Sayville’s Coan has Notre Dame marching up in the College Football Playoff rankings


Since stepping onto the field late in the fourth quarter three weeks ago and playing hero in Notre Dame’s comeback win on the road over Virginia Tech, Jack Coan has been absolute fire.

The Sayville football alum’s storybook season with the Irish continued unabated Saturday afternoon in South Bend as Coan and No. 10 Notre Dame (8-1) took care of business against Navy.

Coan completed 23 of 29 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown against the Midshipmen, as the Irish ran away with a 34-6 win.

Including his fourth quarter step-up in the Irish’s 32-29 win over Virginia Tech Oct. 9, Coan has since completed a whopping 73 percent of his passes for 764 yards and four touchdowns.

Most amazing during this four-game stretch is that Coan, a graduate transfer from Wisconsin, has thrown just one interception in 90 pass attempts — it came during Notre Dame’s 31-16 win over USC two weeks ago.

Here’s Coan’s 70-yard touchdown strike from the first half of today’s home victory over Navy.

Notre Dame entered its game against Navy needing to pass six teams in the College Football Playoff rankings to qualify for the playoffs. Two teams ahead of them — Michigan State and Wake Forest — suffered upset losses. So the Irish stand to at least inch up a bit in the standings, with still four weeks remaining in the regular season. The four top-ranked teams make the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Coan, whose alma mater Sayville took care of its own business on Friday night by crushing Harborfields in the first round of Suffolk’s Division III playoffs, looks to continue racking up more magical moments during his one season with Notre Dame.

The Irish take their four-game wining streak to Charlottesville, Va., this Saturday, Nov. 13, to take on Virginia (6-3). The Cavaliers had a bye week this weekend and are coming off a 66-49 loss to BYU on Oct. 30.

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