Late-game heroics help Sayville’s Jack Coan and Notre Dame avoid major upset to Toledo


Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan passed for the winning touchdown Saturday with 1:09 remaining in the Fighting Irish’s 32-29 win over Toldeo.

Coan’s 18-yard scoring strike to tight end Michael Mayer helped the Sayville High School graduate overcome a difficult second start under center for No. 8 Notre Dame and spared the Irish of a major upset at the hands of the unranked Rockets.

Coan was sacked six times and was swapped in and out of the game with freshman quarterback Tyler Buchner. Coan, who transferred from Wisconsin to play his final collegiate season with Notre Dame, completed 21 of 33 passes for 239 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Notre Dame’s home opener.

The winning 75-yard scoring drive took just 26 seconds and put the Irish up 30-29. The Irish then converted the two-point conversion. It came immediately after Toledo had taken a 29-24 lead.

Here’s a clip of Cone’s game-winning touchdown pass, which came moments after Notre Dame’s athletic trainer popped his dislocated finger back into place.

Here’s video of Coan having a finger on his throwing hand “popped … back in.”

Notre Dame’s next game is at home against Purdue on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 2:30 p.m.

Above photo: Twitter / @NDFootball