VU @ UGA: Game Note Golden Nuggets

Each week we rifle through the game notes for each team and post what we consider to be items of interest. They shall be ordered by when we came across them. Here are the links to them in full: VU Notes; UGA Notes. Most, if not all, of the following was produced/compiled by the SIDs of each school. All credit belongs to them.

  • Your SEC-TV play-by-play crew: Dave Neal, play-by-play; Andre Ware, analyst; Cara Capuano, sidelines.
  • The Vanderbilt Commodores and the Georgia Bulldogs are meeting for the 71st time this Saturday.
  • The University of Georgia was founded in 1785 to Vanderbilt's 1873. Technically, UGA was founded before the state of Tennessee.
  • UGA Enrollment: 34,180. Vanderbilt: 6,794. Enrollment ratio: 5.0309
  • Sanford Stadium sports a natural grass field and a capacity of 92,746 to Vanderbilt Stadium's 39,773, for a ratio of 2.3319. This is extremely relevant in some way that currently escapes mental capacity.
  • Mark Richt is in his 10th season as a head coach and is 92-31 (0.748).
  • Vanderbilt trails in the series 18-50-2.
  • Last meeting: Vanderbilt 10, Georgia 34 (2009)
  • First meeting: Vanderbilt 35, Georgia 0 (1893)
  • Last meeting in Athens: #22 Vanderbilt 14, #10 Georgia 24 (2008). It feels just as weird to rank a Vanderbilt football team nationally as it does to read it.
  • Vanderbilt series record in Nashville: 11-23-2.
  • Vanderbilt series record on the road: 7-27.
  • Vanderbilt vs. Mark Richt: 1-8.
  • Last 10 games in series: Vanderbilt trails 1-9.
  • Vanderbilt's 2006 victory in Athens snapped a 12-game 'Dore losing streak to the Bulldogs that dated to a 43-30 Vanderbilt road win in 1994.
  • True or false: I have an old VHS tape of said 1994 victory entitled "1994 Georgia Homecoming" that was distributed to many people by my late grandfather, who played for Vanderbilt in the 40s.
  • VU Notes "Key Games in the Series": 2007 - L, 2006 - W, 2000 - L, 1994 - W, 1991 - W, 1985 - T, 1973 - W, and 1961 - W.
  • VU is seeking back to back wins for the first time since the bowl victory over Boston College at the end of 2008 and the Western Carolina game at the start of 2009.
  • Youth: Five weeks into the season and we've seen 21 Sophomores, 11 Redshirt-Freshmen, and 13 True-Freshmen. Only 8 Seniors have contributed so far this season.
  • Vanderbilt has had 15 players earn their first career starts this season, 8 on defense, 6 on offense, and 1 on special teams
  • 30 different Commodores have seen their first career action this season, including 13 true freshmen.
  • In case you had forgotten: Georgia ILB Coach Warren Belin spent the last 8 years as a key Vanderbilt assistant. Among the roles he served: LB Coach (all 8 seasons), Special Teams Coordinator (2006-07), and recruiting coordinator (2008-09). VU All-SEC LBs he coached: Hunter Hillenmeyer, Moses Osemwegie, Jonathan Goff, Patrick Benoist, and Chris Marve.
  • Casey Hayward shares the NCAA lead with 4 interceptions through 5 games. Hayward, believed to be the first Commodore of the modern era to achieve interceptions in 4 consecutive games, also tops the squad with 6 career picks. Haywards current interception total has been bettered by only four Commodores in the past 30 years: D.J. Moore in 2008 & 2009 (badass), Chris Donnelly (1989), Manuel Young (1984), and Leonard Coleman (1982). The team's single season record of 8 interceptions is held by Coleman (1982) and Thomas Wingfield (1973).
  • Tim Fugger ranks 2nd in the NCAA with four forced fumbles. Only 2 Commodore defenders since 1983 have posted more forced fumbles in a season than Fugger: Jamie Duncan (5, 1996) and Shelton Quarles (5, 1991).
  • Vanderbilt has been flagged for more penalties than their opponents in every game this season. Vanderbilt ranks 8th in the SEC in total penalties (6.8 ppg) and 10th in penalty yardage (57.8 ypg).
  • Since the 2003 opener, Vanderbilt is 14-0 when a running back reaches 100 rushing yards.
  • "Players, coaches and fans are always waiting to see what highlight play Georgia's #8 (A.J. Green) will make each game, however Saturday, Green will share the spotlight with another number eight - Uga VIII. Georgia welcomes Uga VIII to Sanford Stadium as he begins his reign as the Bulldog mascot. Hopefully, fans will not only cheer for Uga VIII but also pay tribute to "Russ," who proudly served as the substitute mascot since last season.
  • Lots of Mark Richt did you knows. Someone's compensating...
  • Since 1922, Georgia is 69-17-2 in Homecoming contests.
  • Something of which I was not aware: UGA switched to a 3-4 defense this season.
  • UGA's notes are heavy on statistics/results and short on tidbits.
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