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).
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Pyne At Notre Dame
♦ 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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