Over/Under: Mississippi State week

Posted Sep 22, 2005

ATHENS – Dean Legge takes a look at the critical numbers in Georgia’s matchup with Mississippi State.


Mississippi State has never beaten Georgia in a televised contest. In 1982, Georgia upended the other Bulldogs 29-22 in a game on CBS. A decade and a half later Georgia beat State again – this time 38-19. Both games were in Starkville.

99 yards…

State is 2-0 when running back Jerious Norwood has run the ball for at least 99 yards. State lost the only time Norwood did not get close to the century mark in rushing. During Auburn’s 28-0 win over the Bulldogs, Norwood had only 39 yards.

20 carries …

Mississippi State is now 4-2 when Norwood carries the ball 20 times or more in the Sylvester Croom Era. The Bulldogs are a lowly 1-6 when Norwood has the ball for fewer than 20 carries in that same time period.

100 yards rushing…

In the last two seasons Georgia is undefeated when rushing for more than 100 yards. The Bulldogs are 1-2 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards as a team (19-13 win over Georgia Tech last season). Georgia ranks behind only Alabama in the SEC in rushing offense with a 232.7 per game average.

100 yards rushing…

Georgia, the sixth ranked team in the SEC in rushing defense, is now 10-0 in the last two seasons (2-0 in 2005) when allowing less than 100 yards of rushing per game. The Bulldogs are now 3-2 when allowing the opposition to run for more than 100 yards.


That’s how many scoring drives Georgia has so far this season – the most in the SEC. The Bulldogs’ scoring drives average 5.89 plays and take on average four seconds longer than a non-scoring drive at 2:31.

23 yard line…

That’s the average starting field position for Georgia’s opposition – the best in the SEC.


That’s how many three-and-outs the Bulldog defense has forced so far in 2005 – the best in the SEC.

47 points…

That’s how many more points the Bulldogs have scored off turnovers this season – the most in the SEC. Second closest is Mississippi State with 21 points scored off turnovers.


That’s how many teams Mississippi State has not yet beaten in the SEC since 1991. That lone team: Georgia.

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