Chicago — Chris Tylie returns a 96-yard kick-off for a touchdown, Drew Pine throws a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to rescue injured Jack Coan, and No. 1 on Saturday at Soldier Field. 12 Notre Dame defeated No. 18 Wisconsin 41-13. ..
Brian Kelly became the strongest coach in Notre Dame’s history, winning 105th and surpassing Knut Rockney in his 12th season with Ireland (4-0).
Graham Meltz threw four passcuts at Wisconsin (1-2), two of which were returned for touchdown at the final 2:30 and blew the game away.
Wisconsin transfer Coan clearly suffered a left leg injury in the third quarter and the match ended in a 10 draw.
Pine lost his fumble on his second possession, leading to the Badgers field goal, but otherwise the redshirt freshmen were solid, 6-8 at 81 yards.
Coan was the starter of the 2019 team who played 22 games in Wisconsin over three seasons and reached the Big Ten Championship Game. He broke his leg in preparation for the shortened Big Ten season last year, and Meltz claimed his first job.
Meltz, a highly rated new employee in 2019, had some ups and downs in 2020, but Coan saw where things were heading and transferred to Notre Dame.
The Irish needed an experienced quarterback as they replaced the Ian Book, and Coan turned out to be a solid fit.
Playing behind an aggressive line with four left tackles so far this season, Coan has completed 15 out of 29 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. He was fired five times.
In the middle of the third quarter, he supported his left foot and dragged him off the field to the injured tent and changing room.
Pine was blinded by Rodas Johnson in his groping. Jack Sanborn regains the Wisconsin ball at Notre Dame 39.
Badgers stalled in the red zone, and Collin Rash kicked a 27-yard field goal to raise Wisconsin to 13-10, leaving 14:14 in the fourth quarter.
The lead lasted 13 seconds. Tylie kicked off at 4, found a seam on the left and turned on speed. Second graders outperformed badgers with a touchdown that raised the Irish to 17-13.
Notre Dame got a strip sack by Jason Ademirora in his next possession of Wisconsin, and Isaia Foskey recovered with a badger 46.
The Irish got capital behind Pine. Pine completed four straight passes, including a 16-yard slope to Kevin Austin for a touchdown, leaving 9:34 for 24-13.
Pine celebrated his first career touchdown pass with Conor McGregor-style struts, and he also pumped his fist.
Notre Dame: Freshman Tosh Baker started with the tackle on the left, struggled hard, and sometimes gave way to another freshman, Joe Alto. Ireland’s Offensive Line has struggled to replace the four players currently on the NFL’s roster and is currently allowing 20 sack in four games. They allowed 25 out of 12 games last season when they reached the playoffs.
Wisconsin: Meltz threw his first touchdown pass of the season, but otherwise had no effect. Second grade isn’t the only problem with Wisconsin’s attacks, but he’s definitely one of them.
Meltz threw a pick 6 and Jack Kaiser returned 69 yards with 2:13 remaining, and the other returned to Drew White (48 yards) with 54 seconds remaining.
University of Notre Dame: Irish host No. 8 Cincinnati in a huge game for the hope of the Bearcats playoffs.
Wisconsin: Badgers return to Camp Randall for No. 19 Michigan.
QB Coan came out, No. 12 Irish defeats No.18 Badgers
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