Notre Dame: The No. 10 Fighting Irish rallied from a halftime deficit to beat No. 18 Virginia, 35-20. Through three quarters Notre Dame's defensive front essentially set up 21 of the team's 28 points.
The Irish were much more competitive in a 23-17 loss to the No. 3 Bulldogs (4-0).
Bryce Perkins went 30-of-43 passing for 334 yards and two touchdowns in defeat for the Cavaliers.
Starting QB Ian Book had a solid night, going 29-of-47 for 275 yards with two interceptions. The Fighting Irish were utterly unprepared for the onside kick, which Virginia easily recovered. Taking Notre Dame -12.5 against an unbeaten Virginia team after the war in Athens isn't the safest bet.
"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. As impressive as the signal-caller was though, his supporting cast was even better at getting into space and making MSU pay with big plays or trips to the end zone. But none of those teams carry as much cachet as the Bulldogs - especially after MI, thought to be the best of the bunch, was blown out 35-14 at Wisconsin and tumbled nine spots in the latest Associated Press rankings.
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.
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.
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No. 10 Notre Dame is now on the outside looking in of the College Football Playoff.
Virginia's offensive line struggled to block for Perkins throughout the game.
In the first half, the Cavaliers more or less dominated the game.
Without Hayes, Notre Dame will rely more on defensive ends Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara. As a team, the Cavaliers averaged an anemic 0.1 yards per carry.
The Cavaliers now have a bye week before traveling to face Miami Friday, Oct. 11, at Hard Rock Stadium.
The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.