Virginia leads Notre Dame 17-14 at halftime

Tanya Simon
September 29, 2019

Then Notre Dame Stadium announcer Mike Collins introduced the senior defensive end, who'd run back a 23-yard fumble for the touchdown that put away the Cavaliers, with enough pomp and circumstance that Ogundeji's bemused and confused reaction would have turned into a gif if caught on video.

"Turnovers changes games. Certainly with five on the day, I think we would say, go Notre Dame, you turn it over five times, you'll win". Virginia is 4-0 heading into Saturday's contest with notable wins over Pitt and Florida State.

The No. 18 Virginia came out of the first half feeling confident with a lead against No. 10 Notre Dame.

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Given the remainder of the schedule, Notre Dame desperately needed a victory Saturday night - frankly, more than Georgia did - to bolster its postseason resume.

Virginia made it 35-20 on a 27-yard field goal on the next drive, but freshman safety Kyle Hamilton recorded his second career interception on the next Cavalier possession to effectively seal the game for the Irish.

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Notre Dame's offense didn't manage a single first down in the third quarter, yet still scored two touchdowns thanks to its defense.

Saturday's game in South Bend was a bit of a Dickensian affair, as it was a tale of two halves. Perkins is a good passer, but he is especially good at getting the ball out of his hands quickly and letting his receivers go to work.

This will make you cry reading it, if you're a Virginia fan. If we had executed better in those areas, we would have had a chance to win the game. With three minutes remaining, Okwara again reached Perkins for his third sack of the day while also popping loose his second forced fumble. The Notre Dame defense held, setting the tone for the second half. They got two strip-sacks, one which set up the offense inside the 5-yard line and another returned for a score. The Irish were whistled for pass interference on a third-and-eight from the 31-yard line, and Perkins found Dubois again, this time for six, in the corner of the end zone with 43 ticks showing.

But, not without better play, much better play, from the offensive line.

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