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No. 3 Georgia Holds Off No. 7 Notre Dame 23-17

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September 22, 2019

The Associated Press
Georgia wide receiver Lawrence Cager (15) makes a catch for a touchdown against Notre Dame cornerback Troy Pride Jr. (5) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 23-17. (AP Photo/John Bazemore

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. (READ MORE) by Paul Newberry | AP

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Notre Dame came into Sanford Stadium as more than two-touchdown underdogs, but at a lot of points on Saturday night, the Irish looked like the favorites.

Though the comeback attempt came up short, Notre Dame showed it belonged on the field against the third-best team in the country, with the defense playing well all night and the offense turning it on late. (READ MORE) by Marek Mazurek | Fighting Irish Wire

The lights flickered. The crowd roared. Sanford Stadium was rocking Saturday night.

Problem was, host Georgia never quite got rolling. And now everything we thought we knew about the Bulldogs, Notre Dame and the College Football Playoff chase can be called into question. (READ MORE) by Chris Wright | Saturday Down South

After trailing at the half and taking a 13-point lead late in the game, No. 3 Georgia held on to beat No. 7 Notre Dame 23-17 in Athens, Georgia on Saturday night. The only matchup between top-10 ranked teams on the day was every bit as close as the final score suggests. Notre Dame had a chance to win in the final minute, but Georgia’s defense ultimately held strong as Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book heaved up a prayer on fourth down that wasn’t answered with the ball knocked to the turf.

Jake Fromm’s final stat line in this statement win for the Bulldogs will not wow man — 187 yards and one touchdown — but he made a number of huge throws in the second quarter that helped Georgia take control of the game. Book finished with 275 yards passing and had two touchdowns, but he also threw two costly interceptions that loomed large in a one-possession game.

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