Joanne Norell | September 24, 2019
Following Saturday’s top-10 slugfest between No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 3 Georgia, Bulldog offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson had nothing but praise for the team his had just defeated in what looked and felt like a College Football Playoff play-in game.
“That is a playoff team,” Wilson said. “They’re a top 10 team. Talent is there.”
That might be little consolation for a Notre Dame program that has seen itself in this position before. Few gave the Irish a chance between the hedges — citing a track record that, perhaps unfairly, pointed to an inability to win a big game.
Notre Dame did everything it could to silence its critics Saturday. The Irish played physical. They bottled the run. They showed creativity in the offensive gameplan. They outplayed the Bulldogs on special teams. They did everything, in short, except win.
Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly and his squad have little use for moral victories. After all, they don’t get you to the College Football Playoff. What can, though, are nine more games where the Irish play like they did in Athens (and maybe a little help from elsewhere in college football).
As Irish captain Khalid Kareem put it: “The next opponents who we have coming up this season, best of luck to you. Because we’re coming.”
If nothing else, the Irish showed one thing:
There is no quit.
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