Late TD rescues No. 9 Notre Dame at Virginia; QB Zaire injured

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Quarterback Malik Zaire #8 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish sits on the field after being injured against the Virginia Cavaliers in the third quarter at Scott Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won, 34-27. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Backup quarterback DeShone Kizer threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller with 12 seconds left Saturday and No. 9 Notre Dame beat Virginia in a thrilling finish, 34-27.

The Fighting Irish (2-0), who had lost the lead when Virginia scored with 1:54 remaining, won despite quarterback Malik Zaire going down with an ankle injury.

According to reports, Zaire suffered a fractured ankle and is done for the year.

Zaire was hurt in the third quarter, before Virginia (0-2) rallied to take the lead, and Kizer came to the rescue on the final drive. He ran 4 yards for a first down on fourth-and-2 from the Notre Dame 28, and later found the speedy Fuller behind Maurice Canady down the left sideline for the winning touchdown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.