UGA out­slugs Notre Dame

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - AP Col­lege Football Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ge­or­gia got to Dawg Walk out of Notre Dame Sta­dium with a vic­tory, dozens of its fans form­ing a line from the locker room to the buses to con­grat­u­late the Bull­dogs af­ter the pro­gram’s first trip to this part of the coun­try in more than 50 years.

Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bel­lamy led a swarm­ing Ge­or­gia de­fense and the No. 15 Bull­dogs got enough plays from an of­fense start­ing a fresh­man quar­ter­back to beat No. 24 Notre Dame 20-19 on Satur­day night.

The first reg­u­lar- sea­son meet­ing be­tween the two pro­grams was a hard-hitting, penalty-filled tug-o-war, and when it was done the Bull­dogs gath­ered in the cor­ner of the sta­dium to salute thou­sands of their fans who made the pil­grim­age. The Bull­dogs had not ven­tured this far north for a game since 1965 against Michi­gan.

“It def­i­nitely means a lit­tle more,” line­backer Ro­quan Smith said. “Com­ing up to South Bend, an awe­some en­vi­ron­ment. Then hav­ing all these Dawgs fans com­ing out, show­ing their sup­port. Show­ing how much they be­lieve in us. It’s just an awe­some feel­ing to be able to give those fans a W.”

Ro­drigo Blanken­ship, a walk-on who re­ceived a schol­ar­ship ear­lier this week, kicked a 30- yard field goal with 3:39 re­main­ing to give the Bull­dogs (2-0) a one-point lead.

Carter and company did the rest. Ge­or­gia forced Bran­don Wim­bush and the Fight­ing Ir­ish (1-1) into a three-and-out, and then, on Notre Dame’s final drive, Bel­lamy blind-sided the quar­ter­back and Carter re­cov­ered the fumble with 1:27 left.


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