It was a great trip back home for the University of Georgia’s Bulldog football team whose fourth quarter field goal nipped Notre Dame’s fighting Irish, 20-19.
This past Saturday night, Sept.9, at South Bend, Indiana, the Dawgs’ (2-0) constant resilience paid off when redshirt sophomore kicker Rodrigo Blankenship hit the eventual game-winning field goal from 30 yards out with a little over three minutes left in the contest.
Kirby Smart, Dawgs’ head coach, could be seen after the game a little speechless when he spoke to NBC media.
They chopped and they chopped and they chopped, Kirby told the press.
It was a seesaw battle throughout the first half with neither offense making much of a statement.
With the score tied at three points, the Irish managed to sneak in a touchdown score on running back Brandon Wimbush’s one yard run.
Six minutes later UGA’s wider receiver Terry Goodwin made an incredible leaping five-yard touchdown grab from starting quarterback Jake Fromm.
Goodwin finished the night with two receptions for 36 yards and the one score. Fromm went 16-for-29 for 141 yards a touchdown, and one interception.
The tie ball game lasted all but two more minutes when the host’s kicker Justin Yoon connected on a 42-yard field goal.
After the half, the Irish increased their lead after Yoon made his third field goal from 37 yards out for a 16-10 lead.
Sony Michel, UGA’s tail back, would put the road team up with a little over four minutes left in the third quarter with a six-yard touchdown run before Blankenship’s final game winning field goal.
Michel led his squad with 73-rushing yards on 13 attempts. His counterpart Nick Chubb finished with 63 yards on 13 carries.
The Dawgs are back home this Saturday, when they welcome the 2-0 Bulldogs of Samford University.
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