What to watch: Notre Dame at Virginia Tech

Hokies expecting a sold-out crowd for second time this season

Football 10/8/2021 1:36:00 PM

BLACKSBURG – After its week of preparation, Virginia Tech football is ready for its primetime matchup with No. 14 Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday on ACC Network. 
 
The Hokies (3-1) host the Irish (4-1) for its second ever trip to Lane Stadium and fourth meeting all-time between the teams. Tech is 1-2 in the previous matchups with Notre Dame, the lone win coming in the first game in 2016 as the Hokies topped the Irish 34-31 in South Bend. 
 
Last week’s top performers:

  • The Hokies enjoyed an open date last week as Notre Dame hosted Cincinnati in South Bend in a Top 10 matchup. 
  • Although the Irish could not top the Bearcats, they did record a turnover for the fifth straight game, upping their season total to 12 takeaways on the year. 
  • Notre Dame TE Michael Mayer recorded a team-high eight receptions for 93 yards. 
  • Notre Dame QB Drew Pyne relieved starter Jack Coan and set career highs with nine completions for 143 yards. 
  • Notre Dame DL Isaiah Foskey tallied a strip sack, upping his season sack total to a team-high 5.0. 

 
What to watch for Saturday:

  • Tech is currently on a four-game home winning streak, dating back to the 33-15 win over Virginia in the 2020 season finale. The Hokies are outscoring opponents 76-24 and have racked up eight rushing TDs during that span.
  • The last time the Hokies beat AP Top 25 opponents at home in a single season was 2009 when they beat No. 19 Nebraska 16-15 and No. 9 Miami 31-7
  • Notre Dame has not lost to an unranked opponent since Virginia Tech defeated the Irish in South Bend 34-31 on Nov. 19, 2016. Notre Dame has since won 35 straight games versus unranked opponents. 
  • WR Tré Turner is just four receptions away from moving into the Top 10 on Tech’s all-time receptions list. He currently sits 11th with 110 career receptions, three behind VT Sports Hall of Fame member Ricky Scales. 
  • QB Braxton Burmeister owns a 5-0 career mark as Virginia Tech’s starter in Lane Stadium and has accounted for five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in that time. 
  • RB Raheem Blackshear is one of four active Power Five running backs to accumulate over 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in his career.

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