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D'Andre Swift hurdles a Notre Dame defender.

Social media gushes over D’Andre Swift, calls out Notre Dame ‘injuries’

When College GameDay visits and you’re the most-watched college football game of the season, there are going to be a lot of people talking about your game. And that’s certainly the case after Georgia’s 23-17 win over Notre Dame.

There were a number of things that had fans and media types buzzing after the game. From a player perspective, D’Andre Swift’s incredible hurdle had everyone in awe of his athleticism and ability. Swift finished the game with 98 rushing yards and a touchdown.

While Swift never broke a big run —his longest carry on the night went for 15 yards — his physical running style really pleased Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

“He’s a physical dude. He played with passion, the heart and courage of a champion,” Smart said. “He took some ownership of the team. He had just as much of an impact on our sideline talking to people as he did carrying the ball.”

One of the other major talking points from the game was how Notre Dame went about trying to slow down Georgia’s offense. When the Bulldogs tried to go uptempo during the game, a Notre Dame defender would seem to go down with an injury that stopped the flow of the game.

And Twitter detectives seemed to notice that this may have been intentional on Notre Dame’s part.

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm was asked about it in postgame. After initially giving a no comment, Fromm gave a deeper answer on what he thought was happening.

“I don’t really know what was going on,” Fromm said in a frustrated tone. “We were trying to play football and try and play fast and they wouldn’t less us.”

Georgia fans heavily booed when it became fairly clear that Notre Dame players were trying to slow down the Georgia offense.

But the Georgia fans also seemed to make a difference during the game. Notre Dame had 6 false start penalties in the game. In the third quarter, Notre Dame had to burn two timeouts because it could not get a snap off due to the disruptive Georgia crowd. Those proved to be costly later in the game as Notre Dame mounted a comeback.

And whether you were watching the game on television or in the stadium you could tell that the atmosphere was something special in Sanford Stadium.

Related: Kirby Smart, Jake Fromm praise Georgia football fans for the best environment they’ve ever seen

But Georgia fans also earned some national acclaim for how they treated Notre Dame fans. Georgia fans gave the Fighting Irish a round of applause as they walked off the field after the 23-17 Georgia win.

And a number of Georgia football players and recruits took notice of the effort put forth by the crowd on Saturday night.

Georgia fans will have to wait a little while to get back ‘Between the Hedges.’ Georgia’s next home game isn’t until Oct. 12, as the Bulldogs welcome South Carolina to Athens. The Bulldogs have an off week next weekend and then visit Tennessee on Oct. 5.

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