GAMEDAY College Football

Notre Dame 32, Toledo 29

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

By JOHN FINERAN
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - 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 determined Toledo 32-29.

The victory preserved a 25-game home winning streak for Notre Dame (2-0, 1-0 independent) and came after Toledo (1-1, 0-1 MAC) had taken a 29-24 lead on freshman quarterback Dequan Finn's 26-yard bootleg TD run with 1:35 remaining. Finn split playing time with sophomore Carter Bradley, who threw for 213 yards.

Coan, who threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns in Notre Dame's season-opening 41-38 overtime victory at Florida State last Sunday, shared playing time with true freshman Tyler Buchner. But he directed the three-play, 75-yard scoring drive, which took just 26 seconds with the aid of two Toledo penalties.

Despite being sacked six times, intercepted once by Chris McDonald for a touchdown and fumbling the ball away on another drive, Coan threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns, both to Mayer. Buchner rushed for 68 yards on seven carries and was 3-for-3 passing for 68 yards, including a 55-yard TD pass to Chris Tyree that gave the Fighting Irish a 24-16 lead with 10:57 to play.

Toledo answered with an 8-yard TD run by Bryant Koback with 7:48 left to pull the Rockets to within two. Then, after Kyren Williams fumbled for Notre Dame, the Rockets went 73 yards to the end zone, with Finn putting his team ahead.

The Irish were their own worst enemy in the first half. The Rockets went to the locker room up 16-14 after McDonald's interception of Coan's pass intended for Mayer and his 27-yard return for a touchdown with 46 seconds remaining. Toledo's other points in the half came on three field goals by Thomas Cluckey.

Williams rushed 43 yards for a touchdown on a second-quarter drive led by Buchner to put the Irish up 14-6, then the Rockets scored the half's final 10 points. Cluckey hit a 23-yard field goal with 1:04 left in the half after Toledo stopped the Irish on a fourth-and-1 run at their own 40 and then McDonald's interception concluded the scoring.

Coan and Buchner led a 13-play drive that helped the Irish regain the lead, 17-16, on Doerer's 48-yard field goal with 12:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ToledoND
ND TD 12:45 Michael Mayer 4 yd pass from Jack Coan (Jonathan Doerer kick) 0 7
Toledo FG 10:06 Thomas Cluckey 31 yd FG 3 7
Toledo FG 4:14 Thomas Cluckey 32 yd FG 6 7
Second Quarter ToledoND
ND TD 9:21 Kyren Williams 43 yd run (Jonathan Doerer kick) 6 14
Toledo FG 1:04 Thomas Cluckey 23 yd FG 9 14
Toledo TD 0:46 Chris McDonald 27 yd interception return (Thomas Cluckey kick) 16 14
Fourth Quarter ToledoND
ND FG 12:25 Jonathan Doerer 48 yd FG 16 17
ND TD 10:57 Chris Tyree 55 yd pass from Tyler Buchner (Jonathan Doerer kick) 16 24
Toledo TD 7:48 Bryant Koback 8 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 22 24
Toledo TD 1:35 Dequan Finn 26 yd run (Thomas Cluckey kick) 29 24
ND TD 1:09 Michael Mayer 18 yd pass from Jack Coan (Kyren Williams 2pt pass from Jack Coan) 29 32
Team Stats
  Toledo Notre Dame
First downs 16 27
  Rushing 4 10
  Passing 9 13
  Penalty 3 4
3rd Down Efficiency 7-17, 41% 8-14, 57%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 31-132 39-132
Passing Yards 221 317
Return Yards 85 19
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-32-0 24-36-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 5--25 6--37
Punts 7 3
Punts-Average 45.4 49.3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties - Yards 11-99 3-27
Time of Possession 30:04 29:56
Toledo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Bradley 17 27 213 0 0
D. Finn 2 5 8 0 0
Notre Dame Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Coan 21 33 239 2 1
T. Buchner 3 3 78 1 0
Toledo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Koback 21 122 5.8 1
D. Finn 2 24 12.0 1
M. Kelly 1 4 4.0 0
J. Stuart 2 3 1.5 0
C. Bradley 5 -21 -4.2 0
Notre Dame Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Williams 16 78 4.9 1
T. Buchner 7 68 9.7 0
C. Tyree 7 12 1.7 0
J. Coan 8 -24 -3.0 0
Toledo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Maddox 9 135 15.0 0
I. Winstead 4 44 11.0 0
J. Newton 1 13 13.0 0
D. Rosi 1 9 9.0 0
B. Koback 2 8 4.0 0
B. Mitchell 1 7 7.0 0
J. Stuart 1 5 5.0 0
Notre Dame Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Mayer 7 81 11.6 2
K. Austin Jr. 4 63 15.8 0
C. Tyree 2 63 31.5 1
B. Lenzy 2 33 16.5 0
A. Davis 3 29 9.7 0
K. Williams 3 25 8.3 0
J. Wilkins Jr. 1 14 14.0 0
D. Colzie 1 7 7.0 0
L. Styles Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
Toledo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. McDonald 1 27
Notre Dame Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Toledo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Flint 7 318 45.4
Notre Dame Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bramblett 3 148 49.3
Toledo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Notre Dame Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Toledo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Mitchell 3 58 19.3
Notre Dame Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Tyree 1 19 19.0
Toledo Missed FG
Player Length
Notre Dame Missed FG
Player Length
J. Doerer 55




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