Sep 11, 2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Michael Mayer (87) scores in the fourth quarter against the Toledo Rockets at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

No. 8 Notre Dame turns back Toledo upset bid with late TD pass

Jack Coan found Michael Mayer for an 18-yard touchdown with 1:09 remaining as No. 8 Notre Dame survived a wild closing stretch to edge visiting Toledo 32-29 on Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

After a scoreless third quarter, the teams combined for 31 fourth-quarter points with the Fighting Irish (2-0) barely hanging on against the upset-minded Rockets (1-1).

Toledo’s Dequan Finn scored on a 26-yard touchdown run with 1:35 to play, putting the visitors ahead 29-24. He opted not to slide at the 1, which would have given Toledo an opportunity to run out most of the clock before a last-second field goal attempt.

Coan then connected with Kevin Austin for 34 yards to ignite the decisive drive before a pair of penalties set up Coan’s game-winning pass to Mayer up the middle of the field. Wide receiver Avery Davis found Kyren Williams for the ensuing two-point conversion.

Toledo never threatened on its final drive. Rockets quarterback Carter Bradley was sacked and fumbled to effectively end the game.

Coan finished 21 of 33 for 239 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Mayer contributed seven catches for 81 yards and two scores for the Fighting Irish, who were playing in front of their home fans for the first time in nearly two years.

Bradley (17 of 27 for 213 yards), Bryant Koback (21 carries, 122 yards, TD) and Devin Maddox (nine catches, 135 yards) were among the offensive stars for Toledo.

The Fighting Irish trailed 16-14 entering the fourth quarter before Jonathan Doerer’s 48-yard field goal put them in front 2 1/2 minutes into the period.

The Rockets punted on their next drive, giving the ball back to Notre Dame near midfield. On the next play, Tyler Buchner hit a wide-open Chris Tyree down the left sideline for a 55-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

Now trailing 24-16, Toledo’s Koback took a shovel pass 8 yards to the end zone, but the two-point conversion pass failed. The Fighting Irish then squandered a chance to put away the game when Williams fumbled with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

Bradley and Isaiah Winstead hooked up for a pair of 15-yard completions on the ensuing drive before Finn sprinted to the end zone, giving the Rockets their final lead of the game.

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Sportsbooks

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Upcoming Games

Oct 28th, 7:30 PM

Troy +18 -107

Coastal Carolina (24) -18 -107

@

Oct 28th, 7:30 PM

USF +7.5 -107

East Carolina -7.5 -107

@

Oct 29th, 7:30 PM

Navy +9.5 -107

Tulsa -9.5 -107

@

Oct 29th, 10:00 PM

UNLV +20 -107

Nevada -20 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Virginia Tech +3.5 -107

Georgia Tech -3.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Texas State +20 -107

Louisiana-Lafayette -20 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Bowling Green +13.5 -107

Buffalo -13.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Massachusetts +35.5 -107

Liberty -35.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Miami-FL +12.5 -107

Pittsburgh (17) -12.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Texas +3 -110

Baylor (16) -3 -110

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Cincinnati (2) -25.5 -110

Tulane +25.5 -110

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Rutgers -1.5 -107

Illinois +1.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

UCF -11.5 -107

Temple +11.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Indiana +2.5 -107

Maryland -2.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Michigan (6) -3 -110

Michigan State (8) +3 -110

@

Oct 30th, 12:00 PM

Iowa (9) +2.5 -107

Wisconsin -2.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 2:00 PM

North Texas +1.5 -107

Rice -1.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 2:00 PM

Iowa State (22) -7.5 -107

West Virginia +7.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Missouri -16.5 -107

Vanderbilt +16.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Washington State +14.5 -107

Arizona State -14.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:00 PM

Hawaii +7.5 -107

Utah State -7.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Georgia (1) -13 -107

Florida +13 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Florida State +10.5 -107

Clemson -10.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Colorado +26.5 -107

Oregon (7) -26.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Texas Tech +20 -110

Oklahoma (4) -20 -110

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Florida International (FIU) +22.5 -107

Marshall -22.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Southern Miss +16.5 -107

Middle Tennessee -16.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

LA Tech -4.5 -107

Old Dominion +4.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

TCU +3.5 -110

Kansas State -3.5 -110

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Boston College +4 -107

Syracuse -4 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Purdue +5.5 -107

Nebraska -5.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Minnesota -7 -107

Northwestern +7 -107

@

Oct 30th, 3:30 PM

Louisiana-Monroe +24.5 -110

Appalachian State -24.5 -110

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Charlotte +19.5 -107

WKU -19.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Wyoming +3.5 -107

San Jose State -3.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 4:00 PM

Duke +15.5 -107

Wake Forest (13) -15.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 5:00 PM

Arkansas State +10 -107

South Alabama -10 -107

@

Oct 30th, 6:00 PM

UTEP +13.5 -107

Florida Atlantic -13.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 6:00 PM

Georgia State -5 -107

Georgia Southern +5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Ole Miss (10) +2.5 -110

Auburn (18) -2.5 -110

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Oregon State -1.5 -107

California +1.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Kentucky (12) -1 -110

Mississippi State +1 -110

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Kansas +30.5 -107

Oklahoma State (15) -30.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Arizona +20.5 -107

USC -20.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

SMU (19) +3 -107

Houston -3 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:00 PM

Boise State -3 -112

Colorado State +3 -112

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

Louisville +7 -107

NC State -7 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

North Carolina +6 -107

Notre Dame (11) -6 -107

@

Oct 30th, 7:30 PM

Penn State (20) +12.5 -107

Ohio State (5) -12.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 10:00 PM

UCLA +3 -110

Utah -3 -110

@

Oct 30th, 10:15 PM

Virginia +1.5 -107

BYU (25) -1.5 -107

@

Oct 30th, 10:30 PM

Washington +2 -107

Stanford -2 -107

@

Oct 30th, 10:30 PM

Fresno State +1.5 -107

San Diego State (21) -1.5 -107

@

Nov 2nd, 7:00 PM

Ball State

Akron

@

Nov 2nd, 7:30 PM

Miami-OH

Ohio

@

Nov 2nd, 7:30 PM

Eastern Michigan

Toledo

@

Nov 3rd, 7:00 PM

NIU

Kent State

@

Nov 3rd, 7:00 PM

Central Michigan

Western Michigan

@

Nov 4th, 7:30 PM

Georgia State

Louisiana-Lafayette

@