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Nov. 9, 2019

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 18 of 55 NOV. 9, 2019 19 one handoff to Armstrong from its 29-yard line failed to gain, resulting in a punt … After going three-and- out on its first four series, Virginia Tech began its fifth series from the Notre Dame 45-yard line when sophomore linebacker Bo Bauer was called for not allowing enough room for the returner to make a fair catch on the punt return … The aforementioned 15-yard face-mask penalty also aided the touchdown drive … Irish junior right tackle Robert Hainsey was injured on the second series (fractured ankle) and replaced by junior Josh Lugg the rest of the game. SECOND QUARTER: 14-14 Top Moment: With Notre Dame leading 14-7 and facing third-and- goal at the 1-yard line with less than 30 seconds remaining, a hand-off to Armstrong into the middle was stoned by Hokies linebacker Ray- shard Ashby, with his helmet dis- lodging the football into the air where safety Divine Deablo grabbed it and scampered 98 yards for a touchdown. The extra point knotted the score at 14 with nine seconds left. Standout Performance: Notre Dame's defense forced two more three-and-outs to give it six in the first half while holding the Hokies to 85 to- tal yards (47 yards rushing on 17 car- ries and 4-of-17 passing for 38 yards). Stats: Notre Dame outgained Vir- ginia Tech in first half total yardage 243-85, but the 98-yard fumble return for a touchdown by the Hokies bal- anced it out. The Irish had 20 carries for 58 yards, and Book completed 14 of 25 passes for 185 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Notes: Notre Dame took the lead with 11:45 left (14-7) after an 11-play, 77-yard march that was culminated with a four-yard scoring pass from Book to sophomore tight end Tommy Tremble … The highlights of the drive were a 13-yard scramble by

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