Backup quarterback Drew Pyne finishes Notre Dame victory over Wisconsin

CHICAGO — Notre Dame starting quarterback Jack Coan limped off the field in the third quarter and never returned to the game.

Third-string quarterback Tyler Buchner, who saw action in Notre Dame's previous two games, was not available to play due to a hamstring injury that started bothering him last week against Purdue.

That gave sophomore quarterback Drew Pyne a chance to make his first meaningful impact of his college career. He took advantage of the opportunity and helped guide the No. 12 Irish (4-0) to a 41-13 victory over No. 18 Wisconsin (1-2) on Saturday in Chicago's Soldier Field.

Pyne completed six of his eight passes (75%) for 81 yards and one touchdown. His 16-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Austin Jr. gave Notre Dame the breathing room it needed with a 24-13 lead with 9:34 left in the fourth game.

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Who is Drew Pyne?

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Vitals: 5-foot-11½, 200 pounds, sophomore (freshman eligibility) from New Canaan, Connecticut (New Canaan High School).

Notre Dame’s Drew Pyne (10) celebrates after the Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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♦ 2021:  Listed as second string

♦ 2020: Played in four games … Completed 1-of-2 passes for 5 yards and rushed once for 4 yards as a reserve in 52-0 victory over South Florida (Sept. 19) … Saw action in 45-3 victory at Pittsburgh (Oct. 24) … Saw action in 41-25 victory over Syracuse (Dec. 5) …Went 1-for-1 passing for 7 yards in 31-14 loss to No. 1 Alabama in College Football Playoff Rose Bowl semifinal (Jan. 1, 2021) in Arlington, Texas … Totals: 2-of-3 passing (66.7%) for 12 yards, 1 rush for 4 yards

High School career

♦ Four-star recruit by 247 Sports, Rivals and ESPN

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♦ In 2019 was 161-of-252 passing for 2,107 yards and 24 TDs with 7 INTs and ran 57 times for 259 yards and 8 TDs

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♦ New Canaan’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes.

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