#NDInsider Twitter Chatter: Notre Dame-Virginia Tech


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Twitter can be a fun (or depressing) and brutally honest (or unreasonable) place during Notre Dame football games. That's why we open up this space for the #NDInsider Twitter Chatter following games.

During the game, readers are encouraged to send their thoughts and observations with the #NDInsider hashtag to be considered for our postgame fan recap. They joined us with their 280-character takes during the game.

While I was attending a friend's wedding on Saturday night, Eric Hansen stepped in to conduct this social media symphony. As had been the talk all week, the atmosphere at Lane Stadium appeared electric. But it didn't take the Irish long to settle in and quiet the Virginia Tech crowd. Running back Dexter Williams capped a 75-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to give Notre Dame an early 7-0 lead.

With @TJamesNDI catching a bouquet at a wedding somewhere tonight, I'll be hosting our Twitter chatter submissions. Be clean, clever and concise. And use the #NDInsider hashtag.

— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) October 6, 2018

Sleep with one eye open. Holding your pillow tight. #NDInsider

— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) October 7, 2018

YASSSS! Early lead for the Irish. Great drive. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 7, 2018

That was a great way to quiet the crowd #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) October 7, 2018

THAT folks is how you shut up a hostile crowd! Just keep matriculating the ball down the field boys! #GoIrish#NDInsider#BeatHokies#NDvsVT#NotreDame

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) October 7, 2018

And just like that, marched the ball right down the field. Lane stadium quieted a bit. Irish just need to take care of their own and get it done.

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 7, 2018

#NDInsider that’s how you quiet a crowd!

— Ross Lockhart (@sarge103) October 7, 2018

Doesn’t seem quite so loud anymore.#NotreDameFootball#NDInsider

— Jamie Franklin (@jsfranklin1994) October 7, 2018

Both teams traded field goals in the remaining time left in the first quarter. Virginia Tech cut Notre Dame's lead to 10-9 with two more field goals in the second quarter as the Irish offense sputtered.

A poor snap by John Shannon on a punt attempt aided the first Virginia Tech field goal of the second quarter. The second field goal of the quarter for Brian Johnson followed quarterback Ian Book's first interception of the season.

Then Notre Dame's defense gave the Irish a spark. Defensive end Khalid Kareem forced Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis to fumble and cornerback Julian Love (who else?) picked up the loose ball and returned it for a touchdown.

Remember folks....Jesus is a carpenter, not a center.

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) October 7, 2018

@TJamesNDI I never disliked VaTech until I saw they aligned themselves with the band that got me kicked of Napster. Screw them. Geaux Irish. #NDInsider

— Pat, from Texas (@elbigpadre) October 7, 2018

That's what we need! Scoop and score baby! #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) October 7, 2018

ARE YOU KIDDING MEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Dmxjskdnfrkanfasdfghlloe #GoIrish#BEATHOKIES#NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 7, 2018

HUGE SCOOP AND SCORE FROM THE DEFENSE. Needed that badly to take back the momentum. Irish O out of sync. Irish D winning this game right now. #NDInsider

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 7, 2018

Khalid Kareem absolutely WORKED that left tackle. Gheeze. #NDInsider

— Everybody Hates Shy (@shyholder) October 7, 2018

Does Kirk Herbstreit realize that Daelin Hayes is in South Bend tonight? He has mentioned half a dozen times tonight. #NDvsVATech#NDInsider#NotreDame

— Donald Mascola (@ndcar) October 7, 2018

Rumor is #NotreDameFootball could have afforded another scholarship if only Kareem would go a little easier on the eye black. #GoIrish#NDInsider#BeatHokies#NDvsVT

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) October 7, 2018

The D-Line is awesome. So many good ones! #NDInsider P.S. @TJamesNDI will fair catch the bouquet.

— Matt Pusatere (@MrPus4) October 7, 2018

Virginia Tech answered with a three-yard touchdown pass from Willis to wide receiver Damon Hazelton just before the half. An uneven first half ended with Notre Dame holding on by the slimmest of margins: 17-16.

Take two: Big loss For Irish of DE Julian Okwara to targeting, with Daelin Hayes already out for this game with injury. ... Notre Dame leads at half, 17-16. Va Tech coach Justin Fuente is 20-0 when leading at half, 2-9 when trailing or tied. #NDInsider

— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) October 7, 2018

#NDInsider this game smells of Pitt 2013

— Adam Schlutt (@bigmaac24) October 7, 2018

This lead by 1 feels a lot like losing. I hope Kelly gets these boys motivated for the second half. #NDInsider

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 7, 2018

I get the gameplan of wanting to attack VaTech's young and inexperienced secondary, but you can't abandon the run game, they need to run the football in the 2md half, especially with VT dropping 8 into coverage, should be room to run it#GoIrish#NDvsVT#NDInsider#BeatHokies

— Section 312 Sports (@sect312sports) October 7, 2018

Notre Dame ended the first half with negative-three rushing yards. That changed quickly in the third quarter when Williams ripped off a 97-yard touchdown run on the second offensive play for the Irish.

Wide receiver Miles Boykin gave Notre Dame a little more breathing room with a 40-yard touchdown catch from a scrambling Book. Notre Dame led 38-16 heading into the fourth quarter.

Dexter BOOM Williams #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) October 7, 2018


— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 7, 2018


— John Casper Jr. (@johncasperjr) October 7, 2018


— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 7, 2018

Somewhere there’s a #NotreDame fan complaining it would have been nice to take some time off the clock on that drive. #GoIrish#BeatHokies#NDvsVT#NDInsider

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) October 7, 2018

She understands!!! Daddy girl through and through....

— bkelley (@bkelleyjr12) October 7, 2018

Megadeth - Crush 'Em via @YouTube#NDInsider#NDvsVT#NotreDame#GoIrish

— Joel DeLorge (@JoelDeLorge) October 7, 2018

The usual suspects closed out the game for a Notre Dame victory. Boykin caught another touchdown pass, Williams scored on another touchdown run and Love intercepted a Willis pass to help the Irish put together a statement victory.

Kicker Justin Yoon made a little history of his own by breaking Allen Pinkett's Notre Dame career scoring record (320) with his 321st and 322nd points.

BOOK IT. Ian to Boykin, ND pushing it to a 3TD lead. Keep it rolling. SHOW THEM WHO WE ARE!!!

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 7, 2018


Lane Stadium from Enter Sandman to Fade to black and #NotreDame mission :Seek and Destroy #NDInsider

— Olivier Daoust (@OliDaoust) October 7, 2018

YOOOOOOOOOOOON! Congrats on the record! #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) October 7, 2018

“Yeah, that long run certainly skews that average” Dexter scores on the very next play. #NDInsider#NDvsVT#GoIrish#NotreDame

— Joel DeLorge (@JoelDeLorge) October 7, 2018

Dexter Williams confirmed....Hokie tastes like chicken. #GoIrish#NotreDame#BeatHokies#NDvsVT#NDInsider

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) October 7, 2018

Breaking news! Breaking news! Julian Love is good at football! #NDInsider

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) October 7, 2018

Julian Love just stole that stupid #VirginiaTech lunchbox and is crushing the sammich that was in it. #NDInsider#GoIrish#BeatHokies#NDvsVT#NotreDame

— Chris Buckley (@Toefer15) October 7, 2018

For the third straight week, Irish fans were able to celebrate a runaway victory. Notre Dame exited Lane Stadium with a 45-23 win.

#ndinsider ND weight room more raucous environment than VT stadium

— Vito (@VitoSpata4ND) October 7, 2018

Definitely nervous at half, but this team is the real deal. Wouldn’t have guessed the second half could be that good. Awesome win!!! #NDInsider#GoIrish#NDvsVATech

— Stephanie Winters (@stephie_winters) October 7, 2018

Talk is cheap, but prophesy???? Whole different story. #NDInsider

— Sam Kaczmarek (@szk215) October 7, 2018

@NDFootball takes care of business on the road. Ian can clean up some of the deep throws. Dex changed the game with the 97yd house call. Book and Boykin are a force. Defense won on most series. Love with some big plays to swing momentum. Irish eyes smiling tonight. #NDInsider ☘️

— Nick Gonzalez (@nickg1421) October 7, 2018

— Tom BOO!ster (@tjsdomer2) October 7, 2018

— Brad Strong (@dbstrong7) October 7, 2018

A play from under center on 4th and 1, a scoop and score, a 97 yard run for TD, an entire half before a reference to "Beamer Ball", a win! What else could you ask for?! #NDInsider

— Drew Veal (@DrewVeal) October 7, 2018

Would offer this win showed team's maturity & resilience

Things to clean up but lots to build on going forward. One rep at a time #NDInsider

— Patrick McMahon (@pkmcmahon89) October 7, 2018

#NDInsider Herbie & Fowler have had better days. Neither could pronounce ND’s DL names correctly. Fowler really struggled w/ missed down/distance & calling the wrong players on plays. Nice guys but, they were not good tonight IMO.

— Ryan (@irishdodger) October 7, 2018

#NDInsider no caption necessary

— Dustin Kiefer (@DKiefer81) October 7, 2018

Notre Dame honestly looks different this year. They actually seem to get stronger as the game goes on. Absolutely love the physical and mental toughness of this team!!! Go Irish!! ☘️#NDInsider#NDvsVT

— Kevin Roorbach (@Smack4ND) October 7, 2018

The Irish offense will go as Dexter Williams goes. The team is rooting for this guy and elevating on his successes. #NDInsider

— Molly Moore (@MollyMo32) October 7, 2018

#NDInsider great to see them struggle, adjust and pull away. A game like this will help book later, he missed a lot of open guys., threw his 1st pick and didn’t panic.

— AM (@NDIrish0824) October 7, 2018

Happy with a 22 point win after a very average to bad 1st half and a somewhat off night for Book. Always good to get a road win in a hostile environment. #NDInsider

— Sean LaFontaine (@LaFontaine12) October 7, 2018

— Caleb Hanson (@hansoncaleb) October 7, 2018

73-20 in the 2nd half with Book makes up for all his missed deep balls.

Also surprising with all the long throws going incomplete that he still completed over 70% #NDInsider

— Zap Rowsdower (@TheTripeCo) October 7, 2018

Comprehensive beatdown! Irish! #ndinsider#beentoolong

— yo murphy (@rofeal1) October 7, 2018

#NDInsider our D did that without hayes - okwara - myron

— NatureBoy4Life (@WooooRicFlair) October 7, 2018


For maybe the first time ever, ND made the halftime adjustments needed to dominate on the road. I give BK and staff credit bc I was cursing them all at halftime!

— Robert Nolan (@factor71_rjn) October 7, 2018

Notre Dame fans cheer on the Irish during the Notre Dame-Virginia Tech game on Saturday, October 6, 2018, in Blacksburg, Va.