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Irish find grip, deny surging Hurricanes

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — DeShone Kizer was running to celebrate what he hoped would be the winning touchdown when he found himself in a pile of bodies trying to recover a fumble with the score tied and two minutes left.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior quarterback somehow muscled his way to the ball at the Miami 2-yard line after tight end Durham Smythe fumbled. Notre Dame kept possession, setting up Justin Yoon's 23-yard field goal with 30 seconds left to give the Fighting Irish a 30-27 victory over Miami on Saturday.

"We needed some more toughness from him, some mental toughness," coach Brian Kelly said of Kizer. "That's an indication. He was not going to be denied. He was going to find a way to get that football."

The Irish, who rallied back after squandering a 20-point lead, ended a three-game home skid. Notre Dame outgained Miami 143-2 in total yards in taking a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. It became 20-0 before special teams turned it around for Miami.

Travis Homer recovered a punt after it bounced off Notre Dame's Tony Pride Jr. and the Hurricanes scored four plays later on a 2-yard pass from Brad Kaaya to David Njoku. Miami scored on the opening possession of the second half and continued to rally.

"Everyone just let it cut loose at all positions," Kaaya said. "…We made good plays and guys finally woke up."

The Hurricanes capped the 27-0 run when Miami's Michael Jackson recovered a botched punt in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown with 6:49 left.

No. 5 Louisville 32, Va. 25: When he trotted on the field with 1:57 to play and the visiting Cardinals suddenly trailing 25-24, Lamar Jackson knew what was at stake. "Everything," he said. "Our whole season. We just knew what we had to do." The Louisville quarterback did the most, engineering a 75-yard drive and capping it by floating a perfectly placed 29-yard touchdown to Jaylen Smith with 13 seconds left. It was the fourth touchdown pass for Jackson, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner. Virginia scored with 1:57 left and went for two, converting it for a 25-24 lead.

Georgia Tech 38, Duke 35: Justin Thomas had a combined 459 yards with four touchdowns for the host Yellow Jackets. He threatened the school record of 477 total yards by former Jesuit High standout George Godsey in 2001.

BC 21, N.C. State 14: Running back Davon Jones threw a 14-yard score to Tommy Sweeney with 4:43 left as visiting Boston College earned its first conference victory since 2014.

Army 21, Wake 13: Ahmad Bradshaw scored on an 11-yard keeper with 11:45 left for the visiting Black Knights. Wake Forest failed in its bid to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2011.

Irish find grip, deny surging Hurricanes 10/29/16 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2016 9:49pm]
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