#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Virginia

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Well, that was interesting.

In one of the strangest and most thrilling Notre Dame football games of the season, Irish fans rode a roller coaster of emotions in a 34-27 victory at Virginia.

Some of it was captured in the #NDInsider Twitter Chatter with Tyler James. Any tweets using the hashtag were eligible for the postgame recap. Here's another look at the ups and downs from Saturday.

Notre Dame started the scoring with a little trickeration in the first quarter. Instead of settling for a field goal to finish their first drive, the Irish completed a fake field goal for a seven-yard touchdown. Holder DeShone Kizer faked a toss over his head and shoveled the ball forward to tight end Durham Smythe, who finished the play in the end zone. Notre Dame followed the touchdown with an odd trick play for a two-point conversion which failed.

A FAKE?!?! Who would've thought? Certainly not Virginia. #NDInsider#GoIrish

— Stephanie Hastings (@sb_hastings) September 12, 2015

2 fakes do not make a right #NDFootball#NDInsider

— John Horlander (@DrJIrish91) September 12, 2015

After Notre Dame opened up a 12-0 lead in the first quarter, Virginia charged back with two touchdowns to take a 14-12 halftime advantage. Notre Dame fans had plenty of ideas how to fix the issues.

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider showtime tell them to keep it close in the first half for better TV?

— Jeff Welty (@DubbDubbs) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI is it just me or does every sub-avg QB have their career game against ND #NDInsider

— Dave (@DucktalesDave) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI Stop being cute. #NDInsider

— Les Lukach (@LesLukach) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider Use that run thing with that CJ kid. And that pass thing with that tall Robinson kid.

— Mike (@hugeirishfan) September 12, 2015

OL needs 2 protect; feed the ball to CJ; screens; make Johns uncomfortable - send Jaylon #NDInsider

— Alec Galloway (@ATGIII) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI We need a decided schematic advantage. #NDInsider

— Jeff Herr (@jeff_herr) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI#NDinsider play calling. Stick to your horses and pound the ball in the end zone.

— Papa Bano (@Papa_Bano) September 12, 2015

All CJ, all the time. Pretty simple equation. #NDinsider

— Fresno Domer (@Fresno_Domer) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI get a defensive coordinator who can handle motion. #NDInsider#FireVanGorder

— Kellen Teel (@HartmanTeets6) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI lack of pass rush is making this UVA QB look like a Heisman Candidate might be time to blitz #NDInsider

— Ed Dwyer (@EDwye) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI Will Fuller needs to make those catches if he wants to play on Sundays. Not worried yet tho #NDInsider

— Beau Wicker (@PT_Wicker) September 12, 2015

Panic set in quickly when quarterback Malik Zaire left the game with an injury. He needed to be helped off following a three-yard run late in the third quarter. Fans would later learn Zaire's injury, a fractured right ankle, would end his season.

This isn't real life. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Hastings (@sb_hastings) September 12, 2015

#NDInsider. That's the season folks. Always the risk with his running but a risk that had to be taken. God bless #MalikZaire and good luck

— Robert Nolan (@factor71_rjn) September 12, 2015

WOW this really sucks! Ur turn now Kizer time to lead this team to the promise land #GoIrish#NDInsider

— CR33 (@Craigr_33) September 12, 2015

Kizer looks like he's gonna throw up. I think I might too. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Hastings (@sb_hastings) September 12, 2015

*throws up hands*....gotta be kidding me...#prayersupformalik#ndinsider

— CDN (@cdn515) September 12, 2015

I'm in a fog - wonder what Irish players are feeling?? #NDInsider#NotreDameFootball

— Kevin Hastings (@KevinIrishndhas) September 12, 2015

After the Irish surrendered a 26-14 lead, Notre Dame needed a game-winning drive from sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer with 1:54 left on the clock. Kizer delivered with a 39-yard bomb to wide receiver Will Fuller to win the game with 12 seconds left.

WE NEED A MEDIC WE NEED A MEDIC OMGGGG OMGGGGG #NDInsider

— Stephanie Hastings (@sb_hastings) September 12, 2015

@Will_Fuller7 is $$$$$ #NDvsUVA#NDInsider

— The Shebrews (@buzz_liteyear) September 12, 2015

Wow. Wow. Wow. Fuller! He just keeps doing it. #NDInsider

— John Groth (@jgroth13) September 12, 2015

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! #GoIrish#NDInsider

— CR33 (@Craigr_33) September 12, 2015

What tho the odds! #notredame#NDInsider#WakeUpTheEchoes#GoIrish#WeAreND

— Ronald Hyde (@marathonracer) September 12, 2015

DESHONE KIZER ladies and gentlemen lol #ndinsider...welcome young man

— CDN (@cdn515) September 12, 2015

Notre Dame fans reflected on the game one more time following the alternating despair and triumph.

@TJamesNDI just when you think you've seen it all, ND pulls another one out of the bag. Wow. #NDInsider

— Eric (@EdotD87) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI every successful season has games like this #NDInsider

— Ed Coghlan (@EdCoghlan) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI This DeShone's team now and he has my full confidence! This team is special, just like my boy @Will_Fuller7#NDInsider

— Joseph Rymasz (@GoldenDomer73) September 12, 2015

Malik Zaire has a broken ankle and IRISH football fans have a broken heart. #NDFootball#NDInsider#MalikZaire#NDvsUVA

— Dale DeLisle (@DaleDeLisle) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI I've never felt worse after a win. #NDInsider

— Dixon (@dadixon408) September 12, 2015

@TJamesNDI#NDInsider One picture to describe my thoughts pic.twitter.com/0W7Oy3HRTu

— Tha 3 God (@CMV_NYC) September 12, 2015

Notre Dame's Chase Hounshell (18) celebrates after the Fighting Irish's win over Virginia Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Charlottesville. (SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ)