Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan exited Saturday’s game against No. 18 Wisconsin midway through the third quarter with an apparent leg injury.
It’s unclear exactly what happened, but Coan appeared to suffer the lower-leg injury on the Fighting Irish’s second drive of the second half. He was sandwiched between two Badgers defenders on first-and-10, taking a 5-yard loss in the process. It was Wisconsin’s fifth sack of the day.
Coan was later seen leaving the field and walking toward the locker room with a limp. Jenny Taft reported on the Fox broadcast that Coan would likely sit out the rest of the game.
Coan has far and away been No. 12 Notre Dame’s best offensive weapon, not just against Wisconsin, but also the entire season. He had completed 15 of 29 passes for 158 yards and a score against the Badgers before his exit, leading his team to a 10-10 tie. Prior to Saturday’s matchup, he had totaled 828 yards and eight touchdowns to just two interceptions on the season, leading Notre Dame to close wins over Florida State and Purdue.
Without him in the lineup, Notre Dame turned to third-string quarterback Drew Pyne (backup Tyler Buchner was out with hamstring issues); he completed his first two passes to Avery Davis for gains of 15 and 17 yards, respectively, before throwing two incompletions to end the drive. Pyne was then strip-sacked by Rodas Johnson on the first play of the ensuing drive, giving Wisconsin the ball back at the Notre Dame 39; the Badgers ultimately turned the turnover into a field goal.
On the Irish’s ensuing offensive drive, however, Pyne completed 4 of 4 passes for 49 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown to make it 24-13 Notre Dame. That was the last offensive score of the game, though Notre Dame ended up winning 41-13.
Following the game, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Coan’s X-rays came back clean and that it “doesn’t look like a high-ankle sprain.” From ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.
Good news on QB Jack Coan as #NotreDame coach Brian Kelly says X-rays were clean and that it doesn’t look like a high-ankle sprain. Kelly is optimistic that Coan will return next week against Cincinnati. Tyler Buchner (hamstring) was unavailable today but could be back, too.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 25, 2021