Jane Horvat | January 3, 2018
The No. 14 University of Notre Dame football squad secured another 10-win season at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, downing No. 17 LSU.
Neither team led by more than one possession and the lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter. The win gives the No. 14 Irish a 10-3 record to cap the 2017 campaign, giving Brian Kelly at least 10 wins for the third time at Notre Dame and second time in three years.
How It Happened
After both teams struggled to click offensively, Ian Book came into the game with two minutes remaining to give new life to the Irish offense. As Notre Dame pushed their way up the field, Book kept the drive alive by running for Notre Dame's longest third-down conversion of the year, moving the chains after rushing for 21 yards on 3rd and 19.
The drive culminated in Justin Yoon's 46-yard field goal to put the Irish on the board with four seconds left in the first half, leading LSU 3-0.
When the second half commenced, LSU answered back by scoring the first TD of the game with 11:37 left in the third quarter. Derrius Guice's 20-yard TD reception capped off the Tigers' five-play drive in which they traversed 43 yards in 2:16.
The Irish rebounded from Andraez Williams' interception at 7:18 in the third with a drive that allowed Notre Dame to add Yoon's second field goal of the game (49 yards) to the scoreboard, leaving them trailing LSU 7-6 at the end of the third quarter. It was Yoon's longest field goal of the year.
The Tigers built their lead with a Danny Etling completion to Guice for a two-yard TD reception that put LSU up, 14-6, with 11:13 remaining in the game.
Louisiana native Michael Young brought the Irish back within striking distance when he got his hands on Book's his six-yard pass and tallied the first touchdown reception of his career. Josh Adams followed by pushing his way into the end zone to give Notre Dame the two-point conversion that would tie the game, 14-14, with under seven minutes until the final whistle.