Three issues Notre Dame fans don't wish to hear after loss to Georgia

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Here are three takeaways from Georgia’s 20-19 win at Notre Dame on Saturday night, none of which most Irish fans probably want to hear.

Georgia fans took over South Bend. It was clear throughout the week that there were lots of Georgia fans headed to the game, the first-ever regular season meeting between the teams and the first time they’ve played since the Bulldogs beat the Irish 17-10 in the 2001 Sugar Bowl to secure the national title. Saturday night, the newly-renovated, 79,000-seat Notre Dame Stadium became a sea of red.

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“It looked like at least half were donning Georgia red on Saturday. Maybe it was just 40 percent, but there was a lot. And they were loud,” Dawg Nation writes.

Said UGA coach Kirby Smart, “I’m proud of our fans Proud of the fact that they came out. The video shots I saw from Chicago before the game and the take-over when we got here, that played a role in this game. So we never felt like it was so much of a road game. I mean, there were times our quarterback was able to go on his own cadence. You don’t usually get to do on the road. You don’t get to do it on the road in the SEC, the fan base don’t let you do that. We were able to go with ours and I thought a lot of it had to do with the red and black.”

Three things Notre Dame fans don't want to hear after loss to Georgia

Irish fans have seen this movie before. In seven of its eight losses last season, Notre Dame had the ball late in the game with the chance to win but lost by one possession.  Additionally, Saturday night marked the 10th one-possession defeat in Notre Dame’s last 12 losses.

The Indy Star writes, “Saturday’s loss brought back memories not just of 2016, but the fact that under Kelly, Notre Dame has struggled to win important games. Since playing for a national championship in 2012, Notre Dame has only beat one program that finished the season ranked higher than No. 18 — which was Michigan State in 2013 (finished No. 3).”

Brian Kelly is still surly. Yahoo! Sports writes that at the beginning of his post-game press conference, Kelly was “the embodiment of sweetness and light. He lavished praise on visiting Georgia (and) pumped up his own team, pouring sunshine in their ears.  … This was the guy who has been billed as the New Brian, promoting a new culture: more calm, less of a purple-faced sideline rager; more positive, less caustic; more at peace, less at war. . . 

“(But) on the last question of the press conference, the old jerk came out of hiding.”

That’s when this exchange between Kelly and Indy Star writer Laken Litman happened.

Next week, Notre Dame visits Boston College, where we envision neither a one-possession game nor an opponent that will finish the season ranked higher than 18th.