The No. 3 Bulldogs whack No. 7 Notre Dame, 23-17, establishing Georgia up for one more run at aa nationwide title. Or not.
ATHENS, Ga. — It is a duo-word mantra that comprehends Georgia football’s recent achievement and nods at the program’s past of unfulfilled buildup.
Do more has been the rallying scream for this football team this year, and the scoreboard on Saturday night indicated the admonition was laboring.
No. 3 Georgia’s accomplishment over Notre Dame, then-No. 7, clearly strode it closer to football superiority and left the big-talking enthusiasts of the Bulldogs aglow.
But Georgia, the confident bet to win the languid Southeastern Conference East, must still move forward from its own long narrative of showing promise but then looking before it can fetch its hands on a national championship prize.
Kirby Smart who is Georgia’s coach said over the summer that they understood how close they have been to take the next step. They were not complacent in what they had done, and they know they need to take that next step. And for them, the pressure is a reflection of ambition.
When you adjusted your eyes between Sanford stadia teeters on Saturday, it was not difficult, eventually, to watch a team that could question the long-running established Athens paradigm of close-but-not-quite seasons, comprising three since 2012 that stammered with wrenching late casualties to Alabama on some of the sport’s hugest stages.
Jake Fromm’s data on Saturday — 20 for 26 for 187 ratifying yards and no interceptions — were those of an accountable junior quarterback who could toss well and rely on a robust hurrying attack.