No. 8 Notre Dame survives Toledo 32-29 after wild 4Q

Published: Sep. 11, 2021 at 7:16 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jack Coan hit Michael Mayer for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 remaining for the third lead change in a wild fourth quarter and No. 8 Notre Dame held off Toledo 32-29.

The victory preserved a 25-game home winning streak for Notre Dame.

“From our perspective, right, happy about the win, but there is just -- I can’t even begin with the work that we have to do,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “Obviously it starts with just the basic premise of football. Three turnovers, one of them was a touchdown. You don’t usually survive those games and win when you do that, that’s No. 1.And No. 2, we gave up big plays on defense. We let them out of -- we got them backed up on a couple occasions and we just -- I know we haven’t turned the corner from that perspective.”

It came after Toledo had taken a 29-24 lead on freshman quarterback Dequan Finn’s 26-yard TD run with 1:35 remaining.

Finn split playing time with sophomore Carter Bradley.

Coan shared playing time with true freshman Tyler Buchner but directed the three-play, 75-yard scoring drive that allowed Notre Dame to survive.

He finished with 239 yards and two touchdowns.

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9/11/2021 7:02:56 PM (GMT -4:00)