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No. 9 Notre Dame escapes with OT victory against Florida State

Jack Coan completed 26 of 35 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns in his Notre Dame debut.
Credit: AP/Phil Sears
Notre Dame kicker Jonathan Doerer (39), right, and Notre Dame holder Jay Bramblett (19) react after making the game-winning field goal in overtime of an NCAA college football game against Florida State Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Tallahassee, Fla. Notre Dame won 41-38.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jonathan Doerer made a 41-yard field goal in overtime and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 41-38 victory after Florida State overcame an 18-point deficit Sunday night. 

Ryan Fitzgerald’s 37-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide left to begin overtime. 

Jack Coan completed 26 of 35 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns in his Notre Dame debut. Coan threw touchdown passes to Michael Mayer, Kyren Williams, Kevin Austin and Joe Wilkins.

Notre Dame led 38-20 with 4:37 to go in the third quarter. 

Florida State rallied to force overtime, with Jordan Travis connecting with Andrew Parchment on an 8-yard touchdown strike, Treshaun Ward scoring on a 2-yard run, and Fitzgerald tying it with a 43-yard field goal with 40 seconds left.

Notre Dame (1-0) plays their home opener Saturday, Sept. 11 against Toledo (1-0) at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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