Instant Reaction: Last-Second Field Goal Lifts Notre Dame Past LSU In Music City Bowl

Notre Dame and LSU traded big plays in an exciting first half, but the Fighting Irish took a 21-14 into halftime. The Tigers responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the third quarter as both sides continued to go back and forth, and it wasn't decided until Kyle Brindza kicked home a field goal as time expired to give Notre Dame the thrilling 31-28 win.

Turning Point:

Notre Dame converted a 3rd-&-10 with less than two minutes left on a 12-yard pass from Everett Golson to tight end Ben Koyack, putting the Irish in position to run out the clock and kick the game-winning field goal.

Key Stat:

Both teams ran for over 250 yards in this game and have over 400 total yards, showing how fast-paced and exciting this game was to watch. However,

Notre Dame MVP:

Redshirt freshman quarterback Malik Zaire got the start over Everett Golson in this one, and he didn't disappoint. He completed 12/15 passes for 96 yards and touchdown while running for 96 yards and another score.


Running back Leonard Fournette was absolutely dominant in this game, almost single-handedly carrying the Tigers. He finished with 143 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries, and also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.

What's Next?

Notre Dame finishes their season with an 8-5 record and will look to carry the momentum from this win into next season, while LSU falls to 7-6 on the year.

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