Just as Georgia’s offense started rolling on a drive a little more than halfway through the third quarter, Notre Dame halted the momentum. But the Irish’s tactic to stop the Georgia offense was less than legitimate.
After a 5-yard completion to Lawrence Cager on first-and-10 inside the red zone, quarterback Jake Fromm appeared to want to run another play quickly on second down, but he wasn’t able to because a Notre Dame player went down with an injury.
That player was Irish linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. While he did seem to be getting up a little slowly after the 5-yard pass, rather than quickly getting off the field, his teammate seemed to get instructions from the Notre Dame bench to push Owusu-Koramoah to the field in order to temporarily stop play.
So Notre Dame blatantly just faked an injury. pic.twitter.com/OCWycBRjej
— Connor O'Gara (@cjogara) September 22, 2019
The tactic worked. The officials did stop the game. Then, running back D’Andre Swift gained just one yard on second down, and then Fromm threw an incomplete pass into the end zone on third down. That forced Georgia to settle for a field goal.
A similar incident happened later in the third quarter with linebacker Asmar Bilal.
Second assumed faked injury of the night for Notre Dame. (CBS) pic.twitter.com/8GJSn3FJnZ
— Pep Talk Sports (@PepTalkSports) September 22, 2019
The Bulldogs lead the Irish, 13-10, heading into the fourth, but if Georgia falls behind in this game, losing momentum on the drive midway through the third quarter could prove to be a critical turning point.