Final verdict: Georgia's season by the numbers

semerson@macon.comJanuary 8, 2013 

Now that the season is officially over, the stats are final too. Here's what stands out:

- Georgia's offense finished first in the nation in yards-per-play, with 7.09. That's just ahead of Texas A&M, which was 7.08. The Bulldogs finished much lower in total offense (22nd), but arguably yards-per-play is a better measure than yards per game, because the Bulldogs took the foot off the pedal near the end of many games.

- Quarterback Aaron Murray finished second nationally in pass efficiency, with a rating of 174.82. Murray was first until the BCS championship game, where Alabama's A.J. McCarron used the game to pass him. (McCarron also apparently has a hotter girlfriend, in case you haven't heard.)

- Jarvis Jones finished the season first in the nation in sacks, at 14.5, one ahead of the next man. How impressive is that for Jones? He missed two games with injury, and played triple-option teams in two others.

- Jones also finished first nationally in tackles-for-loss, with 24.5.

- Alec Ogletree did not meet the threshold of games played to be included in the NCAA averages. (The minimum is 75 percent, and Ogletree played in 10 of Georgia's 14 games, which is 71 percent.) But Ogletree's 111 tackles (11.1 per game) would have ranked eighth in the nation.

- Georgia's defense finished 32nd nationally, yielding 357.79 yards per game. (Last year, the Bulldogs ranked fifth.) Todd Grantham has said he believes scoring defense is the better measure: His defense was better there, ranking 18th nationally, yielding 19.64 yards per game.

- The pass defense ranked eighth nationally, yielding 175.64 yards per game. The run defense was much, much worse: 77th nationally, giving up 182.14 yards per game. Georgia's run defense ranked 12th in the SEC.

- Todd Gurley ranked 34th in the nation in rushing yards per game (98.93). But combine him with Keith Marshall, and the Gurshall tandem ranks first (153.14 yards per game). That actually doesn't come close to being the top tandem in the nation, but I know you were curious where Gurshall stood, so there you go.

- Turnover margin: Georgia ranked 20th nationally, at plus-.79 per game.

- Special teams summary: Georgia was 56th in net punting, 74th in punt returns, 55th in kickoff returns, 37th in kickoff coverage, and punter Collin Barber ranked 50th in punting yards.

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