Virginia Tech football drops heartbreaker in final seconds to Notre Dame.
Virginia Tech football
The latest episode in Virginia Tech’s developing rivalry with Notre Dame featured all the twists and turns of a good thriller.
In front of a sold-out Lane Stadium crowd on Saturday night, the teams traded touchdowns in the last four minutes until No. 14 Notre Dame won 32-29 on a 48-yard field goal from kicker Jonathan Doerer with 13 seconds remaining.
“What a football game,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said somberly after the game.
Tech players who talked to the media after the game expressed their displeasure as well.
“It stings even more because we all felt we could’ve won that game and believed we should’ve won that game,” Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister said.
After being knocked out of the game for a short while at the conclusion of the third quarter with a right shoulder injury,
Burmeister went to the stage feeling the consequences of the defeat both emotionally and physically.
When he scored a 19-yard touchdown with 3:55 left in the game, he believed he had put Tech up for good. The Hokies took a 29-21 lead after a frantic third-and-15 scramble.
Burmeister was surrounded by supporters as he leaned on the end zone wall to recover his breath,
barely making it back to the sidelines before fainting in anguish.
Burmeister said, “We had a play that we had been repping all week attempting to take a shot on the left side of the field and into the end zone,
and they came out in virtually a prevent look.” “…I simply didn’t think it was a good idea to throw one up in the end zone with everyone back there,” he said.
Burmeister was pushed back into the game due to an injury to his backup, Connor Blumrick.
On the drive, Blumrick moved the offense over midfield but was sacked by Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa as he tried to scramble out of the pocket.
In the first half, Blumrick was used in a wildcat package and played a few snaps.
Fuente remarked of his quarterbacks, “They exhibited tremendous competitive spirit today.”
Notre Dame’s quarterback drama has its own hero in the form of benched starter Jack Coan.
When his substitute, Tyler Buchner, injured his ankle after throwing his second interception of the half, he was given another opportunity.
With 2:26 left in the game, Coan threw a 4-yard touchdown throw to Avery Davis and a successful 2-point conversion to Kevin Austin tied the score. On the drive,
he completed 5 of 6 passes for 58 yards. When Notre Dame received the ball back with the score tied,
he threw a pair of deep completions to put his side in field goal range.
“I’ve been in a lot of games and coached a lot of games,