Georgia hangs on for exciting win against Notre Dame at Sanford Stadium

Associated Press photo by Curtis Compton / Georgia tailback D'Andre Swift leaps over Notre Dame cornerback Shaun Crawford to pick up a first down with quarterback Jake Fromm watching during the third quarter of Saturday night's game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
photo Associated Press photo by Curtis Compton / Georgia wide receiver Lawrence Cager (15) celebrates his touchdown catch with teammates during the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

ATHENS, Ga. - Having played Notre Dame early last season and having faced Georgia earlier this month, Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason was asked last week who he thought would win Saturday night's anticipated showdown between the No. 7 Fighting Irish and the No. 3 Bulldogs.

"Georgia, to me, is probably a notch above," Mason said.

A notch was defined as six points as the Bulldogs improved to 4-0 with a 23-17 escape before a record Sanford Stadium crowd of 93,246 that was dazzled by the stadium's new lighting features that will make night games very popular for the foreseeable future.

"This