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Notre Dame wins at Virginia Tech 32-29 on late field goal

The Irish used two scoring drives in the final 2:30 to win their fifth game of the season.
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Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner (12) runs the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Gentry)

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Jonathan Doerer kicked a 48-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining, capping a dramatic rally to give No. 14 Notre Dame a 32-29 victory over Virginia Tech on the road Saturday night. 

The Fighting Irish tied the game at 29 on Jack Coan’s 4-yard pass to Avery Davis and a two-point conversion completion to Kevin Austin with 2:26 left. After forcing the Hokies to punt, Coan drove the Irish 45 yards in seven plays and Doerer split the uprights, sparing Notre Dame a second straight loss. 

Virginia Tech had gone ahead 29-21 with 3:55 to play, taking advantage of two interceptions thrown by Notre Dame freshman quarterback Tyler Buchner. 

After falling behind 10-0, Notre Dame replaced Coan with Buchner in the second quarter and the freshman led the Irish on two touchdown drives to put them up 14-13 at halftime. 

Notre Dame is 5-1 heading into its fall break and won't play again until Southern California visits on Oct. 23.

Jonathan Doerer for the win! #GoIrish

Posted by Notre Dame Football on Saturday, October 9, 2021