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

CHICAGO — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish Fell behind 13-10 early in the fourth quarter and then exploded for 31 unanswered points to defeat the Badgers 41-13.

The win gave Irish head coach Brian Kelly an historic 106th coaching victory at Notre Dame, moving him past Knute Rockne for No. 1 on the program's all-time list.

ND Insider beat writers @EHansenNDI, @TJamesNDI and @tnoieNDI covered the game and will have complete postgame coverage, along with South Bend Tribune photograph er @MLCaterina.  

Meanwhile, scroll down to see how the Shamrock Series game unfolded:

►New leader:Brian Kelly now tops on Notre Dame's all-time wins list, but knows Rockne’s the standard

Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne is shown in 1925. Brian Kelly passed Rockne Saturday as the program's all-time leader in coaching wins.

► More:Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly's milestone victories

► Hansen's instant observations: Defense evolves as Notre Dame finishes off Badgers for milestone win

Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton (14) defends Wisconsin's Jake Ferguson (84) during the Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

► Noie: Big play, Drew Pyne tag team to give Brian Kelly historic Notre Dame win

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly leads the team onto the field during the Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

3:52 p.m. — FINAL: Notre Dame 41, Wisconsin 13


► Wisconsin 13, Notre Dame 10 

Score: Larsh 27-yard field goal at 14:14 

Drive: Nine plays, 30 yards, 3:44 elapsed time following a Notre Dame fumble. 

Key plays: Badgers took over at the ND 39 following a fumble by Notre Dame backup quarterback Drew Pyne. 

► Notre Dame 17, Wisconsin 13 

Score: Chris Tyree 96-yard kickoff return at 14:01  

► Notre Dame 24, Wisconsin 13 

Score: Austin 16-yard pass from Drew Pyne at 9:34 

Drive: Six plays, 46 yards, 2:40 elapsed time following a Wisconsin fumble

Key plays: Mayer 22-yard pass from Pyne to Wisconsin 12.

► Notre Dame 27, Wisconsin  13

Score: Doerer 37-yard field goal at 3:20 

Drive: Four plays, 4 yards, 1:35 p.m. elapsed time following a Wisconsin interception 

Key plays: Drive set up by Cam Hart's second interception of the day.

► Notre Dame 34, Wisconsin  13

Score: Jack Kizer 66-yard interception return at 2:13

► Notre Dame 41, Wisconsin  13

Score: Drew White 48-yard interception return at 1:01

3:48 p.m. — Another pick-6 for the Irish

Drew White with a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown. Notre Dame leads 41-13.

3:44 p.m. — Notre Dame 34, Wisconsin 13

Jack Kizer with his first career touchdown at Notre Dame

3:39 p.m. — Notre Dame 27, Wisconsin 13, 4thQ

Notre Dame increases its lead with another Jonathan Doerer field goal

3:16 p.m. — Notre Dame 24, Wisconsin 13

Kevin Austin scores his second touchdown of the day, a 16-yarder from Drew Pyne.

2:56 p.m. — Notre Dame 17, Wisconsin 13

Chris Tyree with 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

► More:Notre Dame running back Chris Tyree biding time for big-play opportunities

2:53 p.m. — Wisconsin 13, Notre Dame 10

2:47 p.m. — Notre Dame 10, Wisconsin 10, end of 3rd quarter

Wisconsin knocking on the door again.


► Notre Dame 10, Wisconsin 10 

Score: Pryor 8-yard pass from Mertz at 9:53 

Drive: Four plays, 56 yards, 2:01 elapsed time following a Notre Dame punt. 

Key plays: Mertz shovel pass to Chez Mellusi goes for 35 yards to the ND 21 on Badgers first offensive play of the second half. 

2:30 p.m. — Drew Pyne enters the game for Notre Dame

Backup quarterback Drew Pyne played the second series of the second half for Notre Dame. He was 2-for-4 passing for 32 yards in the drive that ended in a punt.

Drew Pyne runs drills during football practice Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

2:18 p.m. — Notre Dame 10, Wisconsin 10

2:05 p.m. —  Connaughton recognized

Third quarter is under way at Soldier Field and during a third quarter timeout, former Notre Dame basketball standout and current member of the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, Pat Connaughton.

Pat Connaughton is the first Notre Dame graduate to win an NBA championship since 1993 when John Paxson won one with the Chicago Bulls.

1:40 p.m. — Halftime: Notre Dame 10, Wisconsin 3


► Notre Dame 3, Wisconsin 3 

Score: Jonathan Doerer 51-yard field goal at 8:44 

Drive: 16 plays, 45 yards, 6:29 elapsed time following a turnover on downs.

Key plays: Kyren Williams 2-yard run for a first down on fourth-and-1 at the Wisconsin 41.

► Notre Dame 10, Wisconsin 3 

Score: Kevin Austin Jr. 36-yard pass from Jack Coan at 4:48

Drive: Five plays, 51 yards, 2:18 elapsed time following ... 

Key plays: Drive set up by Cam Hart's interception of Graham Mertz at the ND 49.

1:19 p.m. — Notre Dame 10, Wisconsin 3

Jack Coan and Kevin Austin Jr. connect for 36 yards and the game's first touchdown. 

1:10 p.m. — Turnover alert

Notre Dame takes over at midfield.

1 :02 p.m. — Notre Dame 3, Wisconsin 3

Jonathan Doerer redeems himself to tie the game.

Shamrock series fashion statements

► Photos:Notre Dame football's Shamrock Series uniforms through the years

Notre Dame players get ready for the Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

12:45 p.m. — End of 1st quarter: Wisconsin 3, Notre Dame 0


► Wisconsin 3  Notre Dame 0, 

Score: Collin Larsh 37-yard field goal at 11:43

Drive: Five plays, 26 yards, 1:54 elapsed time following a Notre Dame punt 

Key plays: Kendrick Pryor 22-yard pass from Graham Mertz to the ND 23.

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12:28 p.m. — Jonathan Doerer misses 39-yard field goal

Miss comes at 5:06 in the first after Notre Dame had first and goal at the 10.

► Noie: Notre Dame graduate kicker Jonathan Doerer in a good space

12:12 p.m. Wisconsin 3, Notre Dame 0

Badgers strike first in Chicago.

12:05 p.m. — And we're off

Wisconsin kicks off and Notre Dame starts first and 10 at its own 22.

Wisconsin kicks off to Notre Dame, Sept. 25, 2021 at Solider Field in Chicago.

11:50 a.m. — Ten minutes to kickoff

Chicago is no stranger to Notre Dame football lore

► Noie:Chicago has long been Notre Dame's kind of town - for football talent

Former Notre Dame nose tackle Chris Zorich was an interior terror during his South Bend playing days.

11:14 a.m. (EDT) — Notre Dame gets some bad news on defensive front

► Injury update: Notre Dame starting nose guard Kurt Hinish will miss Wisconsin game

Notre Dame nose guard Kurt Hinish will miss Saturday's game against Wisconsin at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Shamrock Series at Soldier Field

Notre Dame and Wisconsin will play Sept. 25 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Saturday will be Notre Dame’s sixth game played at Soldier Field since 1930, the last being a 2012 Shamrock Series win against Miami. The Irish also played their “home” games at Soldier Field in 1929 while Notre Dame Stadium was being built. 

Notre Dame players get ready for the Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

► Remember these top five Notre Dame games at Soldier Field?

Notre Dame's George Atkinson III runs in a touchdown during the game at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, October 6. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Kicking off

► Players to Watch: Keep an eye on these four players when Wisconsin, Notre Dame meet

Notre Dame’s Kevin Austin Jr. (4) celebrates during the Notre Dame vs. Toledo NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend.

► Baker, Notre Dame O-line ooze confidence heading into clash with Wisconsin

Notre Dame sophomore left tackle Tosh Baker has gone from third string to starter only two weeks into the 201 season.

► Homecoming for Notre Dame safety Houston Griffith can't distract from his important role

Notre Dame safety Houston Griffith (3) brings down Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence (16)  during the ACC Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, inside Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.