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Jerod Evans engineers a comeback to help Hokies top Notre Dame

Jerod Evans engineers a comeback to help Hokies top Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jerod Evans threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another in intermittent snow and 20 mph winds, Joey Slye kicked a 20-yard field goal with 4:16 left and Virginia Tech rallied back from a 17-point deficit to beat Notre Dame 34-31 Saturday.

Evans threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bucky Hodges to tie the score at 31-31 early in the fourth quarter and then led the Hokies (8-3) on a 51-yard drive for the game-winning field goal. The Hokies, who fell behind 17-0 to start the game, came back after falling behind 31-21 lead on a 67-yard touchdown run by Josh Adams.

It marked the third time this season the Irish (4-7) squandered a double-digit lead.

Virginia Tech shut down Notre Dame's passing attack in the second half. DeShone Kizer was 13 of 18 passing for 199 yards in the first half and just 3 of 13 for 36 yards in the second half. Kizer was injured in the closing seconds.

The loss clinched a losing season for the Irish, just the 14th time in 128 seasons of playing football and the first since going 3-9 in 2007. They also failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since 1960.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia Tech: The Hokies bounced back from a disappointing loss to Georgia Tech. The Hokies, who have struggled with turnovers in their three losses this season, overcame an interception and a fumble and three more fumbles that didn't lead to turnovers.

 

 

Watch a George Mason walk-on receive a full scholarship

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Watch a George Mason walk-on receive a full scholarship

There are not many videos better in this world than walk-on college athletes receiving a full-ride scholarship and their ensuing reaction. 

George Mason's men's basketball team gave everyone one of those emotional moments. Jack Tempchin, who's in his third year as a preferred walk-on for the Patriots, received the scholarship after Thursday's practice. 

His teammates reacted appropriately. 

On Twitter, the redshirt junior thanked his teammates, coaches and family who helped get him to this point. 

As a walk-on, Tempchin has only played in 16 games throughout his three years. Most of his minutes have been in garbage time of blowouts or to come in the game to pick-up a quick foul. Throughout those appearances, he's put up six points, four of them coming from the charity stripe. 

Gotta love when a player gets properly rewarded for their hard work and dedication. 

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Virginia comes back from historic upset against UMBC to win the NCAA tournament

Virginia comes back from historic upset against UMBC to win the NCAA tournament

Shock and disbelief were carved onto the faces of the Virginia Cavaliers as they walked off the court from their lone NCAA Tournament game in March 2018.

The top-seeded Cavaliers had just lost, as is the case for 67 of the 68 teams that enter the big dance. But their loss was different. Their loss was unprecedented. 

They had just entered the record books for all the wrong reasons. The 2018 Cavaliers became the first-ever No. 1 seed to be upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to a No. 16 seed. 

The greatest upset in college basketball history belongs to the UMBC Retrievers for their manhandling of Virginia that day. However, that unlikely victory – as incredible and monumental the feat was – is not what is highlighted today. 

That UMBC victory sparked what would become a great comeback year for Virginia. A year later, the Cavaliers would squash their demons and take home the national championship.

Both years were exceptionally dominant for Virginia. The former being the No. 1 overall seed of the tournament. Combined their records were 60-5 excluding their NCAA Tournament games. To produce such an incredible mark, they rode on the back of their intimidating defense to get there. In 2018 they were fifth in adjusted defense according to KenPom. That rose to first the year that they won it. 

With such a good defense, it left some holes on their offense. Sure, they held opponents to only 53 points but they did not muster much better on the other end of the court. Their offense was a problem and it cost them by scoring only 54 to UMBC. 

Nothing changed for Virginia the following season. Their identity – a slower pace, defense-first mindset that many regarded as the sole reason for their loss to UMBC – did not waiver. Head coach Tony Bennett just had them improve in every aspect of their game. 

Most importantly, though, they got all their key figures to return. DeAndre Hunter, Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome were all there to avenge the loss.

It made the celebration for the Cavaliers so much more triumphant. It was easy to feel the relief that Hunter exhaled as he chucked the basketball to the rafters as the final seconds in the national championship game ticked away. A story tale ending was complete. One that was filled with chills and narratives that the best storytellers in Hollywood could not script.