Before the fourth quarter, Lorenzo Carter looked into the stands and saw the many Georgia fans turn on the flashlight to their cellphones.
That has become a somewhat new tradition for Georgia fans, started back in 2015 against Georgia Southern. At Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night, roughly half of the stadium turned their phone's flashlight on and held them in the air.
Carter was blown away with how many fans made the long trip to see Georgia play Notre Dame, and was happy to send them back home with a 20-19 victory over the Fighting Irish.
“First of all, thank the fan base for coming out strong, coming out huge,” Carter said. “That was big time. It felt like a home game, man. In the fourth quarter, I saw those lights come up and it was crazy. It just felt good. It feels good.”
While it won't be known how many Georgia fans were in attendance, it wouldn't be out of the question to suggest it was a 50-50 split. For a program as historically significant as Notre Dame, it was quite interesting to see so many Georgia fans inside its stadium.
This allowed for the game to almost be a neutral-site affair, with head coach Kirby Smart saying that there was no issue with freshman quarterback Jake Fromm and the cadence at the line of scrimmage.
“You don't get to do it on the road in the SEC; the fan base don't let you do that,” Smart said. “We were able to go with ours, and I thought a lot of it had to do with the red and black.”
Inside linebacker Roquan Smith read about how many fans attended Friday's Chicago Cubs-Milwaukee Brewers game.
He said it was a big deal for the fan base to travel as well as it did.
“It was an awesome feeling to give them a win like that,” Smith said.