Notre Dame football vs. Toledo live updates: scores and highlights from Saturday afternoon

by 24USATVSept. 12, 2021, 4:20 a.m. 22

The eighth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting escaped Saturday with a 32-29 win over Toledo at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend in their 2021 home opener.

ND Insider beat writers @EHansenNDI, @TJamesNDI and @tnoieNDI were covering the game along with South Bend Tribune photographers @TheRobFranklin and @MLCaterina.

Here is how it all unfolded:

► Noie column: Living on the college football edge is where No. 8 Notre Dame is - for now

►Late-game heroics can't camouflage O-line regression and a QB puzzle as Irish escape, 32-29

► How did they score? Here's your recap of Notre Dame vs. Toledo

Key plays: Coan 10-yard pass to Avery Davis on third and 5. Coan 16-yard pass to Williams on third and 14 and the ND 36. Buchner 15-yard rush

Drive: One play, 55 yards, 0:09 elapsed time following at Toledo punt

Key plays: Toledo takes over at its own 27 after ND fumble.15-yard pass from Carter to Isaiah Winstead on third and 12 from the 50 yards line

Score: Mayer 18-yard pass from Coan at 1:09 (Williams pass from Avery Davis)

Key plays: Austin 34-yard pass from Coan to the Toledo 41 on first play of the drive.

Dequan Finn with a 26-yard touchdown to give Toledo the lead

Kyren Williams loses fumble at the Toledo 27-yard line at 3:36 left in the game.

Toledo answers right back on an 8-yard run by Bryant Koback. Drive set up by Koback's 67-yard run. Two-point conversion fail

Tyler Buchner with his first career touchdown pass, a 55-yard strike to Chris Tyree

Jonathan Doerer puts the Irish back in the lead.

Pretty uneventful third quarter as No. 8 Irish continue to trail. Buchner is back in to start the fourth.

Would have been a career long, but Toledo continues to lead Notre Dame 16-14 with 6:03 left in third quarter. Rockets have the ball.

Buchner comes in on second and 12 and loses five yards. Coan back in and sacked. Irish punt

4:25 p.m. — Second half in South Bend is underway

Irish fans get first glimpse of quarterback Tyler Buchner

The freshman from California played one series in the second half before starter Jack Coan returned, leading the Irish 96 yards in five plays capped by a 43-yard TD run by Kyren Williams.

Key plays: QB Tyler Buchner makes college debut and immediately rushes for 26 yards and 11 yards on his first two plays. Buchner 15-yard pass to Braden Lenzy.

Key plays: Toledo takes over at Notre Dame 40-yard line after turnover on downs.

Chirs McDonald Jr. picks off Jack Coan and returns it 27 yards for a touchdown with :46 left in the half.

Toledo's Thomas Cluckey now has field goals of 31, 32 and 23 yards after the Rockets took over on downs at the Notre Dam 40-yard line.

Key plays: 28-yard pass from Coan to Mayer and 14-yard pass to Avery Davis.

Drive: Seven plays, 69 yards, 2:32 elapsed time following ND kickoff

Key plays: 66-yar pass from Carter Bradley to Davin Maddox on third and five from the Toledo 23.

Key plays: 23-yard pass from Bradley to Maddox, 14-yard rush by Bryant Koback.

Following a Notre Dame turnover, Cluckey boots his second FG of the game, a 32-yarder.

Thomas Cluckey boots a 31-yard field to get the Rockets on the board. Key play in the drive was a 66-yard catch by Devin Maddox

That was fast. Quarterback Jack Coan hits TE Michael three times on a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive. It's the second consecutive game that Mayer has caught a touchdown pass on the game's opening drive.

2:36 p.m. — And we're off. Notre Dame ball to start the game.

2:30 p.m. — Who's the new guy? Drew Brees joins the NBC broadcast crew today

► More:Drew Brees replaces Tony Dungy in the NBC broadcast booth at Notre Dame football

2:12 p.m. — The new voice of Notre Dame Stadium is Chris Ackels

For the first time in 39 years, someone not named Mike Collins is settling into the public address announcer chair at Notre Dame Stadium for an Irish football game.

► Noie column:Noie: Chris Ackels ready for the ride as new voice of Notre Dame Stadium

More:Notre Dame down to six scholarship linebackers for Notre Dame-Toledo without Prince Kollie

Here are a few golden nuggets to whet your whistle before today's kickoff:

► Toledo at Notre Dame: Four players to watch

► How does No. 8 Notre Dame beat Toledo? By following these four keys to the game.

► Noie: Before settling into rhythm of football season, it's a sprint for No. 8 Notre Dame

Want to watch, better have Peacock. Here's how you get it

When the Notre Dame-Toledo game starts Saturday after 2:30 p.m. EDT, the only places to view it will be inside Notre Dame Stadium or behind the Peacock Premium paywall.

The Peacock agreement between Notre Dame and television partner NBC Sports was greeted by groans from Irish fans last month.

► How to watch:Time to make the Peacock Premium plunge to watch Notre Dame football Saturday

The University of Notre Dame will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States in several ways Saturday (Sept. 11), including a commemoration at Notre Dame Stadium immediately prior to the Notre Dame-Toledo football game.

At halftime, the Notre Dame and University of Toledo marching bands will combine to play “Amazing Grace,” a performance similar to that of the Notre Dame and Michigan State University bands in the first football game following the terrorist attacks.


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