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Boykin rallies Notre Dame to Citrus Bowl win over LSU

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Notre Dame receiver Miles Boykin lived up to Brian Kelly's expectations.

The Fighting Irish's head coach told the junior during a practice leading up to Monday's Citrus Bowl game against LSU that Boykin was going to win the MVP trophy.

Boykin made not only one of the top plays of this bowl season but one of the more memorable catches in Notre Dame bowl history. He made a dynamic one-handed grab and raced down the sideline for a 55-yard touchdown with 1:28 remaining to give the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish a 21-17 victory over No. 16 LSU.

The win by Notre Dame (10-3) is its first in a New Year's Day bowl since the 1994 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M and snaps a nine-game skid in January postseason games.

''He looked at me like I had two heads. But I felt like he had a chance,'' said Kelly about his prediction. ''He's got the ability, if we could get him the football. And Ian got him the football and Miles made a great individual play and, lo and behold, I've got the MVP sitting next to me.''

Boykin had only nine catches for 151 yards and a TD coming into the game, but he got his first start after starters Chase Claypool (shoulder injury) and Kevin Stephenson (suspension) were ruled out.

Boykin showed off his wide-catch radius on what proved to be the game-winning play. On first-and-10 from the Irish 45, Ian Book lofted a pass up the right sideline that Boykin was able to snag with his right hand at the LSU 33, eluding corner Donte Jackson. Boykin then broke a tackle attempt by Donte Jackson at the LSU 26 before finding a clear path to the end zone.

''Ian put it in place where only I could reach it,'' said Boykin, who finished with three receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. ''It was a great pass and I was just lucky enough to pull it down on one hand. I've got pretty big hands.''

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said that Boykin made a great grab but lamented his defense's other struggles on the play.

''We had our best cover guy on him (Jackson) but he's a big receiver,'' he said after the Tigers finished the season 9-4. ''We had two guys on him and missed the tackle. That's what I'm mostly disappointed with.''

Book entered the game in the second quarter after Brandon Wimbush struggled moving the offense. The sophomore was 14 of 19 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Book's first touchdown came early in the fourth quarter. With Notre Dame trailing 14-6, he found Michael Young in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard score. Josh Adams then scored on a two-point conversion to tie it.

''It was an awesome opportunity, such a surreal moment that last play with Miles,'' Book said. ''We knew it was going to be a close game. We just had to stay composed and do what we have been doing since January.''

The game lacked drama the first three quarters. It was scoreless until four seconds remained in the first half when a Justin Yoon 46-yard field goal gave Notre Dame a 3-0 halftime lead.

LSU's Danny Etling was 19 of 33 for 229 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to Derrius Guice. Guice, who was the MVP of last year's game, had 98 yards on 21 carries.

THE TAKEAWAY

Notre Dame: Kelly joins Knute Rockne, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz as the only Fighting Irish coaches to have three double-digit win seasons at the school.

LSU: Guice, who said after the game that he hasn't made a decision on whether to leave early for the NFL draft, joins Charles Alexander, Dalton Hilliard, Kevin Faulk and Leonard Fournette as the only players in school history to rush for more than 3,000 yards. He has 3,065 yards in 36 games.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

The Tigers had it twice on the Irish 1 and managed just three points. In the second quarter they had fourth-and-goal before being called for a false start which resulted in a missed 22-yard field goal by Connor Culp.

In the fourth quarter a Guice 2-yard reception put the Tigers in another fourth-and-goal at the 1. Orgeron decided to go for the 3-point lead and a Jack Gonsoulin 17-yard field goal, which gave the Tigers a 17-14 lead.

''We shot ourselves in the foot too many times,'' Etling said. ''We executed pretty well every possession, but made one or two bad plays, false starts that put us five yards back and all the sudden we're in a tougher situation.''

TOUGH DAY FOR ADAMS

Adams, who came into the game averaging 115.5 yards per game, was held to 44 yards on 15 carries. In three of the Irish's last four games he was held to under 50 yards.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: The Irish open next season with a home game against Michigan on Sept. 1. During spring practices, Kelly will have to replace three starters on an offensive line that was considered the nation's best.

LSU: The Tigers will have to replace six starters on offense, including Etling and likely Guice, leading into the Sept. 1 opener against Miami in Dallas.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:28
19-J.Yoon extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
17
Touchdown 1:28
12-I.Book complete to 81-M.Boykin. 81-M.Boykin runs 55 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
73
yds
00:31
pos
20
17
Field Goal 2:07
39-J.Gonsoulin 17 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
76
yds
05:41
pos
14
17
Two Point Conversion 7:49
12-I.Book complete to 33-J.Adams. 33-J.Adams to LSU End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 7:49
12-I.Book complete to 87-M.Young. 87-M.Young runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
75
yds
03:24
pos
12
14
Point After TD 11:13
39-J.Gonsoulin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
14
Touchdown 11:13
16-D.Etling complete to 5-D.Guice. 5-D.Guice runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
80
yds
02:16
pos
6
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:52
19-J.Yoon 49 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
18
yds
02:15
pos
6
7
Point After TD 11:37
39-J.Gonsoulin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 11:37
16-D.Etling complete to 5-D.Guice. 5-D.Guice runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
45
yds
03:23
pos
3
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:10
19-J.Yoon 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
51
yds
01:50
pos
3
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 21
Rushing 10 10
Passing 7 11
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 6-13 10-19
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 353 390
Total Plays 62 75
Avg Gain 5.7 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 152 170
Rush Attempts 34 42
Avg Rush Yards 4.5 4.0
Net Yards Passing 201 220
Comp. - Att. 17-28 19-33
Yards Per Pass 7.2 6.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-15 2-9
Penalties - Yards 4-15 5-27
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-46.0 5-37.2
Return Yards 21 29
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-4
Kickoffs - Returns 2-21 3-21
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-4
Kicking 3/3 3/5
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 1/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
14 Notre Dame 10-3 0331521
17 LSU 9-4 0071017
201 PASS YDS 220
152 RUSH YDS 170
353 TOTAL YDS 390
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
I. Book 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.7% 164 2 1 170.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.3% 456 4 4 119.3
I. Book 14/19 164 2 1
B. Wimbush 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37.5% 52 0 0 92.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
49.5% 1870 16 6 121.4
B. Wimbush 3/8 52 0 0
C. Kmet 84 TE
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
C. Kmet 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Adams 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
206 1430 9
J. Adams 15 44 0 11
B. Wimbush 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 38 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
141 803 14
B. Wimbush 4 38 0 31
D. Williams 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 360 4
D. Williams 2 36 0 31
I. Book 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 207 0
I. Book 11 36 0 21
T. Jones Jr. 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 232 3
T. Jones Jr. 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Boykin 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 102 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 253 2
M. Boykin 3 102 1 55
E. St. Brown 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 515 4
E. St. Brown 2 47 0 35
J. Adams 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 101 0
J. Adams 3 19 0 9
C. Finke 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 102 0
C. Finke 1 18 0 18
N. Weishar 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 52 2
N. Weishar 2 13 0 9
D. Smythe 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 244 1
D. Smythe 2 10 0 5
M. Young 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 18 1
M. Young 2 8 1 6
C. Smith 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 60 1
C. Smith 0 0 0 0
T. Jones Jr. 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 12 0
T. Jones Jr. 2 -1 0 1
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Coney 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
13-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-4 0 0.0
T. Coney 13-4 0.0 0
D. Tranquill 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 1 0.0
D. Tranquill 6-4 0.0 0
J. Love 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 3 0.0
J. Love 5-0 0.0 0
J. Genmark-Heath 13 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Genmark-Heath 4-0 0.0 0
J. Elliott 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
J. Elliott 4-1 0.0 0
N. Morgan 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.5
N. Morgan 3-5 0.5 0
J. Bonner 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Bonner 3-0 0.0 0
G. Martini 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
G. Martini 3-1 0.0 0
N. Coleman 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
N. Coleman 3-0 0.0 0
A. Trumbetti 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Trumbetti 1-0 0.0 0
N. Watkins 7 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
N. Watkins 1-2 0.0 0
J. Tillery 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.5
J. Tillery 1-3 0.5 0
K. Kareem 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
K. Kareem 1-2 0.0 0
D. Studstill 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Studstill 1-1 0.0 0
Ja. Jones 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ja. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
J. Okwara 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
J. Okwara 1-0 1.0 0
K. Hinish 41 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Hinish 1-0 0.0 0
D. Hayes 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
D. Hayes 0-2 0.0 0
S. Mustipher 53 OL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
S. Mustipher 0-1 0.0 0
D. Morgan 32 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Morgan 0-1 0.0 0
J. Hayes 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Hayes 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Yoon 19 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
14/18 55/55
J. Yoon 2/2 49 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Newsome 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 46.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
63 43.6 1
T. Newsome 4 46.0 1 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Smythe 80 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
D. Smythe 1 0.0 0 0
C. Sanders 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
29 22.6 21 0
C. Sanders 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.6% 229 2 0 135.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60% 2463 16 2 153.0
D. Etling 19/33 229 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 98 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
237 1251 11
D. Guice 21 98 0 31
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
145 820 9
D. Williams 9 44 0 12
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 128 2
D. Etling 10 21 0 11
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 232 1
R. Gage 1 15 0 15
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 86 0
D. Dillon 1 -8 0 -8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
F. Moreau 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 64 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 278 3
F. Moreau 4 64 0 26
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 63 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 874 3
D. Chark 5 63 0 23
D. Anderson 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 45 0
D. Anderson 2 35 0 30
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 124 2
D. Guice 3 24 2 20
S. Sullivan 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 219 1
S. Sullivan 2 24 0 13
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 285 3
R. Gage 2 15 0 15
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 331 0
D. Williams 1 4 0 4
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 125 0
D. Dillon 0 0 0 0
T. Carter 44 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 61 1
T. Carter 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
G. Delpit 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
G. Delpit 7-0 0.0 0
R. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
R. Lawrence 6-0 0.0 0
D. White 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 1.0
D. White 5-1 1.0 0
A. Williams 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 6 0.0
A. Williams 3-1 0.0 1
D. Jackson 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
D. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0
F. Herron 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
F. Herron 2-0 0.0 0
G. Gilmore 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
G. Gilmore 2-0 1.0 0
E. Alexander 95 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
E. Alexander 2-0 1.0 0
R. Thornton 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
R. Thornton 2-1 0.0 0
J. Phillips 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Phillips 2-0 0.0 0
J. Battle 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
J. Battle 1-1 0.0 0
K. Chaisson 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Chaisson 1-1 0.0 0
C. LaCouture 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
C. LaCouture 1-2 0.0 0
T. Taylor 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Taylor 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Gonsoulin 39 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
5/11 20/20
J. Gonsoulin 1/2 17 2/2 5
C. Culp 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
11/16 20/23
C. Culp 0/1 0 0/0 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Z. Von Rosenberg 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 39.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
36 43.0 1
Z. Von Rosenberg 3 39.3 1 47
J. Growden 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 34.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 36.0 2
J. Growden 2 34.0 2 36
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Edwards-Helaire 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 7.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 19.0 14 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 2 7.0 14 0
J. Rucker 51 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 7.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 8.0 7 0
J. Rucker 1 7.0 7 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 1.3 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 10.1 2 2
D. Chark 3 1.3 2 0
T. Carter 44 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
T. Carter 1 1.0 1 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ND 25 1:13 5 41 Downs
10:13 ND 2 3:34 9 52 Punt
4:27 ND 13 0:46 4 -3 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:54 ND 10 1:16 3 7 Punt
7:45 ND 20 0:57 3 1 Punt
2:00 ND 20 1:50 10 63 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:35 ND 25 4:01 12 40 INT
5:07 LSU 49 2:15 4 18 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:13 ND 25 3:24 10 75 TD
1:59 ND 27 0:31 3 73 TD
0:32 LSU 29 0:00 1 -2
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:43 LSU 34 3:21 8 32 Punt
6:31 LSU 3 1:54 5 37 Punt
3:13 LSU 46 1:12 3 8 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 LSU 35 7:02 12 54 FG Miss
6:43 LSU 34 4:39 9 46 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LSU 25 3:23 8 75 TD
7:18 LSU 8 2:03 3 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:47 LSU 25 2:16 14 75 TD
7:48 LSU 23 5:41 11 76 FG
1:20 LSU 23 0:42 8 1 Downs