|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe Notre Dame Fighting Irish was a strong team at the beginning of the year as they won their first six games while Everett Golson was a potential Heisman candidate. A 1-5 run derailed all playoff hopes but the Irish still finished the season off strong in Nashville with a 31-28 victory against the LSU Tigers in the Music City Bowl. This moved both teams to an 8-5 record for the year. The Tigers were strong favorites at -7.5.
An interesting part of the game is that the Irish used a two quarterback system. While Golson went 6-11 with 90 passing yards, Malik Zaire went 12-15 with 96 yards and a touchdown. Zaire also had 96 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Zaire was a part of the first two scores for the Irish as he had a touchdown pass to William Fuller and then a rushing score. The Tigers' Leonard Fournette had a rushing touchdown in between those two scores.
Fournette had a dynamic play after Zaire's touchdown as he ran a kickoff back a full 100 yards for a touchdown. The Irish came back in about five minutes with a Tarean Folston rushing touchdown. The Tigers made it to the Irish's doorstep at the end of the half but Brad Kragthorpe's run up the middle on fourth down was one yard short.
The Tigers tied the game as 21 each on the first play from scrimmage in the second half as Anthony Jennings had a 75-yard touchdown pass to John Diarse. The team exchanged big rushing touchdowns later in the quarter as Fournette had an 89-yard touchdown followed by C.J. Prosise's 50-yard run for the Irish.
The Tigers had a field goal attempt blocked in the fourth. The Irish then ran out the clock for six minutes and went 71 yards en route to a 32-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza as time expired.
In addition to Zaire and Golson's performances, Tarean Folston had 73 rushing yards for the Irish. Meanwhile, Leonard Fournette had 143 rushing yards on eleven carries for LSU. Anthony Jennings only went 7-14 with 151 passing yards.