Georgia at Notre Dame score, highlights: Bulldogs fight back to edge Irish
Georgia took it to Notre Dame in South Bend to the surprise of the Irish faithful
It's not often that Georgia travels north for a regular-season nonconference game. In fact, the last time the Bulldogs went north of the Mason-Dixon for a game was in 1965 when they beat Michigan, which is why Saturday night's showdown against Notre Dame had the college football world's collective mouth watering. Bulldogs fans lived up to the expectations and packed Notre Dame Stadium in hopes of fueling their team to victory. Sure enough, Georgia came away with a 20-19 win. It wasn't always pretty, but it was a true road test that the Bulldogs passed.
What did we learn about Georgia and Notre Dame in a big nonconference game?
1. Georgia's ability to slow the run will come in handy: The Bulldogs' defense was tremendous, giving up just 55 yards rushing on 37 carries. Running the ball is what Notre Dame wants to do offensively. It's their bread and butter with quarterback Brandon Wimbush able to use his legs. However, Georgia showed a tremendous amount of team speed, going sideline to sideline and not allowing the Irish anywhere to go. As it gets into SEC play where ground games are commonplace, Georgia's run defense will be a huge factor.
2. Quarterback Jake Fromm (State Farm) is a decent insurance policy: We know the Bulldogs can stop the run, but they're also at their best when they can run the dang ball on offense. Sony Michel and Nick Chubb split 26 carries, totaling 136 yards and a score. Fromm, making his first start on the road in place of the injured Jacob Eason, was up and down. He only averaged 4.9 yards per passing attempt and had a few bad reads. But he also made some key throws late and got a road win. For a young guy thrown into a tough situation, you take the bad with the good.
3. Notre Dame is back on a familiar trend: A big part of the Irish's 4-8 season a year ago was losing close games. Six of Notre Dame's eight losses were by a touchdown or less and four were by a field goal or less. The inability to stop Georgia's running attack and the one-dimensional nature of the offense was a bad combination for Brian Kelly's team. Notre Dame is probably better this year -- bowl bound, in all likelihood -- but winning close games is something this program has struggled with. For one more game, at least, that problem hasn't been rectified.
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