At Second Glance: More observations about Georgia’s stirring win at Notre Dame by Seth Emerson
Terry Godwin's great catch makes a point about his development as a receiver, and perhaps that of Mecole Hardman.
Each week during the season, we re-watch that week’s Georgia football game in order to gain more insight, observations and just plain make sure we didn’t miss anything. This week there was nothing quite like being inside Notre Dame Stadium, where Bulldogs fans basically took over and watched their team pull out a 20-19 victory. But after navigating travel issues and a hurricane, this reporter watched the TV version of the game. Here are some observations:
Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy really start to emerge in the second half. That’s when Carter in particular kept making plays. Their collective first half was more quiet. It seems that Georgia’s entire defensive strategy eventually wore down Notre Dame’s blockers, and that’s when Carter and Bellamy pounced, their athleticism proving dominant.
The underrated play of the game may have been midway through the third quarter, a first down when Bellamy ran around Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchy, applying pressure to force an incompletion. Notre Dame was driving, and a touchdown there would have made it 20-10. Instead the drive stalled after that play.
What’s so impressive about those two guys is that on that final series, Georgia was rushing four-on-five, saving its numbers for the back end — and Bellamy and Carter still broke through.
But the takeaway from watching is the number of Georgia defensive players who deserve plaudits.
Roquan Smith was so good. No. 3 was seemingly always on the screen, wherever you saw the ball going. That’s just football intelligence, a nose for the ball, whatever you want to call it, Smith has it. An example: On a rare occasion when Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush did fool Georgia’s front with a handoff, Smith was the one player who saw the call and raced to the sideline, bringing Wimbush down for a short gain.
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