By the numbers: UGA at South Carolina 

October, 5, 2012
Editor’s note: Each week, the good folks at ESPN Stats and Information will help us take a look inside the numbers that matter prior to Georgia’s games -- and they really knocked it out of the park for this week’s showdown between No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 South Carolina. We’ll share some of their data here on the blog every Friday this fall.

Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
Williams-Brice Stadium/Columbia, S.C.

  • It would be reasonable to say this is the biggest Georgia-South Carolina game ever. This is the first time that both teams are ranked in the Associated Press top 10 at the time of their meeting -- a major step in a series that started in 1894 and includes 64 meetings. The closest challenger came in 1980, when No. 4 Georgia beat No. 14 South Carolina 13-10 in Athens.
  • Georgia fans’ nickname for freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall -- “Gurshall,” a reference to famed Bulldogs back Herschel Walker -- is quickly catching on. Walker wore jersey No. 34 and led Georgia to a national championship as a freshman in 1980. Gurley wears No. 3 and Marshall wears No. 4 and the Bulldogs have similar championship aspirations this season.
So let’s take a look at how the “Gurshall” two-headed monster compares to Walker’s rushing production from his freshman season, when he totaled “only” 463 yards through his first five games, but then ripped off 1,153 over the final six -- including four games of 200-plus yards:

Marshall and Gurley in 2012:
Rush yards: 964
Yards per carry: 8.0
Rush TDs: 14
100-yard games: 6

Walker in 1980:
Rush yards: 463
Yards per carry: 5.3
Rush TDs: 5
100-yard games: 2
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