Divine intervention officially put a scare in Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 16 Fighting Irish seemed poised to a two-possession lead on the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies, engaged in a goal-to-go situation from the three-yard-line. But a potential punch-in from running Jafar Armstrong went awry thanks to a different kind of punch...a punch-out from linebacker Rayshard Ashby. The loose ball brought a late Halloween haunt to the Fighting Irish.
Hokies safety Divine Deablo took the turnover 98 yards for a VT score, shocking the crowd gathered at Notre Dame stadium as they watched the first half clock run out. A breezy Saturday afternoon suddenly turned serious, as they were officially warned of a potential upset. Two possessions soon became none, as the teams went into the locker room with the score knotted at 14-apiece.
Deablo wasn't even done haunting the South Bend faithful. After Virginia Tech opened the second with a field goal and their first lead of the afternoon, he intercepted an Ian Book pass in the end zone to kill a Notre Dame scoring opportunity.