Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds remaining and that carried the No. 16 Irish to a 21-20 nonconference victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
With the loss, the Hokies fell to 5-3 overall on the season and saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Notre Dame moved to 6-2 on the season.
Tech took a 20-14 lead after the second of two second-half field goals by Brian Johnson. Johnson had given the Hokies a 17-14 lead on a 44-yard field goal early in the third quarter, and Tech pushed it to 20-14 on his 25-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
But in the final three minutes, the Irish put together their best drive of the day. They marched 87 yards in 18 plays – converting on fourth down on two occasions – and scored on Book’s run. Jonathan Doerer’s extra point provided the final margin.
Tech had one last chance, but a Quincy Patterson pass was intercepted, and the Irish ran out the clock.
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