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Dave McMahon, Staff
GA Varsity

Georgia picked up another big win last Saturday and this week the Bulldogs head to Knoxville for their first SEC road game of the season. The Dawgs have started 4-0 seven previous times in the 2000’s and on four of those occasions they have won their fifth game, including twice against the Volunteers.

Georgia: 4-0 Starts in the 2000's

Season

5th Game Result

2002

Alabama

Won 27-25

2004

Tennessee

Lost 19-14

2005

Tennessee

Won 27-14

2006

Ole Miss

Won 14-9

2008

Alabama

Lost 41-30

2012

Tennessee

Won 51-44

2015

Alabama

Lost 38-10

2017

Tennessee

TBD

This will be Kirby Smart’s first time facing Tennessee on the road as a head coach. As a player he went 0-2, but he did win there as Georgia’s running backs coach in 2005. He was also 4-0 in Knoxville as the Alabama defensive coordinator. The Bulldogs are only 10-12-1 in Knoxville and 8-10 in Neyland Stadium. Here are the coaches who have won up there.

Georgia Head Coaches to Win in Knoxville

Games Won

Seasons

Mark Richt

5

2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2013

Vince Dooley

2

1973, 1980

Kid Woodruff

1

1923

J. Coulter and Frank Dobson

1

1909

M.M. Dickinson

1

1903

• Many of the games in the series have been close but lately the matchups have resulted in razor thin margins. Aside from the last minute score of the previous two years, the last six meetings have been decided by one possession (8 points or less).

• Through the first four games of last season, the Bulldogs allowed an average of 30 points per game. This season through four games they have been allowing an average of 11.5, with no opponent scoring over 19 points. Most of the opponent points have been on a shortened field or against second and third team players. What makes the defensive stats more impressive is that the teams Georgia has faced have a combined record of 10-2 excluding games against the Bulldogs.

• Mississippi State came in ranked No. 17 and was averaging over 47 points per game. The Georgia defense only allowed a field goal and made an impressive stop at the end of the game preventing a touchdown. Georgia has kept a ranked team from scoring a touchdown four times since 1996.

Georgia: Allowing Zero TD vs. Ranked Team Since 1996

Ranked Opponent

Score

2002

vs. No. 22 Arkansas

30-3

2012

vs. No. 3 Florida

17-9

2014

vs. No. 23 Missouri

34-0

2017

vs. No. 17 Mississippi State

31-3

*** SEC Championship Game

The Dawgs picked off their first passes of the season when Deandre Baker intercepted Nick Fitzgerald in the third quarter and a few minutes later Dominick Sanders did the same. It was Baker’s third career interception while it was Sanders’ 13th. The 13th pick ties Sanders for fifth all-time. One of the players he is tied with is his head coach, Kirby Smart. Here are the Bulldogs’ career interception leader:

Georgia: Most Career Interceptions

Seasons

Career Interceptions

Jake Scott

1967-68

16

Bacarri Rambo

2009-12

16

Jeff Hipp

1979-80

14

Terry Hoage

1981-83

14

Scott Woerner

1978-80

13

Jeff Sanchez

1982, 1984

13

Ben Smith

1987-89

13

Kirby Smart

1995-98

13

Dominick Sanders

2014-present

13

On offense, the Dawgs used a balance attack to defeat MSU. Georgia had 203 yards rushing and 201 yards passing. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Georgia has had two hundred yards in both categories (in the same game) 24 times, but just five times against ranked opponents. The last time came against Louisville in the 2014 Belk Bowl. The Cardinals’ defensive coordinator in that game was Todd Grantham.

Jake Fromm was on target all game against MSU, especially on the flea flicker. For the game, he was 9-for-12 passing and two of three passes that were incomplete were dropped and the third was thrown away. He also threw for two touchdowns and 201 yards. The 201 yards was a career-high which shows he really hasn’t thrown that much, especially late in games. Here is a breakdown of Fromm by quarter this season.

Jake Fromm: Quarter-by-Quarter Passing this season

Comp / Att (Comp Pct)

Pass Yards

TD Passes

Interceptions

1st Quarter

18 / 25 (72%)

302

2

0

2nd Quarter

12 / 20 (60%)

160

3

1

3rd Quarter

9 / 19 (47%)

139

2

0

4th Quarter

4 / 5 (80%)

49

0

0

Here is a breakdown of Fromm and Jacob Eason through their first four games of their career. It is a little misleading since Eason struggled a lot in his fourth game against Ole Miss last season.

Freshman Stats - Through First 4 Games

Jacob Eason

Jake Fromm

Season

2016

2017

Record (as starter)

3-1 (2-1)

4-0 (3-0)

Comp Pct

52.0

62.3

Pass Yards

780

650

TD / INT

5 / 3

7 / 1

• Nick Chubb was a major factor again, rushing for 81 yards on just 15 attempts (5.4 average). He also scored twice and if you remember from a previous article, that makes Georgia 12-0 when Chubb rushes for two touchdowns. He has yet to rush for three in a game. Chubb does have 35 TDs in his career which makes him fourth all-time on Georgia’s career list. He will be second to only Herschel Walker if he gets two more on Saturday and would pass Lars Tate and Todd Gurley.

• Chubb has bad memories against Tennessee as he injured his knee two seasons ago and missed the rest of the season and last season he barely even played against the Vols. Here are his career numbers against the six other SEC East teams as well as Auburn and Georgia Tech (the eight teams Georgia faces each season).

Nick Chubb: Rushing Career vs. 8 Common Opponents

Career Games

Attempts / Yards (avg)

TD Rushes

vs. South Carolina

3

41/ 314 (7.7)

4

vs. Vanderbilt

3

43 / 307 (7.1)

1

vs. Kentucky

2

34 / 255 (7.5)

1

vs. Auburn

2

42 / 245 (5.8)

2

vs. Georgia Tech

2

47 / 217 (4.6)

2

vs. Missouri

2

57 / 206 (3.6)

1

vs. Florida

2

30 / 176 (5.9)

1

vs. Tennessee

3

13 / 37 (2.8)

0 ***

*** Does have a touchdown reception against Tennessee in 2014

• Here is my Sony Michel chart from previous weeks. Last week he moved up to the ninth spot as he passed Kevin McLee. He has a chance to pass a few more this week.

Georgia: Career Yards Rushing List (6th through 10th place)

Seasons

Career Yards Rushing

6 - Knowshon Moreno

2007-08

2,734

7 - Rodney Hampton

1987-89

2,668

8 - Thomas Brown

2004-07

2,646

9 - Sony Michel

2014-present

2,603

10 - Kevin McLee

1975-77

2,581

• On the receiving end Terry Godwin was the recipient of the flea flicker which was all the scoring the Dawgs needed to do. Godwin now has four touchdown receptions this season. He only has eight total receptions this season. So he only has four receptions that are not touchdowns. Godwin had just two touchdown receptions in his first 73 receptions during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He also has a chance to pass another milestone soon as he currently sits at 990 career receiving yards.

• Tight end Isaac Nauta caught a touchdown as well. It was his first of the season and his fourth overall. The 41-yard touchdown reception was the second longest of his career. The longest was a 50-yard touchdown reception last season in a game against Tennessee.

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