Les Miles needs to adapt for LSU football to survive
NASHVILLE, TN - The Fighting Irish used a last-minute field goal to eke out a win over the Fighting Tigers 31-28 at the Franklin American Finance Music City Bowl.
Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal. The loss ends LSU's year with an 8-5 overall, 4-4 SEC record.
Both teams' defenses had trouble keeping their opponent off the scoreboard. LSU's offense gained 436 total yards, while their defense allowed 449 yards. Notre Dame was particularly adept at keeping drives alive on third down, going 11 of 13 on conversions.
LSU's Leonard Fournette was the highlight of the game for the Tigers, scoring a career-first special teams touchdown with a 100-yard kickoff return to tie the game at 14. It was the longest kickoff return for a touchdown for the Tigers since Eric Martin in 1981, and broke a Music City Bowl record.
Fournette later gave the Tigers a 28-21 lead with an 89-yard touchdown run that gave LSU their first lead of the game. The run also put him over the school's single-season freshman rushing record with 1,026 total yards, passing up previous holder Justin Vincent who had 1,001 yards.