Skip to main content

Brian Kelly Getting Crushed For Clock Mismanagement At End Of First Half vs. Georgia

A closeup of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly talking to his players.

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish directs a player in the 2nd half against the Navy Midshipmen at SDCCU Stadium on October 27, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)

Notre Dame has more than held its own against Georgia on the road so far, but fans are wondering if head coach Brian Kelly made a crucial error at the end of the first half that could come back to bite them.

Facing a 1st-and-15 from Georgia's 17-yard-line, Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book found Chris Finke for an eight-yard gain. Notre Dame's players ran up the field to snap the ball quickly for the next play, but Kelly instead called timeout once they were lined up.

The decision not to call timeout immediately cost Notre Dame a few seconds.

Notre Dame had 13 seconds left and called for two passing plays - neither of which worked. The Fighting Irish kicked a field goal on fourth down.

At the half, it's 10-7 Notre Dame. It remains to be seen if the Fighting Irish could use a few more points when it's all said and done.

Georgia was a 14.5-point favorite heading into the contest, but so far, it's been the Fighting Irish who have looked like the better team.

The second half should be fascinating. You can catch the game on CBS.