Today’s head scratcher of a stat

There’s no way I would have expected this to be the case:

Under Richt, Georgia is a perfect 4-0 in games in which they did not reach the century mark through the air and two of those opponents were ranked.

Here are those games.

2009 at #7 Georgia Tech: 76 yards passing

2015 vs. Kentucky: 90 yards passing
2001 at Ole Miss: 93 yards passing
2007 vs. #22 Kentucky: 99 yards passing

Run the damned ball, Schotty!

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45 responses to “Today’s head scratcher of a stat

  1. Rick

    Passing for 190 yards could indicate that you are trying to pass and failing. Passing for 80 yards almost certainly means that you aren’t even trying. If you aren’t trying to pass, it’s because you don’t need to. Games where you don’t need to pass generally come out pretty favorably.

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  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    There seems to be a common thread in there among those opponents. Could it be crappy run defense? Is that ranked or rank? 🙂

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  3. AusDawg85

    Senator, your stats are wrong. Never in the history of mankind has Richt beaten a ranked opponent. You are such an apologist!

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  4. Dawg Stephen

    Only 4 times in 15 years has UGA faced an opponent THAT bad!!! CMR should have won more games where he ran it more…. (sarcasm galore today)

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  5. UGA85

    It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since that Tech game. As I recall, we controlled the LOS and dictated play with our running game and didn’t really need to pass. That is a wonderful way to win football games. Yes, it would be nice to handle Auburn in the same way, but I think we will need to pass to open up the run against them.

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    • sUGArdaddy

      It was really not by design either. We wanted to be physical that game, but Cox got knocked silly early in that game and I think about all we trusted him to do was hand it off.

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      • Will (The Other One)

        I thought that first TD drive was all runs (sort of like the 2007 Cocktail Party, only without a celebration, because scoring TDs on the NATS should be expected)?

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      • I thought it was because Cox had a dead arm.

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        • AthensHomerDawg

          He was knocked silly at the start of the game. Cox had thrown for nearly 300 yards against Kentucky the week before. Kentucky
          finished the season next to last in rushing defense. Yet held the Dawgs to 150 fewer yards than Georgia Tech with the same number of carries.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            Cox had two critical interceptions against Kentucky and had been a turnover machine for much of the season. They almost exclusively ran the ball for several reasons, mainly because they thought it was a viable gameplan, but they wanted to take the game out of Cox’s hands, too.

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      • IWanaBDaveGrohl

        I’d have to go back and watch that 2009 Tech game, I don’t remember Joe taking a huge hit. Let’s first all remember AJ Green was out hurt, so going in I don’t know how much we planned to throw. That first drive was all runs, capped by a Caleb King 6 yard TD. Later in the first quarter, Joe scrambled towards the sideline, and trucked a Tech defender as he went out of bounds that had our sideline going crazy. Right before halftime, Joe threw a TD pass to Michael Moore. I just think we were more inclined to run that game, and we were so successful we were never forced to throw.

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    • Beer Money

      That was the most pissed off I have ever seen CMR look for an entire game. I wish he could bottle that demeanor to break out every week.

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  6. I’m trying to remember what happened in the 2007 UK game. Cause our 2007 was squad was slightly good, especially late in the season.

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    • BrightOwl

      We didn’t blow them out, but we held control for the entire game and beat them comfortably. The final score was something like 20 to 12. (I’m too lazy to look it up.)

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    • Scott

      I was at that game…it was the week after the Auburn blackout, I think it was an early game, and the team came out really flat.

      Just looked up the ESPN recap…basically, the offense never really got on track, defense played lights out against what was actually a pretty good UK offense with Andre Woodson at QB, and we won 24-13. Knowshon had a big game, Kelin blocked a punt and had an interception.

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      • D.N. Nation

        I was at it, too. Stafford kinda played like butt, and Bobo chose to grind it out on the ground. Would’ve been a bigger margin of victory had we not coughed the ball up.

        Fun fact: UGA/UK 2007 was played at the same time as Bama/ULM. Bama buddy of mine kept texting me during the game losing his religion.

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    • IWanaBDaveGrohl

      Yeah I’ve got nothing on that game in my memory. I remember almost every game from that season. I remember all 4 other Kentucky games when I was in school. But I got a big ol’ blank on 2007.

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  7. Please stay at home Schotty!

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  8. Run the dam ball. Set up the play action pass. But mainly live or die
    using the :Wild Dawg’ .Our starter at TE is back. Pass to him also

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  9. Cousin Eddie

    Perfect examples of running to set up the WIN

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  10. Bulldog Joe

    In 2015, Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas has thrown more touchdown passes than all of our quarterbacks combined.

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    • Welp That does it. Schottenheimer gets my vote for the Broyles Award. He is fantastic. Worth every penny.

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    • Rick

      Wow…although given Johnson’s offense that’s just as bad an indicator for them as it is for us.

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    • To be fair, Tech has more passing TD’s than 7 SEC teams, including Bama and LSU. I’ve done my share of piling on the offensive coaches this year, but I think this is a bit of a cherry picked stat. 🙂

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      • Correction, 8 teams. UGA (11), Bama (12), LSU (10), Mizzou (9), Vandy (6), SC (11), AU (6), and KY (9) all have less passing TD’s than Tech (13). Florida and Tennessee each only have 15, A&M has 17. Only Ole Miss (27), MSU (22), and Arkansas (22) have thrown for 20 or more.

        I don’t know if that’s truly a cherry picked stat, or actuallya true indicator of just how bad QB play in the conference is this year.

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  11. Derek

    So we beat all of the teams we dominated up front. This is shocking? If you think about the dynamics of a game in which a pro-style offensive team passes for less than 100, I would imagine that their records are very good. Take out the the techs and the navies and the air forces and I’d bet that teams that throw for under 100 do quite well. Very few teams will be so incompetent passing that they couldn’t get to 100.

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  12. The University of Missouri announced Friday that Gary Pinkel will resign from his position as head football coach at the end of the 2015 season for health-related reasons. Pinkel informed his coaching staff and team of his decision Friday evening.

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  13. Mikey

    I swear another flop and a very embarrising loss. Pathetic this team was tonight

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  14. JT (the other one)

    Head scratcher indeed. RUN THE BALL!

    It starts up front…as always. Win the trenches…win the game.

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  15. lazygrad

    5-0!!! ESPN has Lambert today 12-17 for 97 YDS

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