Oct. 10, 2007
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Vanderbilt will look to pick up its second SEC victory of the season and fourth overall when the Commodores (3-2, 1-2 SEC) host Georgia (4-2, 2-2) on Saturday at 5 p.m. CST. The Homecoming game will be televised by ESPN2.
Get to Know Georgia:
Head Coach Mark Richt:
Richt is in his seventh season as the Georgia head coach and has compiled a 65-19 record, including a 23-4 road record. He guided the Bulldogs to SEC Championship titles in 2002 and 2005. He is the fourth winningest active Division I-A coach by percentage. Before arriving in Athens, Richt worked at Florida State and was the Seminoles' offensive coordinator from 1994-2000. Richt graduated from Miami (Fla.) in 1982.
QB #7 Matthew Stafford (6'3" 237 lbs. So.):
Through six games this season, Stafford has passed for 1163 yards, nine touchdowns, and only four interceptions. Last week vs. Tennessee, he completed 16-33 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Stafford is 10-4 as the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs. Last season vs. Vanderbilt, he went 9-13 for 86 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
TB #24 Knowshon Moreno (5'11" 207 lbs. Fr.):
Moreno leads Georgia in rushing in 2007 with 462 yards, averaging 77 yards per game, and will be counted on even more with the loss of senior starter Thomas Brown due to injury. Earlier this season, Moreno rushed 14 times for 104 yards against South Carolina. He currently ranks ninth in school history for most rushing yards by a freshman running back.
WR/PR #27 Mikey Henderson (5'10" 156 lbs. Sr.):
Earlier this season vs. Alabama, Henderson caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Stafford in overtime to lead Georgia to a victory over the Crimson Tide. One of the most dangerous punt returners in the SEC, Henderson is averaging 13.5 yards per return. Henderson has two career punt returns for touchdowns. Last season vs. Vanderbilt, Henderson returned three punts for a total of 13 yards.
PK #96 Brandon Coutu (6'0" 188 lbs. Sr.):
One of the top place kickers in the country, Coutu is 8-11 in field goal attempts and 21-21 in PATs this season. For his career, Coutu is 43-54 in field goals and 86-86 on PATs. In 2005, he made a 58-yard field goal vs. La.-Monroe, the third longest in SEC history.
The loss of starting tailback Thomas Brown is significant to Georgia's team. Brown was averaging a team leading 138.3 total yards per game. Brown injured his collarbone last Saturday at Tennessee. Talented freshman Knowshon Moreno will get his first career start for the Bulldogs. Senior Kregg Lumpkin will also see time in the backfield.
Wide receiver Sean Bailey leads the team in receiving with an average of 41.8 yards per game.
Georgia is 13-4 following a defeat under head coach Mark Richt. The Bulldogs lost last Saturday at Tennessee 35-14.
Since 2002, the Bulldogs have the second best record in the SEC with a 57-15 mark. Over the past 11 seasons, Georgia is the winningest SEC team at 100-32.
UGA is the only SEC team to be ranked in the AP Top 25 ten straight seasons.
Georgia has won at least eight games in ten straight seasons. UGA's 706 all-time victories rank eleventh in Division I-A history.
Since 2001, Georgia has pulled out 13 victories when tied or trailing at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs have only allowed 47 points in the second half of six games this season.
Since 2001, UGA has blocked 13 punts, nine field goals, and two PATs and converted the turnovers into 88 points. In that time period, including the blocks, the Bulldogs have scored 12 special teams touchdowns and a safety.
Georgia leads the SEC in net punting average at 38.8 yards.
UGA also leads the conference in redzone touchdown percentage by converting on 16 of 21 opportunities (76%).
The Bulldog offense averages 160 rushing yards per game (8th in SEC) while conceding 130.8 rush yards per outing (5th).
UGA averages 201.8 yards per game (8th) through the air while allowing 190.3 yards per game (5th) via the pass.
Georgia averages 29.5 points per game (7th). Opponents score an average of 20.2 points per game (5th) on the Bulldogs.