By the Numbers: A final look back at Georgia’s season, peek ahead to 2018

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Thanks in large part to a brilliant year from kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia finished No. 2 nationally this year.

Just how good was Rodrigo Blankenship? Where did Nick Chubb and Sony Michel’s brilliant careers end up? What were the final stat rankings for Georgia on offense and defense? Here’s a final numerical look back on the Georgia football season, and a sneak peek ahead to the next one.

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Georgia games in which the first team to score did not win the game: The National Championship Game, the Rose Bowl, the SEC Championship Game, the first Auburn game, Kentucky and Notre Dame.


The final line on the National Championship Game. Therefore the final outcome – and the fact Alabama didn’t have to kick an extra point – was either a bad beat if you had Alabama and the points, or a nice consolation if you took Georgia to cover.


Field goals by Rodrigo Blankenship of 50-plus yards in the College Football Playoffs. That had not been done since the playoff began in 2014 – and, in fact, the longest field goal in a playoff game had been from 47 yards.


Nick Chubb’s final career rushing yardage, second in school and SEC history to Herschel Walker (5,259).


Sony Michel’s final career rushing yardage, third in Georgia history.


Aaron Davis’ career starts, tying him with Nate Taylor for the most ever by a walk-on non-kicker at Georgia. Davis has been on scholarship the past few season but came to campus in 2013 without a scholarship.


Dominick Sanders’ career starts, tying kicker Blair Walsh for the most in school history. The only game he didn’t start in his four-year career came in his junior season, and that was because he was suspended for the first half because of targeting in the previous game.


Games played by Georgia this season, the most in program history and the most of any team at the FBS level.


Times this season that Georgia shut out a team in the first half: Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Appalachian State.


Times this season Georgia held a team scoreless in the first quarter.


Roquan Smith’s tackles this season, including a career-high 13 against Alabama.


Blankenship’s touchbacks this season, the most in Georgia history and third-most in the country this season.


Georgia’s final rank in the AP and coaches polls, tying for its highest finish in the AP poll since after the 2007 season, and the highest in the coaches poll since finishing No. 1 after the 1980 season. (The coaches had the Bulldogs at No. 3 after the 2007 season.)


Georgia’s victories compared to last season, the highest such jump since 2001-02, which also saw the Bulldogs go from 8 to 13 wins.

Georgia final stat rankings


Scoring offense: 35.4 points per game.


Total offense: 453.3 yards per game.


Offensive yards per play: 6.7. (That was No. 3 in the SEC, behind Missouri and Ole Miss.)


Rushing offense: 258.4 yards per game. (Four of the teams ahead of Georgia are option teams, and Georgia was first among SEC teams.)


Passing offense: 176.9 yards per game. But …


Yards per passing attempt: 8.7.


Total defense: 294.9 yards per game.


Scoring defense: 16.4 points per game.


Rushing defense: 126 yards per game.


Passing defense: 168.9 yards per game.

A few individual stat rankings


Jake Fromm’s final national rank in QB efficiency rating (160.09), tied with Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, and second in the SEC behind only Missouri’s Drew Lock.


Mecole Hardman’s national rank in punt return average: 11.78 yards per return.


Cameron Nizialek’s national rank in punting: 45.0 yards per punt.


Blankenship’s national rank in field goal percentage: 87 percent.


Blankenship’s national rank in kickoff yard average: 64.29.


Roquan Smith’s national rank in tackles: 137.

And finally …


Georgia’s final turnover margin.


Georgia starters in the National Championship Game who are seniors: LT Isaiah Wynn, TB Nick Chubb, TB Sony Michel, WR Javon Wims, NT John Atkins, CB Malkom Parrish, OLB Davin Bellamy, ILB Reggie Carter, S Dominick Sanders, CB Aaron Davis.


Other Georgia players who appeared in the game and are seniors: OLB Lorenzo Carter, P Brice Ramsey, FB Christian Payne, OT Aulden Bynum, TE Jeb Blazevich, P Cameron Nizialek.


Georgia underclassmen who have yet to declare whether they will return: ILB Roquan Smith, CB Deandre Baker, DT Trenton Thompson, C Lamont Gaillard and WR Terry Godwin. (All but Thompson started in the championship game, and Thompson played extensively.)


Georgia home games next season: Austin Peay (Sept. 1), Middle Tennessee (Sept. 15), Tennessee (Sept. 29), Vanderbilt (Oct. 6), Auburn (Nov. 10), Massachusetts (Nov. 17), Georgia Tech (24)


Georgia true road games: at South Carolina (Sept. 8), at Missouri (Sept. 22), at LSU (Oct. 13), at Kentucky (Nov. 3.)


Georgia opponents in 2018 who are ranked in the final Top 25 AP poll of the 2017 season: Auburn (10) and LSU (18).



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