NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Graduate transfer quarterback Jack Coan hit Michael Mayer with an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 remaining after dislocating a finger, and No. 8 Notre Dame held off Toledo 32-29 Saturday in the home opener for the Fighting Irish.
The victory preserved a 25-game home winning streak for Notre Dame. It came in a game that featured three lead changes in a wild fourth quarter.
Toledo had taken a 29-24 lead on freshman quarterback Dequan Finn’s 26-yard TD run with 1:35 remaining before Coan led the winning drive. He tossed the scoring pass to Mayer after a trainer popped his dislocated finger back into place.
Coan finished with 239 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked six times and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown that gave the visiting Rockets a 16-14 halftime lead.
Notre Dame (2-0) hosts Purdue (2-0) Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The game will air live on WTHR Channel 13 and be available to stream on Peacock.