Sayville’s Coan and Notre Dame crush Stanford; Irish now on the playoff brink


Notre Dame and their quarterback from Sayville put their best foot forward Saturday in a bid to make the College Football Playoffs, rolling over Stanford, 45-14, to close out their regular season.

Jack Coan completed 26 of 35 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. Along the way, the 2017 Sayville High School graduate tossed his 500th pass completion of his collegiate career.

Oh, and he also scored a touchdown, bullying his way into the end zone on a quarterback sneak.

The win, combined with results of games involving teams ranked ahead of them in the CFP rankings, should help No. 6 Notre Dame inch up at least one spot. The top four ranked teams after next weekend’s games earn spots in the playoffs that start in January.

The Irish offense was humming from the start, with Coan completing 12 of his first 14 passes and throwing for two touchdowns less than 16 minutes into the game. Coan connected with Braden Lenzy for a 16-yard touchdown strike on Notre Dame’s opening drive to put the Irish up 7-0, then found George Takacs in the end zone 30 seconds into the second quarter to give Notre Dame a 14-0 lead.

In the third quarter, Coan’s 61-yard completion to Kevin Austin Jr. put the Irish offense at Stanford’s 2-yard line. Two plays later, Coan muscled his way to pay dirt on a quarterback sneak to put Notre Dame up 31-7.

No. 2 Ohio State (10-2) fell to No. 5 Michigan (11-1), 42-27. It’s no guarantee, but the Buckeyes’ second loss could result in Notre Dame moving up to No. 5, while Michigan enters the top four. Also of note: No. 3 Alabama (11-1) needed late-game heroics and four overtime sessions to edge Auburn, 24-22.

This Saturday, Michigan plays No. 15 Iowa (10-2) in the Big Ten championship and Alabama plays No. 1 Georgia (12-0) in the SEC title game. No. 3 Cincinnati (12-0), the team that gave Notre Dame its only loss, takes on Houston (11-1) in the American Athletic Conference championship, also on Saturday.


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