Notre Dame football vs Virginia Tech live updates: scores and highlights from Saturday night

by 24USATVOct. 10, 2021, 1 a.m. 17
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The 14th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to Blacksburg, Va. Saturday night to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium.

The Irish (4-1) are looking to rebound following their first loss of the season last week to No. 5 Cincinnati, 23-14. It was the first loss at Notre Dame Stadium for the Irish since 2018's home opener against Georgia.

ND Insider beat writers @EHansenNDI, @TJamesNDI and @tnoieNDI are covering the game and will have complete postgame coverage, along with South Bend Tribune photographer @TheRobFranklin.

Meanwhile, keep it here for highlights, injury updates and more as the game develops. Please be sure to hit REFRESH.

Key play at 46-yard pass from Buchner to Kevin Austin

8:27 p.m. — The freshman Tyler Buchner is in at QB for Notre Dame

And ... has headed to the locker room

Key plays: Backup quarterback Connor Blumrick checked in on the drive's third play and promptly ran for 16 yards and a first down. On the next play, starter Braxton Burmeister returned at quarterback and found wide receiver Tre Turner for 18 yards. Four of Virginia Tech's eight plays gained at least 10 yards.

Michael Mayer, who led the Irish passing attack through the first five games with 32 catches for 360 yards and three touchdowns, did not start for the No. 14 Irish (4-1). Junior George Takacs started in the absence of Mayer, a sophomore.

► More:Tight end Michael Mayer's hip injury keeps him out of Notre Dame's starting lineup

7:45 p.m. — Coan in for his second series without leading receiver Michael Mayer

7:37 p.m. — We're underway. Notre Dame takes over at its own 25

7:17 p.m. EDT — Jack Coan to start for Notre Dame at QB

Wisconsin graduate transfer Jack Coan will remain No. 14 Notre Dame’s starting quarterback for the sixth consecutive game.

Head coach Brian Kelly refused to announce a starting quarterback ahead of the game at Virginia Tech (3-1), but Coan took the majority of the warmup reps with the starting offense in Lane Stadium prior to kickoff.

► More:Jack Coan remains Notre Dame's starting QB against Virginia Tech after week of secrecy

How to watch? If you have Comcast you might be surprised

Saturday’s prime-time matchup between No. 14 Notre Dame and the Hokies will be televised on the ACC Network, which has agreements with many services and providers, but not with Comcast/Xfinity, the major provider in both the Indiana and Virginia markets.

Here are some of your options on how to watch the game.

► Noie: One loss by Notre Dame football, and the whole world just gets weird

► Go on the road and get a big win? Notre Dame often has done that under Brian Kelly

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