September 12, 2015 - Dave Miller
Notre Dame loses QB Zaire for the season
Follow @Miller_Dave Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told the media after Saturday's thrilling 34-27 win over Virginia that quarterback Malik Zaire will miss the rest of the season with a fractured right ankle. With the transfer of Everett Golson to Florida State, Zaire assumed the starting job that will now go to DeShone Kizer, who tossed the game-winning 39-yard touchdown to Will Fuller with 12 seconds left to beat the Cavaliers after Zaire was knocked out of the game in the third quarter. Fuller has 19 scoring grabs since the start of last season (15 games). Before the injury, Zaire completed just 7 of 18 passes, but he had rushed for 87 yards on 10 carries. Meanwhile, Kizer finished 8-of-12 passing for 92 yards and a pair of scores. The Fighting Irish return home to host Georgia Tech next week, and contests against Clemson and USC loom within the next five weeks. If the Irish can navigate their tough schedule and make a run at a spot in the College Football Playoff with a redshirt freshman signal-caller, it would be one heck of a coaching job by Kelly. The good news for the Irish is that C.J. Prosise looked like a No. 1 running back again, which is huge for a team that has had its share of injuries at that position as well. Prosise gained 155 yards on 17 carries against the Hoos. Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.