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Getting Personal

November 17th, 2010

Last Saturday’s game between Georgia and Auburn has stayed in the spotlight due to accusations of dirty play by Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley and the ejection of two other Auburn defensive lineman at the end of the game.  Overall, the game was marred by twelve personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, with the teams responsible for six apiece.

The twelve personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties tie that game with two others for the most penalties of those types in a game since 2005, which is as far back as I have individual penalty data.  For personal fouls, I’m including all varieties of personal fouls, including chop blocks, face masks, roughing the passer, etc.

Here are the games with with the most personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties since 2005.   The numbers include every personal foul penalty where a flag was thrown, even if it was offset by another penalty.  Often times, a personal foul will be called against both teams on a play and they will offset each other.   For the purpose of this list, it counts as two personal foul penalties in the game, even though no yardage was marked off by the referee and they don’t count in the game’s official penalty totals.

                                                   PF & UC
 Visit Team        Home Team         Date         Penalties
+-----------------+-----------------+------------+-----------+
 Georgia           Auburn            11/13/2010      12
 Troy              La.-Lafayette     11/28/2009      12
 Western Ky.       Bowling Green     09/29/2007      12
 Idaho             Hawaii            10/30/2010      11
 Morgan St.        Maryland          09/11/2010      11
 UAB               Florida St.       09/08/2007      11
 Virginia Tech     Florida St.       12/03/2005      11
 Ohio              Buffalo           10/29/2005      11
 Virginia          Boston College    10/08/2005      11
 Baylor            Texas A&M         11/21/2009      10
 UAB               Troy              09/19/2009      10
 Southern Miss.    SMU               11/29/2008      10
 Fla. Atlantic     La.-Monroe        10/25/2008      10
 Miami (Ohio)      Bowling Green     10/18/2008      10
 Brigham Young     TCU               10/16/2008      10
 Western Ky.       North Texas       11/24/2007      10
 Florida St.       Duke              10/14/2006      10
 Colorado          Miami (Fla.)      09/24/2005      10
 Hawaii            Michigan St.      09/10/2005      10