2014 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
December 30, 2014 - LP Field
Notre Dame 31, LSU 28
LSU, led by one of the NCAA’s elite running backs, Leonard Fournette, entered the 2014 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl boasting the title of best defense in the SEC. Notre Dame had been ranked as high as fifth in the nation during the 2014 season, before closing out their year by losing five of their last six games. Notre Dame vs. LSU provided one of the most thrilling finishes in Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl history with Notre Dame proving the predictions wrong and pulling off the upset over LSU with a final score of 31-28.
With Notre Dame up by seven and the clock winding down to half time, LSU attempted a fake field goal. LSU’s Brad Kragthorpe took hold of the ball and ran towards the end zone, before being stopped short of the goal line. Later in the game, with the score tied 28-28, LSU’s field goal attempt was blocked by Notre Dame to keep the game tied early in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame was able to take possession of the ball with 5:41 left in the game and took control of the game by refusing LSU an opportunity to get the ball back. In the end, Malik Zaire and Everett Golson ran 14 plays for 71 yards in a physical drive down the field, ultimately setting up kicker Kyle Brindza with a 32-yard field goal attempt. Brindza managed to drill the ball through the uprights as time expired, giving Notre Dame the win.
LSU may not have come out on top, but they did break several bowl records throughout the game. LSU’s final three touchdowns totaled a mere 38 seconds, each breaking a record: John Diarse’s 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown, Leonard Fournette’s 100-yard kickoff return, and Fournette’s 89- yard touchdown run.
Notre Dame, on the other hand, earned more first downs than any other team in Bowl history, controlled the clock, and rushed the ball a Bowl record-tying 51 times, ultimately resulting in their victory.
MVP: Malik Zaire, Notre Dame, QB
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