Notre Dame Stuns LSU With Outstanding One-Handed TD Catch In Final 2 Minutes of Citrus Bowl In Orlando
By Space Coast Daily // January 1, 2018
IRish 21, Tigers 17
ABOVE VIDEO: Notre Dame Stuns LSU With Outstanding One-Handed TD Catch In Final 2 Minutes
ORLANDO, FLORIDA — The No.14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-3) defeated the No.17 LSU Tigers (9-4) in stunning fashion with a one-handed touchdown catch in the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s.
Irish went on to win 21-17, thanks to Miles Boykin’s incredible catch with one and a half to go in the game.
The Fighting Irish entered the game with the nation’s No. 7-ranked rushing offense. However, LSU held Notre Dame running back Josh Adams in check by holding him to 44 yards on 15 carries.
The surprise of the day came from Notre Dame back-up QB Ian Book who finished the game 14-19 passing and 164 yards threw the air with two touchdowns.
Notre Dame had seen exceptional play from quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who racked up 2,583 yards of total offense, including 765 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground, before today’s game.
LSU, meanwhile, entered the Citrus Bowl having won six of its past seven games and boasts one of the nation’s top defenses, allowing just 311.7 yards and 18.8 points per game.
Offensively, the Tigers were led by reigning Citrus Bowl MVP Derrius Guice, who was just the fifth player in LSU history to rush for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
Guice finished Monday’s game with 98 yards on 21 carries.
ABOVE VIDEO: The two teams met recently in bowl action, as Notre Dame edged LSU 31-28 on a last second field goal in the 2014 Music City Bowl in Nashville.
The seventh-oldest collegiate bowl game in the country, the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s began as the Tangerine Bowl in 1947. The initial game sponsors, members of Elks Lodge #1079 of Orlando, each put up $100 to fund initial expenses.
The game moved to a New Year’s Day date in 1987 and has remained a January 1 tradition. Since 1993 the bowl has hosted top teams from the Big Ten and Southeastern conferences.
In the new “College Football Playoff” era of college football’s postseason, the Citrus Bowl will continue to host the top Big Ten and SEC teams from outside the CFP series of bowls (including Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, Orange, Cotton and Peach).
In years where a Big Ten team is assigned to play in a non-semifinal Orange Bowl, the Citrus Bowl will host the top non-CFP selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference against the top non-CFP selection from the SEC.
Space Coast Daily will be on hand as Alan Zlotorzynski, Zach Clark, Steve Wilson, and Orville Susong will bring you pre and post game reports live from the field.
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