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It didn’t look promising. Tyler Buchner, who came in to replace starting quarterback Jack Coan, went down with an injury after throwing his second interception. Virginia Tech would then score a few plays later and take a 29-21 lead with 3:55 left in the game.
The momentum was clearly in the Hokies favor but that wouldn’t be for long. Coan came back into the game on fire, going 7-for-9 and 93-yard with this touchdown.
There was an encore to his heroics, not just tying the game but leading the Irish into field goal range with under two-minutes left in the game. Kicker Jonathan Doerer came in, and after a lengthy pause where Brian Kelly asked the referee’s to get a laser pointer out of the stands, come on and gave the Irish an impressive comeback victory, 32-29.