Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire out for season with broken ankle

Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken right ankle Saturday against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

The sophomore was injured late in the third quarter when a defender fell on his right ankle during a 3-yard run by Zaire.

Zaire was helped off the field and then taken to the locker room on a cart for X-rays. Coach Brian Kelly revealed the diagnosis after the Irish rallied to win 34-27.

“Our kids are happy and they’re celebrating the win, but they lost a kid they feel really strongly about,” Kelly said. “The coaches are probably feeling it more. I am, in particular, because I’m so close to him. I feel bad for him.”

Zaire completed 7 of 18 attempts for 115 yards and a 59-yard touchdown. He also rushed for 87 yards.

Sophomore Deshone Kizer replaced Zaire and tossed a 39-yard touchdown to wide receiver Will Fuller, capping off a game-winning drive to lift No. 9 Notre Dame over Virginia 34-27 Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium.

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