With under two minutes left in the Citrus Bowl, Notre Dame had the ball and one shot of overcoming a 17-14 deficit against LSU and win the game. Backup quarterback Ian Book who filled in for Brandon Wimbush in the second half saw his window with a great route and catch by Miles Boykin who juked several Tigers defenders and took the ball to the house to claim a late 21-17 lead. Notre Dame’s defense held LSU to just six yards on their drive and forced a fourth down and won the game with one kneel down to secure Brian Kelly and Notre Dame a Citrus Bowl Win.
Book finished 14-19 for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns in relief of Brandon Wimbush who was bad in the first half. Boykin who caught the game-winning touchdown with under 1:30 left in the game led all receivers with 102 yards, one touchdown, and a long of 55. Even without the catch, Boykin would still have led the Irish in receiving yards. No surprise here, but Boykin was named Citrus Bowl MVP after his amazing catch and run skills to win the game.
Te’von Coney led a stout Fighting Irish defense with a game-high 17 tackles. Drue Tranquill in his final game for Notre Dame added 11 tackles including 2 for a loss played a large part in Notre Dame’s excellent defense. As a team, the Irish were able to hold LSU to 17 points with 399 total yards and 22 first downs.
Notre Dame improved to 10-3 overall on the season, marking Brian Kelly’s third time and second in three years at Notre Dame.