John Heisler | October 9, 2018
By midnight Saturday, media covering the Notre Dame-Virginia Tech football game found themselves searching far back into the football archives of both schools.
When was the last time the Irish defeated a ranked opponent by that margin? It was USC in 1966 (51-0).
When was the last time the Hokies gave up that many points at home? It was 1974 to Houston (49-12).
That's the sort of night it was in Blacksburg as Notre Dame handled the humidity, the Hokies and the noise.
Here's what the Irish learned in Notre Dame's first football visit to the Virginia Tech campus:
1. Okay, so he's human. Events from the previous two Saturdays might had suggested Ian Book might never make an error--after he produced nine touchdowns versus Wake Forest and Stanford combined without a turnover. That wasn't the case at Virginia Tech. He threw one interception, was sacked twice and overthrew a few Irish receivers. But Notre Dame still won big, and Book completed 25 of his 35 throws for 271 yards and a pair of TDs. In Book's three starts the Irish have averaged 46 points per game and won those three games by an average of 24 points. He now ranks 13th nationally in passing efficiency.
2. Maybe not an accident. Remember the Notre Dame Citrus Bowl win over LSU when Ian Book and Miles Boykin hooked up for the winning TD pass? At the time, when both were reserves, they seemed like an unlikely pairing. Now, not so much. Boykin has caught 19 combined passes the last two weekends. No Irish player has done better than that since Michael Floyd in 2011 began the season with 25 (12 versus USF and then 13 at Michigan). It's obvious the Irish are finding matchups they like and taking advantage of them in a big way.
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