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Saturday Night Watch Party: Virginia Tech vs. #16 Notre Dame (2019)

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Chase Claypool rushes against Virginia Tech.

What happened?

A last-gasp touchdown drive resulting in a seven-yard scoring rush by Ian Book lifted No. 16 Notre Dame to a 21-20 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. 

After the Hokies (5-3) had held the Irish (6-2) scoreless in the second half, Book and company manufactured an 18-play, 87-yard drive in the final 3:22 of regulation, scoring with 29 seconds remaining to regain the lead. 

Book finished 29-of-53 for 341 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing for an additional 50 yards on 13 carries. Wide receiver Chase Claypool had eight catches for 118 yards — including one for 26 yards on fourth down during the final drive — while Chris Finke finished with 56 yards on five receptions and tight ends Cole Kmet and Tommy Tremble each had touchdown receptions. Running back Jafar Armstrong finished with 37 rushing yards. 

Linebacker Drew White led the team in tackles with eight, while cornerback Donte Vaughan had six tackles and a pair of pass breakups and safety Kyle Hamilton finished with four tackles, a pass break-up and the interception that iced the game with two seconds to go.

Highlights vs. Virginia Tech (2019)

A missed Irish field goal attempt at the 7:02 mark resulted in a missed opportunity to cut into the Hokie lead, but the Irish defense halted Virginia Tech and took possession at their own 13-yard line with 3:22 to go. A pair of fourth-down conversions kept the drive alive, first on fourth-and-three from the 20 when Book found Armstrong for five yards. The next came on fourth-and-10 at the Virginia Tech 33, when Book connected with Claypool on a crossing route for 26 yards to the seven.

Three plays later, Book was in the end zone, scrambling for the score after the play broke down, with the extra point giving the Irish the lead for the first time since the first half.

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