Notre Dame vs. Georgia
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- In their second game of the season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish would take a loss to Georgia. Saturday was the first time the teams have met in 36 years Saturday.
ND would receive the kick from Georgia to start the game.
After two incomplete passes and a rush by Irish Quartback Brandon Wimbush, Wide Receiver Cameron Smith would take the ball 29 yards to the Bulldog's 29-yardline.
On fourth down, the Irish would settle for a 39-yard field goal kicked by Justin Yoon to get on the board first. ND would go up 3-0 over the Bulldogs with 12:48 to go in the first quarter.
Georgia's possession would start with an explosive run by Bulldog Running Back Elijah Holyfield. However, a flag would be thrown and a few plays later a punt would be forced.
With just over 8:00 to go in the first quarter, Georgia's Quarterback Jake Fromm would connect with Terry Godwin for a gain of 15 yards, within scoring distance.
Georgia would take the three-point field goal on fourth down. They would tie it up 3-3 with 6:36 to go in the first.
Both fast and solid defenses would hold each other at bay until the end of the quarter. The teams head into the second quarter tied at 3.
The Fighting Irish would take control at the top of the second quarter. Georgia would fumble the ball and ND would recover for a first down at the Bulldogs' 32-yardline.
The previous play would set up a huge break for the Irish. Wimbush connected with Running Back Josh Adams who for a gain of 33 yards to set up first and goal but a personal foul on Georgia would put the Irish even closer.
With about 13:00 to go in the second quarter, Wimbush kept the leather, rolled out to his right, and took it to the corner of the endzone for an Irish touchdown. After Yoon's kick, ND would go up 10-3.
Just seconds later on Georgia's next possession, 13 plays would pass as the Bulldogs inch down the field before Godwin would take the ball 5 yards for a touchdown. Bulldogs tie it up again 10-10 after the extra point.
On the next play, Irish Wide Receiver CJ Sanders would run the kick all the way to the endzone but after a review, game officials found his elbow to be down. ND would work their way down the field and settle for another field goal. ND 13, Georgia 10 with 4:14 to go in the half.
Fast forward a couple possessions. Fromm would attempt to connect with Bulldog Isaac Nauta but Irish Linebacker Drue Tranquill, who was an asset all night, would intercept the pass. ND would hold Georgia to 10 points in the first half.
Notre Dame 13, Georgia 10.
The second half of the game would be gin with Georgia running eight plays as they inched their way up the field and miss a 44-yard field goal.
The next few possessions would be uneventful until Notre Dame gets into the redzone to tack on an extra three points with a field goal made good by Justin Yoon. ND in control 16-10.
Another 8-play drive with two penalties for Georgia would fare well for the Bulldogs as they bit back at the Irish with a touchdown of their own. Running Back Sony Michel ran the ball six yards into the endzone. The extra point would be good and the "Dawgs" took the lead for the first time in the match, 17-16.
With about 10:00 left in the game, Notre Dame decided they had to get the lead back. Ten plays down the field and they add on another three, have their cake, and eat it too. The Fighting Irish would lead 19-17 with 8:00 to go.
Georgia wanted the lead too. On their next possession, they would make it a 1-point game. Bulldogs' kicker, Rodrigo Blankenship kicked the field goal to draw up this close score. There would be just over 3:00 to go. Bulldogs would lead the Irish 20-19.
About a minute remaining in the game Wimbush was sacked and stripped of the ball. Georgia would recover and take over at the ND 25 only to let the clock run out.
Georgia would go on to win over Notre Dame 20-19.