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The take­away

Ge­or­gia: Fresh­man quar­ter­back Jake Fromm was fill­ing in for the in­jured Ja­cob Ea­son and mak­ing his first ca­reer start. The Bull­dogs tried not to put too much on the for­mer Lit­tle League World Se­ries hero from Warner Robins, Ge­or­gia. He went 16 for 29 for 141 yards with a touch­down pass — thanks to a reach­ing, one-handed grab by Terry God­win in the first half — and two turnovers.

“Good poise,” Ge­or­gia coach Kirby Smart said of Fromm. “He never fal­tered.”

Notre Dame: The Ir­ish were look­ing for a big early sea­son win to ac­cel­er­ate the process of mov­ing on from last year’s 4-8 dis­ap­point­ment. There were rea­sons to be en­cour­aged, es­pe­cially from a de­fense that hung tough against one of the best run­ning­back com­bi­na­tions in the coun­try in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. The Bull­dogs ran for 185 yards, but only 4.3 per carry.

Still, it was an­other one-pos­ses­sion loss af­ter seven of them last sea­son. Coach Brian Kelly be­came curt when asked why this loss should be viewed dif­fer­ently.

“It’s not go­ing to snow­ball,” he said. “Next ques­tion.”

Lots of laun­dry

Ge­or­gia was flagged 12 times for 127 yards. Notre Dame was hit eight times for 63, in­clud­ing a late hit in the third quar­ter on Fromm by Ju­lian Ok­wara that of­fi­cials video re­viewed to de­ter­mine if Fromm was still in bounds when he was hit. The call stood and con­verted a third down for Ge­or­gia, and the Bull­dogs scored on the drive to go up 17-16.

Red sea

Ge­or­gia sold 8,000 tick­ets for this game and there was eas­ily twice that many wear­ing red in Notre Dame Sta­dium. For for­mer Ge­or­gia coach Vince Doo­ley, who won the school’s only na­tional ti­tle by beat­ing Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, it was the best part of the trip to South Bend. “I was just say­ing what a beau­ti­ful scenery it is right out­side look­ing out and see­ing Touch­down Je­sus and the Golden Dome over­look­ing the cam­pus. And then see­ing those beau­ti­ful golden hel­mets shin­ing. Of course, I like the red ones, too,” said Doo­ley, who threw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field on Fri­day night. “And see­ing so many Ge­or­gia peo­ple here. That’s what’s re­ally been amaz­ing.”

Up next

Ge­or­gia: The Bull­dogs re­turn home to face FCS team San­ford, be­fore start­ing SEC play against Mis­sis­sippi State the next week.

Notre Dame: The Fight­ing Ir­ish face Bos­ton Col­lege in the first of two straight road games.

Michael Con­roy / The As­so­ci­ated Press

Ge­or­gia wide re­ceiver Terry God­win (5) makes a catch over Notre Dame cor­ner­back Ju­lian Love for a touch­down in Satur­day’s game.

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