Notre Dame Uses Ground Game To Dominate Georgia Tech

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s (6-0, 5-0) matchup with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-5, 2-4) was considered a trap game for the Irish but it was far from that. The No. 4 ranked team in the country came to Atlanta and handled business, winning by a final score of 31-13.

The Fighting Irish have a date with the No.1 Clemson Tigers next week and with news swirling that the Tigers’ starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence would be questionable for next week’s matchup due to COVID-19, there were questions of if they would overlook the Yellow Jackets.

They answered those questions early as Notre Dame looked focused from the jump, scoring on the first drive of the game when quarterback Ian Book connected with Joe Wilkins Jr. for an eight-yard score. They were poised to take over the game on the very next drive when Georgia Tech forced a fumble and Zamari Wilson recovered for the 93-yard scoop and score to tie the game at seven.

From that point on, the Fighting Irish would rip off 24 straight unanswered points. Notre Dame had its way on the ground, rushing for 227 yards on 44 carries. Kyren Williams and C’Bo Flemister split 15 carries apiece and accounted for three touchdowns.

The Yellow Jackets did not show much on offense until late in the fourth quarter when they put their first touchdown drive of the day together. Jeff Sims led the offense down the field and running back Jordan Mason punched it in from one yard out.

Head coach Geoff Collins called for an onside kick with 7:03 left in the game and his team was able to execute it to perfection. However, they would fail to take advantage, giving it back just five plays later.

Sims finished the game completing 15-26 for 150 yards. Overall, Tech was only able to muster up 238 yards of total offense.

Georgia Tech will be off until Nov. 14 when they return home to face the Pittsburgh Panthers.

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