Somehow, someway No. 8 Notre Dame survived a scare from Toledo on Saturday afternoon thanks to Jack Coan’s heroics.
Your average college football fan didn’t watch the Fighting Irish’s game on Saturday because of its limited viewing options. But fans started taking notice of a potential upset late in the fourth quarter when Toledo found itself with the ball with just a few minutes left.
Toledo quarterback Dequan Finn scored on a quarterback keeper to give Toledo the lead with a bit over a minute left. The Rockets left a bit too much time on the clock, though. Like he did last week against Florida State, Coan stepped in to save the day.
The Notre Dame quarterback hit his tight end for a touchdown with just over a minute left. It wound up being the go-ahead score.
NOTRE DAME TAKES THE LEAD LATE VS. TOLEDO 😨
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 11, 2021
As the old saying goes, a win’s a win. Notre Dame survived and is now 2-0. That’s all that matters. Most fans didn’t see it the same way, though.
Not only did the Fighting Irish almost lost to Toledo, they didn’t have a big audience.
Bold marketing strategy from Notre Dame, trailing Toledo at halftime and baiting millions of Americans to sign up for Peacock to hate-watch …
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) September 11, 2021
Bigger problem for Notre Dame fans this week: Peacock or Toledo?
— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) September 11, 2021
The good news is Jack Coan got plenty of recognition for his play.
The Notre Dame quarterback dislocated his finger during his game-winning drive. He sprinted over to the sideline, got his finger put back in place and wound up throwing the go-ahead score.
Talk about effort.
Jack Coan popped his finger back in and then threw the game winning TD
FOOTBALL GUY pic.twitter.com/WnNYtcRtBv
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 11, 2021
Notre Dame QB Jack Coan dislocated his finger on that last TD drive, made the trainer put it back, and then ran it down Toledo’s throat.
— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) September 11, 2021
Jack Coan dislocated his finger, got it popped back on the field, and then immediately threw the game winning 18 yd touchdown pic.twitter.com/7zow0Lta1h
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 11, 2021
Notre Dame will celebrate Saturday’s win, but the Fighting Irish have plenty to correct ahead of next week’s showdown versus Purdue.