nicholls/Missouri

Lost to Ole Miss

2017

Appalachian State/Notre Dame/Samford

TBD

• Georgia scored 42 points last Saturday and did so just three quarters. The 42 points are the most Georgia has scored under Kirby Smart and Jim Chaney.

• Last week we compared Jacob Eason to Jake Fromm statistically through two games and the numbers were pretty identical. Here are the two gunslingers after three games in the collegiate careers.

Georgia Quarterback Comparison Through 3 Career Games

Record

Comp Pct

Pass Yards

TD Pass / INT

Jacob Eason

2016

3-0 (2-0 as starter)

55.2

643

5 / 2

Jake Fromm

2017

3-0 (2-0 as starter)

59.6

449

5 / 1

Nick Chubb had another fine performance as he ran for 131 yards on just 16 attempts (8.2 ypc average). Not bad since he was only out of the field for 28 snaps. It was his 19th 100-yard rushing game of his Georgia career. The puts Chubb second behind Herschel Walker’s 28 (Walker actually had 30, but bowl stats did not count during his time) among Georgia running backs.

• Chubb also had two more rushing touchdowns which gives him 33 for his career. He's now tied for fourth with Garrison Hearst all-time at Georgia. We have been providing a chart all season, but now that others are doing likewise, we've decided to do something else.

Surprisingly enough, Chubb has never had three touchdown rushes in a single game. Here is a breakdown on how Georgia fares in relation to Chubb's number of scores.

Nick Chubb - Georgia Record Comparison

Georgia Record

Zero Touchdown Rushes

7-6

One Touchdown Rush

7-4

Two Touchdown Rushes

11-0

Sony Michel did not play last week and remains in tenth place all-time on Georgia’s career yards rushing chart. Once again he has a chance to pass many former Bulldog greats.

Georgia: Career Rush Yard Leaders (6th through 10th place)

Seasons

Career Rush Yards

6th - Knowshon Moreno

2007-08

2,734

7th - Rodney Hampton

1987-89

2,668

8th - Thomas Brown

2004-07

2,646

9th - Kevin McLee

1975-77

2,581

10th - Sony Michel

2014-present

2,571

• Chubb still stands in second, but needs 1,545 yards rushing to tie Walker.

• On the receiving end, Mecole Hardman scored his first career touchdown and Terry Godwin had two scores. Godwin now has three touchdowns on just six catches this season. His three touchdown receptions are more than he had in his first two seasons combined. Only one player caught a pair of touchdown receptions in the same game last season and only one the season before. That used to be more common when Mike Bobo was the offensive coordinator.

Georgia: 2 TD Receptions in the Same Game Since 2014

Date

Player

Opponent

September 20, 2014

Michael Bennett

Troy

October 4, 2014

Chris Conley

Vanderbilt

November 8, 2014

Jeb Blazevich

Kentucky

November 8, 2014

Chris Conley

Kentucky

November 22, 2014

Chris Conley

Charleston Southern

September 19, 2015

Sony Michel

South Carolina

September 17, 2016

Isaiah McKenzie

Missouri

September 16, 2017

Terry Godwin

Samford

• On defense, Georgia continues to be impressive. Here is how Georgia has fared in total yards allowed by their first three opponents compared to what those teams have been averaging.

Georgia Opponents: First 3 Games

Total Yards against Georgia

Average in Other Games

Appalachian State

284

453.5

Notre Dame

265

608.5

Samford

249

375.0

• The rushing defense was particularly impressive. Georgia held Samford to the seventh lowest rushing output by any Bulldog opponent since 2010.

Georgia Rush Defense: Fewest Rush Yards Allowed in a Game Since 2010

Opponent

Rushes

Yards

Average

2011

Tennessee

23

-21

-0.9

2011

Florida

22

-19

-0.9

2013

North Texas

25

7

0.3

2010

Tennessee

26

9

0.3

2010

Louisiana-Lafayette

29

14

0.5

2015

Missouri

22

21

1.0

2017

Samford

23

22

1.0

• On pass defense, after a memorable performance against the Fighting Irish, Lorenzo Carter had another big game, notching two more sacks. It was the third time that he has had at least two sacks in a game. He had two and a half against Kentucky as a freshman in 2014 and two more last season against Vanderbilt. Only two Bulldogs had two or more sacks in a game last season. Besides Carter, Trenton Thompson had three against TCU in the Liberty Bowl.

• The Dawgs defense will have a tough challenge this week as Georgia-native Nick Fitzgerald comes to town. Fitzgerald led the SEC in touchdown rushes last season and was second in rushing yards. He is 2-3 all-time against ranked teams, but last week he ran for 88 yards and two scores while throwing for 180 yards and two more scores in the upset win over LSU in Starkville.

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