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Saturday, September 09, 2017 9:50 pm

Halftime thoughts: Notre Dame 13, Georgia 10

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

SOUTH BEND — Sharing some thoughts from halftime at Notre Dame Stadium:

Defense getting it done: Georgia got its running game going in the second quarter, but freshman quarterback Jake Fromm doesn't look completely comfortable. He threw an interception in the final two minutes of the half as he forced a throw to tight end Isaac Nauta. Drue Tranquill undercut the route on an out-cut. The Irish defense is still without a sack, but the turnovers are back.

Love lost: The key play in this game, resulting in a 10-10 score, was Terry Godwin running a fade on Notre Dame's Julian Love in the end zone and making a brilliant one-handed catch. The ball never even touched his other hand. Love immediately signaled incomplete, and so did the nearest official, but that call was overturned on replay. It was a 5-yard touchdown pass for Fromm.

A lot of penalties: Matt Austin's crew, from the Southeastern Conference, by the way, has been busy tonight. While watching live, it's always difficult to tell if all the calls are warranted, but we generally prefer games with fewer flags. It seemed like a long half with little flow because, in part, of marching off nine penalties.

Hayes to the rescue: A big play on defense inspired Notre Dame's fans to finally get loud in the second quarter. Daelin Hayes' fumble recovery on Fromm's mishandle was the first dynamic, game-changing play for the Irish. The turnover gave them momentum and set up Brandon Wimbush's 1-yard touchdown run to cap a 32-yard drive.

Mistake-free: So far, no turnovers for Wimbush, who has been under pressure at times. He has directed three scoring drives, including field goals of 39 and 42 yards from Justin Yoon. Wimbush has completed 9 of 16 passes for 114 yards.

Up next: The Bulldogs get the ball to start the second half. They won the opening toss and deferred their choice to the second half.