That’s the way the ball bounces sometimes.

We’ve noted the comments from Mark Richt about Georgia’s woeful showing when it comes to fumble recovery this season.  Richt’s lamented that the ball simply hasn’t bounced the Dawgs’ way.

If you read the Bill Connelly post I linked to in my previous post, you might have noticed a section in it devoted to fumble recovery percentage in 2009.  And he does indeed find that Georgia’s numbers are an atrocious 114th nationally, based on a 36.8% recovery rate.  But check out who finished dead last on his list.

Bottom Ten, Fumble Recovery Percentage
Rk Team Fumbles
111 Clemson 21 34 38.2%
112 Iowa 11 18 37.9%
113 Ball State 18 30 37.5%
114 Georgia 14 24 36.8%
115 Tulane 15 26 36.6%
116 Miami (Ohio) 17 30 36.2%
117 West Virginia 13 23 36.1%
118 Fresno State 13 25 34.2%
119 Akron 11 25 30.6%
120 Florida 9 26 25.7%

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, but sometimes it doesn’t matter at all.



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6 responses to “That’s the way the ball bounces sometimes.

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    Just another concrete example of the Miracle of the Wailing Tebow.

    Ahh Timmy, you’da made such a great tight end in our offense.


  2. NebraskaDawg

    If Timmy gets drafted by the Lions or Browns, is he going to cry after every loss? If so he will need a I.V. all season long to keep from being dehydrated.


  3. rbubp

    What is that chart from? It must include offensive fumbles recovered for us to have 14, because over the last two years we are one of the worst programs in D1 at recovering opponents’ fumbles (per David Hale about a month ago).


  4. 69Dawg

    The fumbles caused and the fumbles recovered went away when our D stopped running to the ball carrier. We used to swarm now we just watch and hope. That one stat says a lot about the way our D has played the last 2 – 3 years. You don’t swarm the ball carrier when you are running backwards as fast as you can.

    Throughout the year we heard the same lament, we don’t recognize the play action fake fast enough. Well for a team whose O is built on the play action pass this is just crazy.

    My wish for a new DC, whomever it may be, is that he is flexible enough to adjust not just at halftime but actually during a period, so we will not see the UT roll out destroy us again.