NCAAF Game Recap - Virginia at Notre Dame
Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Sep 28, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(18) Virginia (4-1)

7

10

0

3

20

(10) Notre Dame (3-1)

14

0

14

7

35

Sack-happy No. 10 Notre Dame beats No. 18 Virginia 35-20
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:04 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - No. 10 Notre Dame's defensive linemen had eight sacks in a 35-20 victory over No. 18 Virginia on Saturday. And Julian Okwara thinks they can to do more.

"We're excited about the win, but we still have work to do," said the defensive end, who had three of Notre Dame's eight sacks and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. "I think we just had to hone in on what coach told us to do and just do our job."

Notre Dame (3-1), coming off a 23-17 loss at No. 3 Georgia, trailed 17-14 at the break and then had the Cavaliers (4-1) complete a successful onside kick to open the second half. The Notre Dame defense held, setting the tone for the second half with five of its eight sacks in the third quarter.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who challenged his team and coaches after the loss to the Bulldogs, liked what he saw.

"They were exactly what I wanted them to be - they were determined, they were persistent," Kelly said. "We were determined to play physical in the second half. We got a big-play defense. If we can make more plays on offense, this could be a special group."

Reserve defensive end Jamir Jones started the Irish defensive onslaught in the third quarter when he sacked and stripped Virginia's Bryce Perkins of the football and defensive tackle Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa recovered it in midair before rumbling 48 yards to the Virginia 7.

"That's a d-linemen's dream right there," said the 285-pound Tagovailoa-Amosa who was tracked down by Perkins 7 yards short of the end zone. "I've got to finish the dream and get in the end zone."

Tony Jones, who had three touchdowns and a season-high 131 yards on 18 carries, scored two plays later from the 2 to give the Irish a 21-17. They never trailed again.

Later in the quarter, Okwara, who finished with two forced fumbles and fumble recovery, stripped the ball from Perkins and defensive end Adetokunbo Ogundeji recovered and ran 23 yards to put the Irish up 28-17.

"When you can pressure the quarterback with four and still play coverage, there is relatively no risk and that's what they were able to do," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said.

Virginia scored first as Perkins, who completed 30 of 43 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, threw a 6-yard TD pass to Joe Reed. But the Irish answered with the next two touchdowns, a 5-yard run by Jones and an 11-yard run by C'Bo Flemister. The second TD came after Okwara stripped and recovered the football after a sack of Perkins near midfield.

Thanks to the sacks, Notre Dame held Virginia to 4 yards rushing. Notre Dame, which outgained Virginia 343 yards to 338, got 165 yards on 17-of-25 passing by Ian Book.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Perkins was spectacular in the first half, with help from Reed, who finished with eight of his career-high nine receptions in the first 30 minutes. Perkins completed 18 of 22 passes (82 percent) for 235 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He was just 12 of 21 for 99 in the second half with two interceptions as the Irish defensive front dominated.

"I just wasn't aware of the guys coming off the edges so maybe I needed to deepen my drop or feel the pressure more," Perkins said.

Notre Dame: Virginia came into the game ranking No. 1 with its 20 quarterback sacks and Notre Dame was 108th with four sacks total, none by their defensive ends. The Irish had eight sacks, 6 1/2 by its defensive ends. Khalid Kareem had 2 1/2 and Jones one.

"We understand the D-line is the tip of the spear," Kareem said. "Everything starts with us."

TURNOVER TALK

The Fighting Irish, who entered the game with eight turnovers, picked up three more against the Cavaliers and now have five interceptions and six fumble recoveries.

"Ultimately four turnovers in the second half, when you're playing a strong team on the road, that's almost in every case insurmountable," Mendenhall said.

Notre Dame did fumble the ball once as punt returner Chris Finke muffed one in the third quarter. Irish running backs have now gone 1,091 carries without losing a fumble dating back to Nov. 21, 2015.

900 WINS ... AGAIN

Notre Dame reached the 900-win plateau for the second time with its victory. The Irish, who were stripped of 21 victories from the 2012 and 2013 seasons for academic misconduct, beat Miami of Ohio 52-17 for what they thought was their 900th while appealing the initial NCAA verdict that later was not reversed. With this 900th victory, Notre Dame is one of eight schools at the plateau, led by Michigan's 957.

DROUGHTS CONTINUE

Virginia and the Atlantic Coast Conference continued winless strings with the loss in South Bend, which received more than three inches of rain Friday and Saturday. The Cavaliers' skid of never beating a Top 10 team on the road moved to 0-27. Meanwhile, the loss made the ACC 0-for-21 playing a ranked Irish team in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish won their 13th straight game at home.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Virginia: The Cavaliers, ranked No. 18 coming in, likely will drop after their first loss of the season.

Notre Dame: The Irish, who fell three spots to No. 10 following their loss at Georgia, should stay about there after a solid defensive effort.

UP NEXT

Virginia: The Cavaliers return to ACC Coastal play Friday, Oct. 11 at Miami.

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish entertain Bowling Green Saturday.

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Passing

UVA Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Perkins 43 30 69.8 2 334 43 2 88.7
ND Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
I. Book 25 17 68.0 0 165 37 0 86.3

Rushing

UVA Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
W. Taulapapa 10 31 3.1 10 0
J. Reed 1 3 3.0 3 0
ND Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Jones Jr. 18 131 7.3 30 3
C. Flemister 6 27 4.5 11 1

Receiving

UVA Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Dubois 9 143 15.9 39 1
J. Reed 9 107 11.9 43 1
ND Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Kmet 4 65 16.3 37 0
C. Finke 2 32 16.0 28 0

Fumbles

UVA F FL
W. Taulapapa 1 0
B. Perkins 3 3
ND F FL
C. Finke 1 1

Returning

UVA KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Reed 2 19.5 0 25 0 - 0 0
B. Kemp IV 0 - 0 0 2 8.5 0 9
ND KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
L. Keys III 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
C. Finke 0 - 0 0 1 1.0 0 1

Punting

UVA Punt Yds Avg LgPu
N. Griffin 4 162 40.5 51
ND Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Bramblett 6 234 39.0 44

Takeaways

ND Int Yds InTD
J. Okwara 0 0 0
A. Ogundeji 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

UVA ND
Points For 20 35
Total Yards 338 322
Rushing Yards 4 157
Passing Yards 334 165
Passing Completions / Attempts 30/43 17/25
Turnovers 5 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 4/3 1/1
First Downs 19 19
Penalties - Yards 6/52 9/50
Time Of Possession 32:32 28:28
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/14 6/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 4/40 6/39

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UVA ND
UVA 4:02 TD Joe Reed 6 yd pass from Bryce Perkins (Brian Delaney kick) 7 0
ND 10:25 TD Tony Jones Jr. 5 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 7 7
ND 14:42 TD C'Borius Flemister 11 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 7 14
2nd Quarter UVA ND
UVA 6:53 FG Brian Delaney 32 yd FG 10 14
UVA 14:17 TD Hasise Dubois 16 yd pass from Bryce Perkins (Brian Delaney kick) 17 14
3rd Quarter UVA ND
ND 5:40 TD Tony Jones Jr. 2 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 17 21
ND 13:19 TD Adetokunbo Ogundeji 23 yd fumble return (Jonathan Doerer kick) 17 28
4th Quarter UVA ND
ND 4:32 TD Tony Jones Jr. 30 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 17 35
UVA 8:32 FG Brian Delaney 27 yd FG 20 35

Game Information

Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana
Attendance: 77,622
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