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Brian Kelly Responds To Allegations Of Notre Dame Faking Injuries

A closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly responded today to allegations of Fighting Irish players faking injuries to slow down Georgia's offense on Saturday night.

Videos went viral on Twitter on Saturday night, appearing to show Notre Dame players intentionally going down on the field to stop play.

"Check the Notre Dame 'injury' here. So many of these going on..." Tim Cowlishaw tweeted.

Cowlishaw was far from the only person to point this out on Saturday night.

Kelly was asked about this during his teleconference today.

“Owusu was evaluated for a concussion. He was brought to the tent,” Kelly said, per 247Sports. “So, that’s hard to be booing at a young man who suffered an evaluation for a concussion. Quite honestly, Georgia doesn’t play very fast, so I found that to be quite interesting there would be a number of questions on something like that.”

Kelly was also asked about linebacker Asmar Bilal going down.

“Then the other one (Bilal) was cramping. Again, it’s a non-issue. It happens in college football all of the time. Guys go down and they’ve got to be administered to. I’ve seen games against us where there have been many, many more, so I’m not even sure why you’re asking the question," he said.

Notre Dame ended up losing to Georgia, 23-17, to drop to 2-1 on the season.