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Defense the difference in Georgia’s thrilling win at Notre Dame

Georgia celebration vs. Notre Dame
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Georgia never led by much, but it still managed to get past Notre Dame nonetheless with a late 20-19 victory on the road Saturday night.

Here are five takeaways from the Bulldogs’ victory.

Georgia’s defense looks dominant

The Bulldogs limited a Notre Dame offense, which put up 606 yards against Temple in its season opener, to just 265 on Saturday night. Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush threw for only 210 yards and, perhaps more impressively, one yard rushing. Running back Josh Adams had only 53 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs also had three sacks, the biggest one coming in the final two minutes of the game when senior outside linebacker Davin Bellamy forced a fumble that was recovered by Lorenzo Carter. Overall, Georgia’s speed off the edge was impressive, especially considering it was going up against a good Notre Dame offensive line.

Jake Fromm had his ups and downs

Fromm, a true freshman making his first career start, was able to lead the team on two touchdowns drives, but also had some youthful mistakes. He was intercepted once and tried to do too much on a botched handoff to Nick Chubb when he should have simply fallen on the ball and lived to play another down. While Fromm did throw his second career touchdown on a fade route to Terry Godwin, he was not overly accurate, completing 16 of 29 passes. He had a few overthrown passes, though one deep pass was dropped by Mecole Hardman. “I thought Fromm played with good poise,” coach Kirby Smart said. “I never felt like it got too big for him.”

The Bulldogs hurt themselves with penalties

Georgia was penalized 12 times for 127 yards on Saturday night, and they had created issues. Elijah Holyfield had a long kick return wiped off because of a hold. D’Andre Swift also had a run erased on the same penalty. That’s not even mentioning several pass interference, facemask and other flags. Last season, Georgia was one of the least penalized teams in the nation. It’s still early, but so far through two games, it’s among the worst. That’s something that will need to change.

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