SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jake Fromm was making mistakes in the first half Saturday night at Notre Dame and not making excuses.
A poor decision on a comeback route to tight end Isaac Nauta gets picked off.
“I got you next time,” wide receiver Terry Godwin said, relaying how Fromm reacts to such a miscue.
Fumbling on an exchange with Nick Chubb that left coach Kirby Smart frustrated because Fromm didn’t fall on the ball and turned into another turnover.
“He came back to the sideline and said, ‘ That’s on me, let’s go,” guard Kendall Baker said. “’We’re going to get the next one.’”
Fromm wasn’t a world-beater against the No. 24 Fighting Irish but he showed enough fight to help No. 15 Georgia to a 20-19 win.
He helped lead a 63-yard, nine-play drive over 3:13 to set up a 30-yard Rodrigo Blankenship field goal with 3:34 to go.
“For him to stay in the pocket like that and take those kind of hits and still deliver the ball, that’s great for a freshman in this type of environment and that kind of D-line coming at him,” Godwin said.
Fromm completed 16 of 29 passes for 141 yards with a touchdown and interception and was sacked twice.
“I thought Fromm played with good poise,” Smart said. “I never felt like it got too big for him….He’s a competitor. I’m proud of the kid. I think this will be a great learning experience for him. You got to figure he’s going to grow a lot from playing in this kind of atmosphere and environment. The guy, I mean he made some throws he’s not going to get credit for two that the guy dropped.”
Fromm was just the second Georgia true freshman to start their first game on the road.
Eric Zeier in 1991 was the other, leading the No. 22 Bulldogs to a 37-17 win at No. 23 Ole Miss.
Another true freshman, Jacob Eason, led Georgia on fourth-quarter drives late to win at Missouri and Kentucky last season.
On Saturday, Eason walked around with the help of a cane, missing the game with a sprained left knee. Fromm was left to get the offense down the field with the game on the line.
“Our team, like we proved time and time again last year, we’ve got the ability to drive the ball down late in the game when we need it,” Blankenship said. “I just knew that our offense was going to put our team in position to win.”