Georgia football

By the Numbers: Georgia continues to rise nationally

Each week after Georgia plays, we take a deeper dive into the stats to illustrate what happened, deterimine takeaways for the season … or increasingly just reinforce how impressive the Bulldogs are playing. After this week’s 53-28 win over Missouri, here some nuggets:

LEADING NUMBERS

5

Years it has been since Georgia was as high as No. 3 in the national poll. That was Nov. 25, 2012, in the lead-up to the SEC Championship Game.

9

Years it’s been since Georgia was No. 2. That was Sept. 7, 2008.

8

Unbeaten teams left at the FBS level: Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Wisconsin, Miami, TCU, South Florida, UCF.

696

Georgia’s total yards on Saturday, the second-most in school history. The record is 712, set vs. Florida Atlantic in 2012.

407

Georgia’s yards in the first half alone, which at that point already exceeded the yardage in Georgia’s wins over Appalachian State, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

37.6

Georgia’s scoring average this season, after averaging 24.5 last year, the lowest in program history in a season of at least 12 games.

100 percent

Georgia in the red zone this year, 29 for 29, including six trips vs. Missouri.

90.9 percent

Rodrigo Blankenship’s field goal percentage (10 for 11), the best in the SEC.

3

Hurdles by Georgia players over defenders on Saturday: Nick Chubb, Charlie Woerner and D’Andre Swift (whose play was called back by penalty). Afterward, Kirby Smart shrugged off the hurdles, saying it was more important to him that the players held onto the ball.

71

Swift’s yardage on a third-quarter run, the team’s longest run since Nick Chubb’s 83-yard touchdown run against Alabama in 2015.

13

Third-down conversions for Georgia on Saturday, out of 18 attempts.

6

Georgia players who had at least 30 rushing yards: Swift (94), Sony Michel (86), Nick Chubb (70), Elijah Holyfield (48), Mecole Hardman (35) and Brian Herrien (31).

5

Georgia receivers who had a catch of at least 20 yards long: Hardman (59), Woerner (50), Javon Wims (30), Terry Godwin (28), Riley Ridley (22).

GEORGIA UPDATED STAT RANKINGS

3rd

Total defense nationally, yielding 252.6 yards per game, behind only Michigan and Washington.

4th

Scoring defense nationally, 12.6 per game, behind Penn State, Alabama and Washington.

5th

Rushing defense nationally, 82.1 ypg, behind Alabama, Washington, South Florida and Wisconsin.

11th

Pass defense nationally, 170.4 ypg, second in the SEC behind Tennessee.

36th

Total offense nationally, 454 ypg, which is third in the SEC behind Alabama and Ole Miss.

24th

Scoring offense nationally, 37.6 ypg, which is second in the SEC behind Alabama.

9th

Rushing offense nationally, 282.9 ypg, second in the SEC behind Alabama.

112th

Passing offense nationally, 171.4 ypg, which is last in the SEC.

BUT ….

9th

Georgia’s national rank in passing yards per attempt (9.0)

13th

Georgia’s national rank in pass efficiency rating (158.2).

INDIVIDUAL UPDATES

1st

Jake Fromm’s SEC rank in pass efficiency rating (170.4).

14

Dominick Sanders’ career interceptions, tying him for third in school history. He passed Kirby Smart, among others, who had 13 in his career.

329

Sanders’ career interception return yardage, the most in school history. His 18-yard return passed Jake Scott for the school record. Smart said of Sanders after the game: “It just shows he’s more athletic than I was.”

1st

Chubb’s SEC rushing yards rank, 688 yards. Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson is second with 660 yards.

9th

Michel’s SEC rushing yards rank, with 492 yards.

18th

Swift’s SEC rushing yards rank, with 358.

6th

Roquan Smith’s SEC rank in tackles, 53.

3rd

Mecole Hardman’s SEC rank in punt return average, 10.6 yards per return.

5th

Rodrigo Blankenship’s SEC rank in scoring, with 61 points.

A FEW MORE

4

First-year freshmen who have started this season for Georgia, after Monty Rice started at inside linebacker. Rice also became the 13th Bulldog to get their first career start this season.

50.98 percent

Georgia on third downs this season, best in the SEC, and the only conference team to convert the majority of its third downs.

1.4

Sacks per game for Georgia, last in the SEC.

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