Adjustments Key In Virginia Tech’s Win Over Notre Dame

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Woody Baron, Bud Foster, Ken Ekanem
Woody Baron and Ken Ekanem played very well against Notre Dame, and Bud Foster made key defensive adjustments at halftime. (All photos by Ivan Morozov)

North Carolina fans will tell you that games played in nasty elements don’t count, but I say we go ahead and count yesterday’s game in the victory column.  The most amazing thing about Virginia Tech’s win in South Bend was that the Hokies basically lost the game twice, yet still managed to dig deep and walk away from Notre Dame Stadium with the score in their favor.

In the first quarter, the Hokies couldn’t hold onto the ball offensively.  Defensively, their zone defense might as well have stayed in Blacksburg.  DeShone Kizer and the Notre Dame offense sliced it and diced it on their way to a 17-0 lead.  What chance did the Hokies have of coming back at that point?  Very little.  But they did.

After the Hokies rallied to cut the Notre Dame lead to 24-21, Jerod Evans found slot receiver Cam Phillips on a deep post that would have been a walk-in touchdown.  It was the exact same play that Phillips scored on against East Carolina, and it would have given Tech the lead and all the momentum.  Instead, Phillips played volleyball and tipped it to a Notre Dame defensive back, and a few plays later the Irish scored