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Irish 6th Coan dominates the Yellow Jackets in a 55-0 win

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Jack Coan threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in just over the half and Notre Dame, number 6, had two defensive touchdowns to win his sixth straight game, 55-0 against besieged Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Coan, a transfer graduate from Wisconsin, completed 15 of 20 assists. He netted 52-yard first-half touchdowns to Michael Mayer and 20 yards to Logan Diggs as the Irish took a 45-0 halftime. Coan came out after a streak in the third quarter and was replaced by real freshman Tyler Buchner, who pulled off a 68-yard rush on his first play.

With Coan leading the Irish offense and defense stalking Georgia Tech quarterback Jordan Yates all afternoon, coach Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish (CFP No. 8) improved to 10-1, reaching the level of 10 wins for the fifth consecutive season ahead of the coach. The Yellow Jackets of Geoff Collins (3-8) by a margin of 514-224 yards.


The shutout was the first at Notre Dame for first-year defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman and the first by the Irish since a 52-0 shutout from South Florida on September 19 of last season when the Irish reached the football playoffs university for the second time in three seasons.

Linebacker Jack Kiser hit a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Irish a 10-0 lead after Jonathan Doerer’s first of two field goals. The Irish then added a 9-yard touchdown from Kyren Williams, his first of two rushing touchdowns, and a touchdown pass from Coan to Mayer for a 24-0 lead after the first quarter. First-year running back Logan Diggs scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, the second on a reception from Coan, as Notre Dame opened up a 45-0 halftime lead.

Graduated defensive end Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa returned Yates’ fumble caused by defensive end Isaiah Foskey for 70 yards in the third quarter as the Irish led 55-0 after three quarters. Notre Dame recorded two interception returns for touchdowns in a 41-13 win over Wisconsin earlier this season.

Yates threw for 96 yards on 14 of 28 passes.

Take it away

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets couldn’t get by in the first half, totaling just 117 yards as Notre Dame harassed Yates and limited freshman Jahmyr Gibbs, who finished second nationally in general-purpose yards at 168 coming the game, just 40 rushing yards in the first half. He finished with 58 rushing yards and 122 general purpose yards.

Notre Dame: The Irish couldn’t have played much better than in the first half, scoring on their six offensive possessions and adding the 43-yard intercept return from Kiser, who had one of two returns from interception for touchdowns against Wisconsin. Kiser, however, left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury.

The 45 points in the first half were the Irishman’s strongest since scoring 45 points against their visit to Miami, Ohio in a 52-17 win in 2017. The Irish defensive line had seven of his quarters in a hurry at halftime.


Depending on the outcome of subsequent games, Notre Dame likely consolidated its No.6 ranking in the Associated Press rankings and would likely gain a spot in the college football rankings on Tuesday with the 56-7 loss to State of the ‘Ohio vs. Michigan State # 7.


Georgia Tech: Host Georgia # 1 Saturday.

Notre-Dame: at Stanford on Saturday.

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