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Quarterback DeShone Kizer came in for the injured Malik Zaire and threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller with 12 seconds left.
Notre Dame & Virginia kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on ABC.
Quotes from the coaches and players after the Texas game
Malik Zaire passed for 313 yards in his first home start, and No. 11 Notre Dame held Texas to 163 yards of total offense.
DeShone Kizer threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller with 12 seconds left and Notre Dame beat Virginia in a thrilling finish, 34-27.
The Irish took down the Longhorns on Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium.
Notre Dame vs. LSU- Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
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MALIK ZAIRE'S HONORS & AWARDS
Franklin Mortgage Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player (2014)
MALIK ZAIRE'S CAREER HIGHS
Points scored: 6, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Touchdowns: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Rush attempts: 22, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Rush yards: 96, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (22 carries)
Rush TDs: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014; at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Long rush: 56, Rice, Aug. 30, 2014
Pass attempts: 20, at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Pass completions: 12, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Pass yards: 170, at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Pass TDs: 1, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
Long pass: 49, at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
Total offense attempts: 37, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (22r, 15p)
Total offense yards: 192, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014 (96r, 96p)
All-purpose yards: 96, vs. LSU, Dec. 30, 2014
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014): Played in seven of the 13 games ... registered his first career start in the 31 28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30) ... earned Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player honors ... took over holding duties on field goals and PATs vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... completed 21 of 35 passes for 266 yards and one TD on the season .. added 187 yards rushing on 33 carries, including a pair of TD runs and a 56-yard scamper ... one of 20 Irish players who made his career debut in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) ... on first career snap recorded a 56-yard run ... longest rush by a Notre Dame quarterback since Oct. 8, 2011, when Andrew Hendrix had a 78 yard rush against Air Force ... added a couple carries for nine yards in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) ... played the final minute of the loss at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) ... had a six-yard carry against the Sun Devils ... executed holds on four PATs and two field-goal attempts, against the Wildcats ... held for three field-goal attempts and a pair of PAT tries against Louisville (Nov. 22) ... saw the most extensive playing time of his career at USC (Nov. 29), leading the Irish on five drives in relief of Everett Golson ... led the Irish on a pair of touchdown drives ... completed nine of 20 passes for 170 yards, including a 49-yard pass play with junior WR Chris Brown ... also ran for 18 yards on six carries, including a long run of 14 yards and an 11-yard TD rush ... completed 12 of 15 passes for 96 yards and one TD vs. LSU (Dec. 30) ... also ran for 96 yards and one TD on 22 carries ... established or equaled single-game highs for points scored, TDs, rushes, rush yards, rush TDs, completions, pass TDs, total offense attempts, total offense yards and all-purpose yards.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Did not see game action for the Irish.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked 194th player nationally on ESPN 300 list ... rated 122nd on Rivals 250 list ... listed 189th nationally on ESPN 300 ... ranked third on Rivals.com list of dual-threat quarterbacks ... ranked 172nd overall and 14th among quarterbacks on Scout 300 by Scout.com ... lefthander earned 2012 Associated Press Ohio Division III Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year accolades with 1,990 yards passing, 1,120 yards on the ground and 33 total TDs (24 passing TDs and nine rushing TDs) for Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio ... threw five TD passes and for 251 yards in 2012 seasonopening win over Kettering Fairmont while running for another 171 yards and another TD ... first-team quarterback in 2012 on AP Ohio Southwest All-District Division III team ... led Alter to 10-0 regular-season record as a junior in 2011 before losing in first round of playoffs ... completed 36 of 82 throws for 729 yards and five TDs and also rushed for 1,093 yards and 15 TDs in 2011 as a junior ... took part in Elite 11 quarterback competition in Redondo Beach, California, in summer of 2012 ... selected for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and completed two of five passes for 12 yards and rushed nine times for 20 yards for East squad ... enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2013 ... played for coach Ed Domsitz ... son of Imani Zaire and Stacy Carter ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television and theatre.
Zaire's Career Statistics