NCAAF Game Recap - Notre Dame at Georgia
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 21, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(7) Notre Dame (2-1)

0

10

0

7

17

(3) Georgia (4-0)

0

7

6

10

23

No. 3 Georgia holds off No. 7 Notre Dame 23-17
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:07 AM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) On a raucous Saturday night between the hedges, No. 3 Georgia held on for a gutsy win that might have ramifications all the way to the College Football Playoff.

For No. 7 Notre Dame, it was another big-game loss but a performance that should bring more respect.

Jake Fromm threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Cager early in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs survived for a 23-17 victory that was much tougher than many expected.

"That's what college football is all about, man," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "I hate that somebody had to lose that game. I've got a lot of respect for the way they played, and all the negative things they've heard, and to come out and play the way they did. They played really physical as a team, and so did we. We persevered."

The Bulldogs (4-0) trailed 10-7 at halftime but turned the momentum when redshirt freshman Divaad Wilson snatched away a deflected pass by Ian Book for an interception deep in Notre Dame territory.

The Fromm-to-Cager combination helped push Georgia to a 23-10 lead before the Fighting Irish (2-1) made a game of it at the end.

Book's 4-yard touchdown pass to Chase Claypool cut the deficit with 3:12 remaining, the Notre Dame defense held, and Book got the ball back at his own 48 after a poor punt with just under 2 minutes to go.

The Irish got as far as the Georgia 38, but no farther. It ended with Book zig-zagging on a desperate scramble before hurling up a long pass that fell incomplete, denying Notre Dame the signature win over a top opponent it so desperately needs in its first visit ever to Sanford Stadium.

"This stings a little bit," defensive lineman Khalid Kareem said. "But our morale is still high. The season's not over."

With Georgia up 13-10 after a pair of field goals by Rodrigo Blankenship, Cager hauled in a 36-yard pass along the sideline to push the Bulldogs into the red zone. Then, on third-and-7 from the 15, Notre Dame brought a blitz and Fromm coolly lofted one toward Cager along the left side of the end zone.

A half-foot taller than cornerback Troy Pride Jr., the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer leaped high to make the catch and tapped down his right foot before tumbling out of the bounds to put Georgia in command, 20-10 with 13:19 remaining.

Desperate to cut into the deficit, Notre Dame called a flea-flicker play. But when Book was pressured out of the pocket and let go of a pass on the run, J.R. Reed dove in front of the intended receiver to make a brilliant interception as he slid into the Irish bench.

Reed sprinted all the way across the field, hopped atop the Georgia bench and bounced for the record crowd of more than 93,000 while wearing shiny, Road Warrior-style shoulder pads that go to the latest Bulldog defender to get a turnover. It led to Blankenship's third field goal.

In a most efficient performance, Fromm was 20 of 26 for 187 yards. Cager was his favorite target, hauling in five passes for 82 yards.

D'Andre Swift led Georgia on the ground with 98 yards and a touchdown, including a dazzling play when he hurdled completely over a would-be tackler who went at his legs.

"We just kept hitting them, hitting them and hitting them, and it finally just started wearing on them," Fromm said. "We started running the ball more and started making plays throwing the ball."

A two-touchdown underdog, Notre Dame took advantage of a huge turnover by Georgia punt returner Tyler Simmons to grab the lead. Attempting to make a fair catch, he fumbled the ball away and Claypool recovered for the Irish at the Georgia 8 to set up Book's 1-yard touchdown pass to Cole Kmet on fourth down.

Book appeared to be trying to hit Tony Jones Jr. in the back of the end zone, but Kmet reached up with one hand to pull it down.

Swift scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 75-yard drive, but Jonathan Doerer booted a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.

Book finished 29 of 47 for 275 yards, giving Notre Dame a chance right to the end even though the Irish were outgained 152-46 in rushing yards.

"I left the field thinking we beat ourselves," Claypool said.

INJURY REPORT

The Bulldogs lost left guard Solomon Kindley in the first half with what appeared to be a left ankle injury.

Justin Shaffer took over and did a solid job, though Smart wasn't pleased with him getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Georgia's offensive line also was bolstered by the return of right tackle Isaiah Wilson, who had missed the last two games with an ankle injury. Without much practice time, he was able to take some meaningful snaps in the second half.

LET'S GET PHYSICAL

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly said it was "probably one of the most physical games I've coached."

"You could hear out there," he said. "The physicality was real."

THE TAKEAWAY

Notre Dame: Dropping to 8-29 against Top 10 teams since Lou Holtz left after the 1996 season, this still seemed like a step in the right direction for the Fighting Irish. Instead of getting blown out against a leading opponent, as they were by Alabama in the 2013 BCS championship game and Clemson in last year's playoff semifinals, Notre Dame was in this game all the way.

But Book's two interceptions were a killer, and the Irish also seemed to struggle with the noise judging by five false-start penalties and a botched snap on a fourth-down play. "We practice in a loud environment," Kelly said. "I'm disappointed we didn't handle it better."

Georgia: After three straight blowout victories, the Bulldogs finally got the test they so desperately needed. Maybe it wasn't as dominating as some were expecting, but this was the sort of win that should look good on the resume if they're in the mix for a playoff spot.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: Returns home next Saturday to host No. 21 Virginia.

Georgia: The Bulldogs are off next weekend before traveling to Tennessee for a Southeastern Conference game on Oct. 5.

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Passing

ND Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
I. Book 47 29 61.7 2 275 31 2 74.3
UGA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Fromm 26 20 76.9 1 187 36 0 109.0

Rushing

ND Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Jones Jr 9 21 2.3 6 0
I. Book 3 18 6.0 9 0
UGA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Swift 18 98 5.4 15 1
B. Herrien 8 42 5.3 16 0

Receiving

ND Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Kmet 9 108 12.0 31 1
C. Claypool 6 66 11.0 23 1
UGA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
L. Cager 5 82 16.4 36 1
D. Robertson 4 48 12.0 19 0

Fumbles

ND F FL
I. Book 1 0
C. Kmet 1 0
UGA F FL
J. Fromm 1 0

Returning

ND KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Simon 1 9.0 0 9 0 - 0 0
UGA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Cook 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
D. Swift 1 4.0 0 4 0 - 0 0

Punting

ND Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Bramblett 4 190 47.5 58
UGA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Camarda 4 141 35.3 48

Takeaways

UGA Int Yds InTD
J. Reed 1 0 0
D. Wilson 1 11 0

Team Stats Comparison

ND UGA
Points For 17 23
Total Yards 321 339
Rushing Yards 46 152
Passing Yards 275 187
Passing Completions / Attempts 29/47 20/26
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 4/1
First Downs 14 18
Penalties - Yards 12/85 6/43
Time Of Possession 29:29 31:31
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/13 4/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 4/48 4/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter ND UGA
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter ND UGA
ND 4:21 TD Cole Kmet 1 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 7 0
UGA 12:33 TD D'Andre Swift 3 yd run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 7 7
ND 15:00 FG Jonathan Doerer 27 yd FG 10 7
3rd Quarter ND UGA
UGA 6:29 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 40 yd FG 10 10
UGA 10:39 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 31 yd FG 10 13
4th Quarter ND UGA
UGA 1:41 TD Lawrence Cager 15 yd pass from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick) 10 20
UGA 8:06 FG Rodrigo Blankenship 43 yd FG 10 23
ND 11:48 TD Chase Claypool 4 yd pass from Ian Book (Jonathan Doerer kick) 17 23

Game Information

Stadium: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 93,246
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