By the numbers: Georgia in the regular season

semerson@macon.comDecember 1, 2013 

The regular season having come to an end, at least for Georgia and most teams, here is a look at how the Bulldogs stack up statistically:

Georgia's offense finishes the regular season with the following rankings:

- 16th in the nation and second in the SEC in passing offense. (313.8 yards per game.) Only Texas A&M was rated higher.

- 16th in the nation and third in the SEC in total yardage. (489.8 yards per game)

- 20th in the nation in scoring offense, and fifth in the SEC. (38.2 yards per game).

- The rushing offense is only 11th in the SEC, at 179.5 yards per game.

- Finally, Georgia got 302 first downs in the regular season, the second-most in the SEC, behind only Texas A&M. That ranks tied for 13th nationally.

Georgia's defense finishes the regular season this way:

- Tied for 47th (with Oregon) in total defense, and seventh in the SEC. (381.3 yards per game.) The 12-game total of 4,575 yards allowed is the most in school history for a 12-game season, and is already the second-most overall, trailing only last year, when Georgia yielded 5,009 yards over 14 games.

- 80th in the nation and 10th in the SEC in scoring defense. (29.4 points per game, which obviously isn't all on the defense, and includes points scored on the offense and special teams.)

- 73rd in the nation in third-down defense. (Opponents converted 40.6 percent of the time.)

- Georgia's 12 turnovers gained (eight fumbles, four interceptions) is tied for the least in the SEC, matched only by Arkansas, and is tied for 109th in the nation. Georgia's overall turnover margin (minus-5) is tied for 100th in the nation and is second-worst in the SEC, ahead of only Arkansas.

- Georgia's pass defense (yielding 232.8 yards per game) ranks 10th in the SEC, and 68th nationally.

- The bright side is Georgia's run defense: It is sixth in the SEC, and 43rd nationally, yileding 148.5 rushing yards per game. The Bulldogs were actually third in the SEC in rush defense prior to the Georgia Tech game, and the run defense was pretty good against a triple-option team.

A few individual notes:

- This got lost in the craziness of the game: Marshall Morgan remains on fire.The sophomore kicker finished the regular season on a streak of 13 straight made field goals. He hasn't missed since the Tennessee game. His field-goal percentage of 90 percent is second in the SEC, after LSU's Colby Delahoussaye, who has gone 13 for 14.

- Ramik Wilson is tied for ninth in the nation in solo tackles, with 74.

- Aaron Murray still ranks 23rd in the nation in passing yards, with 3,075, despite missing a game and a half.

- Todd Gurley is averaging 100.3 yards per game, which ranks him 30th nationally and fifth in the SEC. It bears mentioning that Gurley missed the majority of the LSU game after spraining his ankle, and big parts of the Florida and Clemson games while dealing with injuries and conditioning.

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