Now that it’s Monday and the outrage has subsided (just a little bit), let’s take a look inside the numbers. I’ve gathered some random stats from around the Internet that, after the Tennessee debacle, show just how bad Georgia has been defensively the last few years.
The numbers also show how the Dawgs are quickly becoming a mediocre football team. I conducted most of the research, but some of the numbers were pulled from David Hale’s Bulldogs Blog and UGASports.com.
A couple of positives: Georgia leads the nation in net punting with 44.0 yards per game thanks to Drew Butler. A.J. Green is tied for 31st (1st in the SEC) with 6.33 receptions per game. Green is also ranked 19th overall and leads the SEC in receiving yards per game (97.83). Rennie Curran leads the SEC in tackles with 10.67 per game, which also leads the SEC.
- From 2001 through 2005, Georgia was 52-14 (.788 winning %).
- From 2006 through 09/12/2009, Georgia is 33-12 (.733 winning %).
- Over the past 11 games, the Bulldogs are 6-5.
- Georgia has only scored 1 offensive touchdown in the past 11 quarters.
- Georgia has 20 three-and-outs and 16 turnovers (47% of the Bulldogs’ offensive drives in 2009 have ended with a turnover or a three-and-out).
- 2009 total time of possession – Georgia 166:30, Opponents 193:30
- Georgia has allowed 37 points or more in 7 of the past 12 games.
- From 2007 to present, the Bulldog defense is allowing an average of 24.5 points per game.
- In 2009, the Bulldogs are allowing an average of 30.67 points per game.
- Under defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder (2001-04), the Dawgs surrendered 30+ points 1 time.
- Under defensive coordinator Willie Martinez (2005-P), the Dawgs have surrendered 30+ points 14 times.
- In 2009, Georgia is averaging 97.2 yards rushing per game (opponents averaging 128.2).
- In 2008, Georgia averaged 148.3 yards rushing per game (opponents averaged 122.3).
Team Rankings (out of 120 FBS teams):
- Turnover Margin – 118th (5 TO’s gained, 16 lost)
- Fewest Penalties Per Game – 116th (57 penalties for 452 yards)
- Rushing Offense – 104th (172 for 583 yards)
- Passing Offense – 51st (105-for-185 for 1,361 yards)
- Scoring Offense – 74th (155 points)
- Pass Defense – 97th (111-for-200 for 1,494 yards)
- Total Defense – 75th (410 plays – 2,263 yards)
- Scoring Defense – 100th (184 points; 30.67 per game)
- Punt Return Yardage Defense – 86th (11 returns for 128 yards)
- Kickoff Return Yardage Defense – 115th (22 returns for 595 yards)
So what do you think of these numbers? Which stat is the most important to you?