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Notre Dame Enters Lane Stadium And Exits With A Win Over Virginia Tech, 45-23

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Notre Dame proved they could handle a tough crowd on the road, and goes home undefeated.

Notre Dame v Virginia Tech Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish didn’t make it easy on themselves early in the football game, but they kept leaning on the Virginia Tech Hokies for a 45-23 win.

The Irish started the game on fire with an aggressive gameplan that had Ian book hitting most of his receivers with a 8-8 start. The Irish went up 10-0 after a short Dexter Williams touchdown run and then a Justin Yoon field goal, and they looked like a team that was ready to roll the Hokies.

Virginia Tech went on a field goal run (3 of them), as they moved the ball pretty well, but could not finish things in the endzone. With the Irish holding on to a 10-9 lead late in the second quarter and Virginia Tech looking to drive, Khalid Kareem stripped quarterback Ryan Willis, and Julian Love provided a scoop and score.

Unfortunately for the Irish, Tech got the ball back and drove it down the field for a Damon Hazelton touchdown. The Irish went into the half with a slim lead, a quarterback going cold, and -3 rushing yards.

It didn’t take long in the second half as a 97 TD run from Dexter Williams early in the 3rd quarter sparked the Irish the rest of the way.

Ian book found Miles Boykin two more times with 40 and 5 yard strikes to extend the lead to 38-16. The Irish had hit a wall in the first half, but that Williams run lifted the entire team.

Virginia Tech missed a couple of long field goals in the second half, with the second one being a strange call — given the amount the Hokies were down and that it was a 52 yarder.

The Hokies added a touchdown with a little over 5 minutes left in the game, and tried an onside kick, but the Irish recovered the ball deep in Hokie territory. Notre Dame then took a short field and created a 31 yard touchdown run from Dexter Williams.

The ensuing Hokie drive resulted in a Julian Love interception, and the Irish leave Lane Stadium with a win — a BIG win.

Dexter Williams had 178 yards on 17 carries and 3 touchdowns. Miles Boykin had 8 receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. This team remains for real. More to come on One Foot Down about this giant win by the Irish.