A coach’s dream game

You get a road win over a ranked opponent and a hundred things you can chew your team out over. 

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  1. J~Dawg

    Good win… the team is growing up.

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    • saxd

      Senator captured it perfectly in this one-word article. In the postgame, Smart said the best part was hearing in the locker room how dissatisfied the players were with their performance: “We played poorly, Coach.” Smart said, “Sometimes, when you play poorly but win, you don’t learn anything from it. We’re going to learn from this one.” Exactly what I want to hear from my head coach. We get the win…AND the learning.

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  2. Russell "Rusty" Moody

    It’s the process Senator, very
    “Saban-esque”

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    • Irwin R. Fletcher

      Reminded me of those early road wins against Carolina and Bama in 2002….YMMV.

      Really conservative game plan on O…but for good reason, it seemed. Disagreed with a handful of calls (especially the Payne run for a third time…did either Chubb or Michel get a chance to carry on short yardage?….and would have liked to see our tight ends working the seem route instead of constantly running crosses and outs) but A little better execution and UGA wins comfortably.

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  3. Superstar

    Lawdhavmercy

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  4. DawgFlan

    Let me fix that for you: You get a road win over a ranked opponent and a hundred things you can chew your OC out over.

    Haha, yes there were some sloppy penalties on O and D, and I know that is what you mean, but seriously, what was up with the game plan on O? Not complaining, I’ll take a 1 point win every game!

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    • Granthams replacement

      +1

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    • Walt

      The only person out that that can stop Nick Chubb from getting 100 yards a game is Jim Chaney.

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    • IMO there were a lot more execution issues than there were play calling issues, you can’t blame Chaney on plays like the drop Mecole had on the long post route, Wims dropping the TD that hit him in the hands. I get it that a lot of people don’t like Chaney or want him to succeed so UGA will hire someone better, but you can’t put all that on the OC, some of it…sure

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      • PTC DAWG

        Totally agree, some just like to bitch, win or lose.

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        • DawgFlan

          I wasn’t bitching. Far from it. Just a little bourbon-tinged tongue in cheek. I think it is stating the obvious that the O has more room for improvement than the D.

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        • Walt

          I’d just like to see Chubb get more than 12 carries a game. If that’s bitching, so be it.

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      • Kdawg

        I agree with you. From what I saw the game plan was effective. There will always be questionable play calls. Maybe the dive to Payne kn the last series but the D just made a play there and the entire stadium was waiting for Chubb to get the ball. ND kept Chubb in check for the majority of the game when he did get the ball. Great win and on to Samford.

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    • Macallanlover

      Kirby should have demanded this of Chaney on the plane going home, “Let’s bury the Wild Dawg….forevah! Are we clear?” It is a signal for the defense top send all 11 guys to the LOS because we have no other option but run. It killed three drives last night.

      And by the way Jimmy, add a QB keeper after a fake to the RB, we had 20+ yards any time we needed it last night. You don’t have to have a running QB or RPO, just a simple play fake and roll the QB the other way. It will also stop everyone from flowing to the RB on every damn play. I get not running Fromm a lot since we have no backup, but he would not get hit at all because no one is left, he can slide down after 20-30 yards.

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      • AthensHomerDawg

        It makes a lot of sense except it makes me nervous that we’re down to one quarterback and he’s green and our next quarterback doesn’t impress me and it’s not his fault because he doesn’t get rat wraps reps

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      • Squatchdawg

        I saw that too and wondered when we were going to have Fromm keep it for a needed first down in the 4th.

        I’m still wondering…

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      • cali_dawg

        Agree. Added to that, our entire passing game is wack. To many vertical attempts that take forever to develop. We’re arguably tight end U in addition to RBU yet Nauta was largely ignored last night.

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    • doofusdawg

      Forget what I said about winning ugly. Congratulations Dawgs on the field and in the stands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Biggus Rickus

      If they never run the read option again with Michel taking the snap, I’ll be perfectly happy.

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  5. Siskey

    We won’t win em all but damn if we don’t have a football team.

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  6. Debby Balcer

    So happy for the team. I bet it was the best experience for all of you who got to be there in person.

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    • JG Shellnutt

      It was awesome to be at the game. Very strong bulldog presence. Maybe 40% of the stadium.

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      • Uglydawg

        That is AWESOME!..and it was noted, noticed and obvious on the TV! Our crowd hunkered down and pulled the Dawgs through..
        BTW…were y’all that went to the game..were any of y’all able to get your hands on the officiating crew after the game?

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        • Macallanlover

          Looked to me like we did every single one of those dumb things they flagged us for. Sloppy, that and the turnovers kept this from being a total domination.

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          • Problem was that bunch from Birmingham didn’t seem to understand that holding is a penalty to be called on both teams. The call on Holyfield’s kick return was ticky-tack and could be called on every damned kick return in the game.

            We go on the road in an OOC game and still get the business from the SEC officials.

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          • TnDawg

            It’s hard not to see the blatant mistakes by this refereeing crew.

            Roquan was the victim of an open field tackle at one point directly in front of the lead official.

            Were it not for instant replay, the final score is Notre Dame 26 Georgia 16, given the initial ruling on Godwin’s Odell Beckham impersonation and the ensuing kickoff return (initially ruled a miraclous balancing act).

            The officiating crew on the field were incompetent, and that’s being generous if you believe in conspiracies.

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            • TnDawg

              I could add in Godwin’s wrong-way punt return in which his knee was down in the early going.

              That one managed to elude not only the OTF crew, but the replay bunch as well.

              Rest assured if Godwin breaks that punt return for a significant gain that play is reviewed. One wonders why it was not reviewed and corrected when Mike Tirico easily spotted it from the commentator’s booth.

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              • willypmd

                i saw it from the 33rd row… a lot of those calls i was initially skeptical of given being in the stadium and 15 bourbons in. after rewatching today, the kick off was the most egregious. he was 3 yards behind the play and didn’t even displace the guys jersey.

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      • When you see the replay, Mike Tirico makes it a point to talk about how many Georgia fans made the trip and were in the stadium. I think he and Flutie were surprised about the turnout of the mean machine in red & black.

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        • Mike Cooley

          Where the officials were concerned, I had to listen to the first half on the radio. Scott Howard was saying the pass interference call on Dominic Sanders was an absolutely horrible call. What did y’all think? Otherwise from what I saw once I got to the TV it seemed like we were guilty of what we got flagged for it was just a matter of the officials being a little more zealous about their job when it came to us. The holding call on Holyfield’s return and the call on Sanders are the thing that make me mad at officials. I don’t get too worked up when they miss calls. They can’t see everything and it is moving fast. But it pisses me off when they call things that just didn’t happen.

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          • The Sanders’s call was trash. He was holding his position and the tight end ran into him. It was a PWG type of penalty SEC officials call on us. The call on the Holyfield return could be called on every kick. It truly seems like the SEC officials were told by the league office to call it tight on our side if we (meaning the SEC) want to be invited back to South Bend.

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            • gastr1

              Replay showed that even though the TE initiated contact–with his body, really, not hands–Sanders had a handful of ND shirt as the TE turned away. That’s a call against Sanders every time.

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          • Macallanlover

            And that was what I was saying. Sure, they didn’t call everything, thank God, no crew does. But what they flagged us for was always right. I hated the number of penalties and yardage but we did what they said we did. I hate when they call holding on a kick return that has no impact on the play, as they did on the Holyfield kickoff return. That was a a 70 damn yard penalty where the foul didn’t change anything and no one was endangered….let it go guys.

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  7. Way to go, Coach Smart! I’ve given Tucker grief over the first year, but he has done a damn good job the first 2 weeks of the season. We still have to get things moving on offense, but this team is headed in the right direction.

    No let down Saturday night, Dawgs! We need to come in and take care of business.

    Enjoy tonight, DawgNation.

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  8. addr

    I’m no fan of Chaney, but I don’t get the hate directed at him for this game. I thought the game plan was pretty solid considering that your offensive line is still pretty shaky and you have a true freshman quarterback starting on the road (excepting those wild dawg plays, which have never been especially effective).

    There were loads of mistakes made by the offense – the long hardman pass dropped that would’ve been first and goal, Sony slipping on the screen pass with nothing but green in front of him, etc… I suppose you could put that at Chaney’s feet, but I thought he did a good job of trying to mix up the running and give Fromm some easy reads. And of the few times he did go deep there was pretty much always single coverage, but Fromm missed those throws more often than he hit them. You make those easy plays as they were drawn up and this is an entirely different game.

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    • TnDawg

      I’m reminded of an old joke about Michael Jordan. They said Dean Smith was the only man that could shut him down.

      The same might be said for Chubb/Sony.

      3rd and 2 the game hangs in the balance. A fresh NFL tailback who has carried the ball 12 times all game. Who you gonna count on? That’s right…

      Christian Payne.

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      • Otto

        Payne had some good runs, Chaney didn’t run the smallest guy on the field for a 1st down with the game on the line. Sony had to work to get another 1st down out of the I. A hand off to Chubb would be hard to argue with but I see the logic in Payne taking the snap.

        Overall I’m content with what Chaney did. He did not overwhelm Fromm moved the ball and had plenty of players involved in the offense.

        The D kept ND in the game with 15 yarders but also came up big when needed.

        Smart does have legit grounds to be happy but also reasons to chew on his team. I for one was happy to hear his post game interview saying he was happy but there is plenty to clean up.

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      • it worked the other times it was called….poor execution not a poor call

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        • Agree – the call wasn’t bad. The ND tackle made a great play to penetrate. Otherwise, Payne gets the first down and we run out the clock.

          Last night was a mixed bag for Chaney. The use of Swift and Mecole and some of the downfield throws were good even if they weren’t caught. The Wild Dawg and the lack of an intermediate passing game … not so much.

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        • TnDawg

          I respectfully disagree.

          The “poor execution” excuse carries no water with me. Running an NFL caliber tailback on 3rd and 2 makes behind a road grader left tackle makes more sense than running a blocking back behind admittedly suspect guard/center.

          Both plays require execution to succeed. One counts on more talented players executing plays than the other.

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        • Squatchdawg

          Went to the well one two many times on that one.

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    • Uglydawg

      Level headed post, addr. For me the jury’s still out on Chaney (wild dog). This should have been easier if we had a little better hands and a fair officiating crew. Game was definite progress and a great, great win.

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      • I agree with you the wilddawg needs to be scrapped unless they actually throw some from that formation, everybody and their brother knows it is a run when that formation is called

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      • Yes, I’m with addr above. Not a fan of wild dawg either.
        On that 3 and 2 with Payne we’ve seen Chubb/Michel get stuffed a ton last year on that play.

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        • Macallanlover

          True, but we had burned them twice on the same play, think we went to the well too often on that one. It is also the same area every time, need something wide occasionally. Opposing coaches have seen enough film on us, counter plays, wide pitch plays, and short passes have to be added in to keep them honest. Sure, great execution would solve our short running play problems but we aren’t there yet, dance with what you brung.

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          • 4 of 18 on 3rd down is poor execution. Can’t see it any other way

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          • None

            Those two successful times we ran that fullback belly play set up another successful third down attempt later where we faked to Payne and then tossed wide to Sony. There was a DT out there but Sony put a move on him and picked up the first down.

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  9. Doggoned

    High-fives to the UGA fans who filled up the stadium with red and made noise like a home game. How the hell did you get all those tickets?
    Great night — dominating defense bails out gutty offense, Auburn loses, Ohio State and Corch get creamed.
    Go to bed happy 😊.

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    • Mayor

      I watched the game on TV and it looked like a Georgia home game there was so much red. And between the noise the crowd was making when ND had the ball and the chants of “UGA, UGA” it SOUNDED like a Georgia home game too. The Georgia fans were so loud you could hear them on TV.

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    • jhorne2000

      We paid through the nose. At least I did – but it was worth it

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  10. sniffer

    Its great to be a Georgia Bulldog!
    My nerves are wracked but, durn, the Dawgs didn’t fold and are coming home with a win. Y’all up in South Bend and Chicago, stay safe and out of trouble tonight.

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  11. BMan

    Dawgs front seven was phenomenal. Roquan Smith is a heat seeking missile. ND OTs couldn’t handle the speed. I saw an interview a couple weeks ago where I think Davin Bellamy talked about working on hand technique, and it was evident a couple of times when the LT couldn’t keep his hands on Bellamy. It was the first time in a while that I felt fairly calm when the D was on the field.

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  12. Tronan

    Our defensive front seven is fierce. They’re fun to watch. Our O is maddeningly inconsistent, and not just because we have a freshman QB under center. But, I can be nothing but happy tonight. If the coaches and players can iron out a few wrinkles, this team is going to make some noise.

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  13. Thatguy

    This defense feels/looks light-years faster to read and react than any since maybe the 2002 Dawg team. Bellamy, Carter, and company are going to wreak havoc on the rest of our schedule if they can stay healthy.

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  14. Greg63

    That defense is the damn TRUTH!!

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  15. Derek

    Always proud to be a dawg. Tonight was vindication and ratification. Unbelievable effort by the team and the dawg nation. Unreal. I’ve walked out victorious out of Bryant-Denny, Death Valley, neyland, jax and Jordan-hare, but I’ve never been happier than I am tonight.

    We had to get it done against all odds when nothing went right and we got the W.

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  16. ASEF

    I was impressed. Maybe the offensive play-calling could have been more ambitious in spots, but some of that was just believing in the offensive line to get push and the defense to do its job if it didn’t. Some of that was a true freshman in his first start on national TV in a night game at South Bend. You gotta believe the offense expands from here.

    Mainly it was just a team that looks like it believes in each other and enjoys playing sound, aggressive football. Step to the head of the SEC East chatter, Dawgs.

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  17. Cojones

    Had many of the same wistful thoughts that many of you seem to have had tonight, but-my, oh my- that D gave all of us a puff of UGA pride, especially those in Indiana to witness it firsthand. The Dawgs are now higher than a kite after winning a good battle with D leading the way for an experienced Freshman QB.

    Just good Dawg Fight in every one of ’em.

    Damn!, the tequila tastes especially fine tonight.

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    • Macallanlover

      You a juice man now? I could never get into MJ because of the BS legalities but if I had, tequila is the very last thing I would touch. Just as soon have a dose of castor oil as a shot of tequila….but it was a night to celebrate with whatever choice you make.

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  18. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Penalties – some seemed a little tricky-tacky, some egregious penalties weren’t called, and that seemed true for both teams. I didn’t see any Penn Wagerism tonight. What are you gonna do?

    I will say this: we need to scrap the wild dawg entirely OR we need to throw a pass every now and then so the defense will stay back and cover someone.

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  19. Suite jesus

    BTW I know nbc and notre dame are busInes partners but to state that ” both the teams are looking to get to the next level this year” is bogus. ND was 4-8 last year !!!! Pretty sure uga’s 8-5 is couple levels over that weak ass 4-8

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    • Mayor

      Mike Tirico is the worst ND homer I have ever seen!

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      • Macallanlover

        Disagree, he was very good and is employed by a network that has a direct relationship to one specific team. The ND fans are raising hell about Flute and want him fired for his comments which they interpreted as hate for ND going back to his BC days. Fans get so wrapped up in announcers and usually get it all wrong.

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        • PTC DAWG

          Correct, the announcers cannot please everyone, because some fans don’t want to be happy.

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        • Mayor

          I didn’t hear Flutie say anything negative about ND. Maybe the ND fans are pissed off because Flutie wasn’t a big enough homer for THEM like Tirico is. And BTW the very last thing Tirico said after the game was over as the telecast was signing off was: “Thank’s for watching NOTRE DAME football on NBC.” Now I realize that NBC has a contract to televise ND football games but sheesh that’s tacky–particularly when the other team wins.

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          • Bogart Double Dawg

            I thought the announcers on NBC called a good game. Especially considering that NBC is the Notre Dame network. I actually enjoyed the telecast and thought the commercial breaks seemed shorter. Perhaps not.

            Mayor, I often agree with you but I have to disagree with you here. The program is called Notre Dame football on NBC. It isn’t tacky, that is the name of the show and the Notre Dame TV network. We don’t get upset for calling it the SEC on CBS.

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            • Mayor

              Ok Ok. It just struck me wrong. We had just won the biggest away game in years and some A-hole is talking about the other team. Color me biased for the Dawgs.

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              • DawgFlan

                I really enjoyed Tirico and Flutie, and the entire NBC production. The lack of commerce breaks between every change of possession and special teams play was very welcomed. CBS and ESPN could learn a lot.

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                • Dawg1

                  Totally agree, and yet still came in @ just about 4 hours!

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                • 79Dawg

                  In the stadium, we were stunned by the number of times we looked over at the tv guy and he waving them on to keep playing; the pace of play seemed good, particularly considering all the laundry on the field and the reviews…

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  20. The Defense & Kicking Game were predicted to win the game. They Did.
    That left the Offense with enough juice to score enough points to win. Barely.
    Now on to the SEC Teams the Dawgs Play. Eason will be back for those
    Games. No QB Controversy This Team Wins as a Team Go Dawgs.

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    • Cojones

      Eason was seen at the game and on crutches. You have info that he will be back in two weeks?

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      • Maybe not, but, he will be back soon. He Is Week To Week now.
        Hopefully, we get him back for USCe, Tenn., Fla., & Aubarn.
        I see where the Dawg’s schedule is now rated the toughest in the nation.
        We will need 2 QB’s, especially Eason, for the remainder of the season.

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  21. Hobnail_Boot

    I dare say we started looking like Alabama in the 2nd half, right down to the bomb that Mecole almost sealed the game with.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Agree. Bama (& sos) go for the jugular with that long pass right after a turnover. Glad to see us do it too.

      WR play seems to be improved over last year, but still has a long way to go. TE play needs work.

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  22. D as in Dawg

    Tray Scott 🤔

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  23. Chicago Sun Times “Bulldogs fans turned out in boggling numbers. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of the fans at Notre Dame’s 257th consecutive sellout made this the most sought-after ticket of this young season. Online ticket prices started at nearly $400 on game day, and high-end tickets reportedly were going for four times that. Georgia officials, who received an allotment of 8,000 tickets, estimated that they easily could have sold three times that number.”

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  24. Bulldogs fans turned out in boggling numbers. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of the fans at Notre Dame’s 257th consecutive sellout made this the most sought-after ticket of this young season. Online ticket prices started at nearly $400 on game day, and high-end tickets reportedly were going for four times that. Georgia officials, who received an allotment of 8,000 tickets, estimated that they easily could have sold three times that number.

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  25. This team is 2 guards and a shutdown corner away from being really, really special. The young talent that is developing is great.

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    • dawgman3000

      I think that right side of the line with Kindley and Thomas is going to be outright nasty. I’m also impressed with the poise Fromm showed in a hostile environment after committing 2 turnovers, but I’ll be glad when Eason returns. Cant say enough about the defense. That front 7 is as good as we thought they were before the season started, especially Carter and Bellamy. All in all, I’m a very happy Dawg this morning, now lets go out and beat the crap out of Samford.

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      • I hope this game is a springboard for Carter. He pressured the QB a lot tonight. He may not get stats, but opposing offenses will certainly have to account for where he is.

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        • Kirby even said after the game that Zo is playing out of position because of depth needs (assume he’s talking about the star in some situations). He and Bellamy may not get big stats, but they are disruptive. The 2 of them plus Reed really did an excellent job of setting the edge and getting controlled pressure on the outside. Trent, Ledbetter and the DT depth just dominated the middle against the Notre Dame front.

          Wimbush said he had never seen speed like that on a defense. Kelly said we were much more physical on defense. It’s the best of both worlds.

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    • Dawg1

      Wait till Gibbs develops at the star. It’s like having another LB like Roquan in at the same time.

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  26. bulldogbry

    Senator, I don’t want to trigger you, but didn’t it seem as if the “directional kicks” were as good as touchbacks last night? Four kickoffs for 84 yards, 21 yard avg return, 62 yard average kicks. Sure they didn’t all go to the goal line, but with KO coverage looking better, I would think we actually would want to give our coverage team a chance to pin them in a corner and try to stop them at the 15.

    Or do I have too much time on my hands?

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    • Macallanlover

      That is exactly what they did. Hot Rod’s kicks were high and deliberately hit to force a run back….and it worked. Our coverage teams are extremely fast, and tackle well. We lost contain once but both kickoff and punt coverage this year is the best I can remember. Mecole, Stanley, and others are all over runner this season. Did you see the last kickoff that flew the end line? He hit that one low but too deep for a return, the other kicks were right at the 5 yardline to the goal line but much higher to allow coverage.

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  27. Spike

    Great run defense! Clutch kick by Rodrigo! And I see you Christian Payne!!

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  28. AthensHomerDawg

    Nice win but…..

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  29. ChicagoDawg

    I was never nor am I now a Richt hater. Having said that, as I stood there in the stands near the “official” UGA section (although it appeared the red and black were well represented all around the stadium) and watched the team celebrate with the fans I couldn’t help thinking that this is the kind of “big game” that we all suffered through as the Dawgs wilted time and time again under Richt’s leadership. Perhaps we’ve put that behind us.

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    • Mayor

      CMR would have found a way to lose this game at the end with a bonehead call. Good luck to him in Miami though. He’s a good guy and runs a clean program.

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      • CMR would have won this by 10 plus and would have won UT, Vandy and GT last year and while I don’t how he would have been closer in Oxford……. he never lost to Ole Miss. While we’re at it… who signed Zo ,Bellamy, Roquan and the rest of that front seven…..I know who .

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  30. Hillbilly Dawg

    From the Chicago Tribune;

    ” The Bulldogs are the first SEC team to visit South Bend since Tennessee in 2005, and they might not be asked back.”

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    • Macallanlover

      We definitely won’t get another invite, let’s just hope they don’t cancel 2019 on us. Have thought that was a possibility when this was signed, hope we put a mega financial penalty in that contract because many of these can be bought out for as little as $10K.

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      • Hillbilly Dawg

        They won’t. There’s too much $$ on the table, TV contracts as 19′ would be CBS since it’s in Athens. Way too much involved in ND trying to bail. Can you imagine the total embarrassment? They will be under a new HC by then too. Guaranteed that Kelly won’t last another season. If he does, I’ll be amazed.

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  31. Mandatory training for Jim Chaney: 70 hours of studying Darren McFadden running the Wild Hog – then, either run it like Darren, or scrap the Wild Dawg altogether. Wild Dawg and knuckle-head penalties were the only flaws (slight) in a great, memorable game.
    Go Dawgs!

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  32. Cojones

    Hey, DIF, hope you are hunkered down well or have vacated the area. Could you post frequently to let us know how you and Tampa are faring? Hopefully, you can get this message.

    You are probably driving around hub deep in water with a rally flag hung out your window and barking Woof! Woof! Woof! out the window to Jim Cantore.

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    • No Axe to Grind

      Tampa/Sarasota: 100 mph winds gusting; storm surge around 4 feet. If that holds true, even someone like me who lives on a barrier island (Longboat Key) should be OK. If that is the case.

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  33. PTC DAWG

    I been telling the doubters, Kirby is on it. GATA

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  34. Shane#1

    Loved the win, always hated ND. We are hunkering down here, waiting on Irma, last night the eye was projected to go right over Albany, but she may have shifted further west.BTW, Dawg D is NASTY!

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  35. Jared S.

    I’ve never liked Brian Kelly. Or most ND fans I know for that matter.

    Love this win. Hope it’s a harbinger of great things. The spirit of this team during this game was awesome to behold.

    As has been mentioned….the penalties and OC have me worried though. Sigh.

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