By the Numbers: Georgia stats, and some observations, after win at Notre Dame

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Coach Kirby Smart wants D'Andre Swift (7) to get the ball more.

The weekly postgame dive into the numbers, after Georgia’s 20-19 win at Notre Dame. Notes on Georgia’s defense, Jake Fromm and the offense, and a bit about Samford.

4

Deficits Georgia faced and rallied from at Notre Dame. The Bulldogs trailed 3-0, 10-3, 16-10 and 19-17.

6

Games that Kirby Smart has won at Georgia when his team trailed in the fourth quarter. Last year the team came back to win after trailing against North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, Auburn and TCU.

14

Games Terry Godwin went without a touchdown catch. Before his one-handed grab on Saturday night, Godwin’s most recent TD catch had come in the TaxSlayer Bowl to finish the 2015 season.

8

The longest run from scrimmage for Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush, who, counting sacks, was held to plus-1 yard on 16 carries. Wimbush ran for 106 yards the previous week against Temple.

7

Three-and-outs forced by Georgia’s defense, not counting the final series, when the fumble turnover came on the third play.

3

Touches by freshman D’Andre Swift. After the game, Smart said: “We have to get the ball more to No. 7, and I don’t mean Lorenzo Carter.” Swift had a 40-yard run, while his other two touches (a 2-yard run and a 2-yard loss on a pass) went nowhere.

14

Touches each by Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, who each had 13 carries and 1 catch.

4.9

Yards per pass attempt for quarterback Jake Fromm (16 for 29 for 141 yards). Eason’s average last year was 6.6 yards.

12 – 127

Penalties and penalty yards. This was the most for Georgia under Smart, the previous high for both coming in the 2016 season opener against North Carolina (9 for 70).

5

Penalties that were 15 yards or longer – and that doesn’t include the holding penalty that brought back Elijah Holyfield’s kickoff return that had gone inside the 5.

100

Notre Dame’s red-zone percentage, scoring all three times it got inside the 20. However, only one was a touchdown.

100

Georgia’s red-zone percentage on offense: Two touchdowns and two field goals on drives that got inside the 20. In fact, only two other drives even went into Notre Dame territory. Those ended with Rodrigo Blankenship’s missed 44-yard field goal, and on the final snap of the game when Georgia knelt down.

14

Tackles by sophomore safety J.R. Reed this season, most on the team. Roquan Smith is second with 13.

43.9

Cameron Nizialek’s punting average through two games.

63.9

Rodrigo Blankenship’s kickoff yard average the first two weeks. His average last year was 62.2.

0

Career carries for fullback Christian Payne entering the game Saturday.

3

Carries for Payne at Notre Dame, for a total of 12 yards, two of them converting third downs.

Personnel notes

84

Players on the travel roster, including QB Jacob Eason.

60

Players listed on the participation report for the Notre Dame game.

6

Offensive linemen who played, not including special teams: The stating unit was (left to right) Isaiah Wynn, Kendall Baker, Lamont Gaillard, Dyshon Sims and Andrew Thomas. Then Solomon Kindley subbed in at right guard on and off. It’s the same number of offensive linemen who played the first three quarters of the opener, but this time Kindley, dealing with an ankle injury last week, played, while Pat Allen (a starter in Week 1) did not.

3

Freshmen starters for Georgia: QB Jake Fromm, RT Andrew Thomas, S Richard LeCounte.

6

Signees who didn’t play again after also not playing in the opener: OT Isaiah Wilson, OT D’Marcus Hayes, G Netori Johnson, OLB Robert Beal, DB Latavious Brini, CB Eric Stokes.

A bit about Samford

77

Combined points scored by Samford, the Bulldogs’ next opponent, in wins over Kennesaw State and West Alabama.

64

Combined points scored by Kennesaw State and West Alabama in those two games.

358.0

Average passing yards given up by Samford in its two games.

6.5 

Yards per play yielded by Samford’s defense so far.

5.5

Yards per play for Samford’s offense this season.

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