Notre Dame wins in shocking fashion with backup quarterback

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Things looked bleak for Notre Dame in the fourth quarter against Virginia. However, the luck of the Irish showed up in the clutch.

The Fighting Irish scored in the final minute to beat Virginia 34-27.

Up 19-14 in the third quarter, quarterback Malik Zaire was tackled awkwardly with the Virginia defender rolling up his ankle. The quarterback needed to be helped off the field and would be taken for X-rays.

Virginia took a one point lead with just under two minutes to go. Backup quarterback DeShone Kizer took over for Zaire and was unremarkable in his first few possessions.

Then, with time running off the clock and the Irish just on the Virginia side of the 50, Kizer had his moment.

The sophomore found a streaking Will Fuller who caught his second touchdown pass of the game. The Irish would complete a two point conversion to go up three with only seconds left.

Virginia would get the ball back, but was unable to mount a true threat before time ran out.

Notre Dame improved to 2-0 on the season with UMass next week.

Zaire done for the season

While they dodged the bullet Saturday, the rest of the Irish season is still in question. Following the game, head coach Brian Kelly told the media following the game that Zaire suffered a fractured ankle and would be done for the rest of the season.

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