Thu, 28 Oct 2021

No. 14 Notre Dame scores 11 late points to edge Virginia Tech

Field Level Media
10 Oct 2021, 13:55 GMT+10

Jonathan Doerer made a 48-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to lift No. 14 Notre Dame to a 32-29 win over host Virginia Tech on Saturday evening in Blacksburg, Va.

Tyler Buchner passed for one touchdown and rushed for another for Notre Dame (5-1). Kyren Williams had one rushing touchdown and one receiving TD for the Fighting Irish.

Raheem Blackshear had one rushing touchdown and one receiving score for Virginia Tech (3-2), which fell to 1-3 in the all-time series. Hokies quarterback Braxton Burmeister completed 15 of 30 passes for 184 yards and an interception.

Virginia Tech jumped to a 7-0 lead with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter. Blackshear scored on a 7-yard run that marked his fourth rushing touchdown of the season.

The Hokies made it 10-0 early in the second quarter on a 19-yard field goal by John Parker Romo.

Notre Dame cut the deficit to 10-7 on Buchner's 3-yard rushing touchdown with 6:51 left in the first half. A 46-yard pass from Buchner to Kevin Austin helped set up the score.

Buchner struck again to put the Fighting Irish on top 14-10 with 32 seconds remaining in the first half, completing an 8-yard pass into the end zone to Williams.

Virginia Tech pulled within 14-13 in the waning seconds of the half on a 52-yard field goal by Romo.

The Hokies grabbed a 16-14 lead midway through the third quarter on Romo's third field goal, this time from 26 yards.

Notre Dame answered later in the third quarter to grab a 21-16 advantage. Williams scored on a 10-yard run that gave him four rushing touchdowns on the season to go along with three receiving touchdowns.

The back-and-forth battle continued as Virginia Tech grabbed a 22-21 lead with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Jermaine Waller picked off a pass from Buchner and sprinted 26 yards into the end zone for the go-ahead defensive touchdown.

Virginia Tech made it 29-21 with 3:55 remaining. Burmeister scored on a 19-yard run to cap off an eight-play, 56-yard drive.

Notre Dame stormed back to tie the game at 29-all with a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 2:26 to go. Avery Davis caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Jack Coan, and Austin hauled in another pass from Coan for the two-point conversion.

--Field Level Media

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