Kelly Says Irish Were Caught Off Guard By Georgia As They Prep For Boston College
SOUTH BEND, IN -- Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly says their loss to Georgia will be a great learning experience for his Fighting Irish. He says they were caught off guard by the #15 Bulldogs.
"We watched film against Appalachian State to prepare for Georgia, and we shouldn't have watched it," Kelly said at his weekly press conference. "The team we saw was a different team. Georgia played extremely well against us."
It was a back and forth battle with Georgia as the Bulldogs upended the Fighting Irish 20-19 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. The Georgia game was the second career start for junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who Coach Kelly says played a solid game against the Bulldogs, but now it's all about teaching him to trust.
"You have your teaching and go through it during the week and then it happens in the game. Just trust what you see and go with it," Kelly said of his plan fro Wimbush this week. "I think the big learning curve for young quarterbacks is that sometimes they think a little bit too much instead of just trusting it and going with it."
Wimbush struggled against the Bulldogs, failing to record a passing touchdown on 19-of-39 passing for 211 yards. He also had 16 carries and record just one yard rushing.
Now the Notre Dame has their first true road game of the season as they travel to Boston to face the Golden Eagles of Boston College. It's a long standing rivalry that will also serve as the first of five ACC opponents for Notre Dame this year, as per their agreement with the ACC.
"They're an aggressive group," Kelly said of the Golden Eagles. "They love to take the football away and they have a great freshman quarterback. In all three phases we'll have to play very well."
Kelly says BC's second team All-American defensive end Harold Landry will be tough do deal with. Landry has not skipped a beat since last season recording seven tackles against Wake Forest, three of which were sacks. He also has an interception to his credit against Maryland.
The Irish are 13-9 all-time against Boston College and are riding a five-game winning streak in the rivalry. They have not met since Notre Dame's 19-16 win in 2015 at Notre Dame Stadium.
Kickoff this Saturday in Boston is at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.
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