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2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Brian Kelly and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. They competed as an independent. They finished the season 10–3, an impressive turnaround from the season before, where the Irish finished with their worst record since 2007. They were invited to the Citrus Bowl where they defeated LSU. The Irish would finish the season with four wins over teams that finished in the top 25 rankings (both the AP and Coaches polls), including winning three of those by over 20 points or more.

2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football
Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.svg
Citrus Bowl champion
Citrus Bowl, W 21–17 vs. LSU
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 11
2017 record10–3
Head coachBrian Kelly (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorChip Long (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorMike Elko (1st season)
Base defense4–2–5
Captain
  • Josh Adams
  • Greer Martini
  • Mike McGlinchey
  • Nyles Morgan
  • Quenton Nelson
  • Drue Tranquill
  • Austin Webster
  • Chase Summerfield
Home stadiumNotre Dame Stadium
(Capacity: 77,622)[1]
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Division I FBS independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Army               10 3  
No. 11 Notre Dame               10 3  
UMass               4 8  
BYU               4 9  
As of July 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The 2016 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team finished the regular season with a 4–8 record, and were thus ineligible for a bowl selection.

2017 NFL DraftEdit

The following former Notre Dame players were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft:

Round Selection Player Position Team
2 52 DeShone Kizer Quarterback Cleveland Browns
7 225 Isaac Rochell Defensive end Los Angeles Chargers

Transfers out/departuresEdit

  • WR Corey Holmes (Purdue)
  • QB Malik Zaire (Florida)
  • C/G Tristen Hoge (BYU)
  • TE Tyler Luatua (injury)
  • OL Parker Boudreaux (UCF)
  • LB Josh Barajas (Illinois State)
  • G Colin McGovern (Virginia)
  • S Spencer Perry (South Alabama)
  • RB Justin Brent (Nevada)

Transfers inEdit

  • WR Freddy Canteen (Michigan)
  • WR Cameron Smith (Arizona State)
  • S Alohi Gilman (Navy)

Coaching changesEdit

Departures

  • Scott Booker – dismissed
  • Keith Gilmore – dismissed
  • Mike Denbrock (hired at Cincinnati)
  • Bob Elliott (hired at Nebraska)
  • Mike Sanford Jr. – hired as head coach at Western Kentucky
  • Paul Longo – replaced and moved into an administrative role

Additions

  • Mike Elko – hired as defensive coordinator
  • Chip Long – hired as offensive coordinator and Tight ends coach
  • Brian Polian – returns as special teams coordinator
  • Clark Lea – hired as linebackers Coach
  • DelVaughn Alexander – hired as wide receivers coach
  • Tom Rees – returns as quarterback coach
  • Matt Balis – hired as director of football performance

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

The Fighting Irish signed a total of 21 recruits.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Year at Notre Dame Alma mater (Year)
Brian Kelly Head coach 8th Assumption (1982)
Mike Elston Defensive line/assistant head coach 8th Michigan (1998)
Brian Polian Special team coordinator/recruiting coordinator 6th John Carroll (1997)
Harry Hiestand Offensive line/run game coordinator 6th East Stroudsburg (1983)
Mike Elko Defensive coordinator 1st Pennsylvania (1999)
Chip Long Offensive coordinator/tight ends 1st North Alabama (2005)
Autry Denson Running backs 2nd Notre Dame (1999)
Todd Lyght Pat and Jana Eilers family defensive backs 2nd Notre Dame (1991)
DelVaughn Alexander Wide receivers 1st USC (1995)
Clark Lea Linebackers 1st Vanderbilt (2004)
Tom Rees Quarterbacks 1st Notre Dame (2013)
Matt Balis Director of football performance 1st Northern Illinois (1996)
Bill Rees Director of scouting 1st Ohio Wesleyan University (1976)

RosterEdit

2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team roster

Quarterbacks

  •  4 Montgomery VanGorder – Senior (6'5, 215)  
  •  7 Brandon WimbushJunior (6'1, 216)  
  • 12 Ian BookSophomore  
  • 13 Avery Davis – Freshman
  • 14 J.D. Carney – Freshman
  • 17 Nolan Henry – Junior (6'1, 195)  
  • 18 Cameron Ekanayake – Freshman

Running Backs

  •  2 Dexter WilliamsJunior (5'11, 210)
  • 16 C.J. Holmes – Freshman
  • 33 Josh AdamsJunior (6'1, 219)
  • 34 Tony Jones Jr. – Sophomore  
  • 38 Deon McIntosh – Sophomore  

Wide Receivers

  •  3 C. J. SandersJunior (5'8, 185)
  •  6 Equanimeous St. BrownJunior (6'4, 205)
  •  9 Keenan Centlivre – Senior
  • 10 Chris Finke – Junior (5'9, 175)  
  • 11 Freddy Canteen – Graduate  
  • 15 Cameron Smith – Graduate
  • 24 Mick Assaf – Sophomore
  • 25 Jafar Armstrong – Freshman
  • 26 Austin Webster – Senior (5'11, 195)
  • 29 Kevin Stepherson – Sophomore (6'0, 181)
  • 31 Grant Hammann – Senior (6'0, 192)
  • 81 Miles BoykinJunior (6'3, 225)  
  • 83 Chase Claypool – Sophomore
  • 85 Arion Shinaver – Sophomore
  • 87 Michael Young – Freshman
  • 88 Javon McKinley – Sophomore

Tight Ends

  • 47 Chris Bury – Junior
  • 49 Jack Henige – Freshman
  • 80 Durham SmytheGraduate (6'4, 245)
  • 82 Nic Weishar – Senior (6'4, 245)  
  • 84 Cole Kmet – Freshman
  • 86 Alize MackJunior (6'4, 240)  
  • 89 Brock Wright – Freshman

Punters

  • 42 Jeff Riney – Junior (5'10, 175) (+P)
  • 80 Tyler Newsome – Senior (6'2, 210) (+K)
 

Offensive lineman

  • 53 Sam Mustipher – Senior (6'2, 305)  
  • 56 Quenton NelsonSenior (6'5, 325)  
  • 57 Trevor Ruhland – Junior (6'3, 300)  
  • 61 Colin Grunhard – Freshman
  • 62 Logan Plantz – Junior (6'2, 310)
  • 63 Sam Bush – Senior (6'3, 305)
  • 67 Jimmy Byrne – Senior (6'4, 300)
  • 68 Mike McGlincheyGraduate (6'7, 310)
  • 69 Aaron Banks – Freshman
  • 70 Hunter Bivin – Graduate (6'5, 308)
  • 71 Alex Bars – Senior (6'6, 320)  
  • 72 Robert Hainsey – Freshman
  • 74 Liam Eichenberg – Sophomore  
  • 75 Josh Lugg – Freshman
  • 76 Dillan Gibbons – Freshman
  • 78 Tommy Kraemer – Sophomore  

Defensive lineman

  •  9 Daelin Hayes – Sophomore (6'3, 257)
  • 41 Kurt Hinish – Freshman
  • 42 Julian Okwara – Sophomore
  • 47 Kofi Wardlow – Freshman
  • 53 Khalid Kareem – Sophomore (6'3, 270)
  • 54 Lincoln Feist – Junior (6'2, 315)
  • 55 Jonathan Bonner – Senior (6'3, 286)  
  • 58 Elijah Taylor – Junior (6'3, 285)  
  • 64 Ryan Kilander – Senior (6'0, 310)
  • 77 Brandon Tiassum – Junior (6'3, 302)  
  • 91 Adetokunbo Ogundeji – Sophomore  
  • 92 Jonathon MacCollister – Freshman 
  • 93 Jay Hayes – Senior (6'3, 285)  
  • 94 Darnell Ewell – Freshman
  • 95 Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa – Freshman
  • 96 Peter Mokwuah – Senior (6'3, 317)  
  • 97 Micah Dew-Treadway – Junior (6'4, 300)  
  • 98 Andrew Trumbetti – Senior (6'3, 260)
  • 99 Jerry TilleryJunior (6'6, 310)

Kickers

  • 19 Justin YoonJunior (5'9, 190)
  • 29 Sam Kohler – Senior (6'0, 175)
  • 39 Jonathan Doerer – Freshman
 

Linebackers

  •  4 Te'von ConeyJunior (6'1, 235)
  •  5 Nyles Morgan – Senior (6'1, 245)
  • 22 Asmar Bilal – Junior (6'2, 230)
  • 23 Drue TranquillSenior (6'1, 225)  
  • 30 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Freshman
  • 32 D.J. Morgan – Sophomore  
  • 35 David Adams – Freshman
  • 37 Robert Regan – Junior (6'2, 200)
  • 40 Drew White – Freshman
  • 44 Jamir Jones – Sophomore
  • 45 Jonathan Jones – Sophomore  
  • 46 Jimmy Thompson – Junior
  • 48 Greer Martini – Senior (6'2, 245)
  • 49 Brandon Hutson – Junior (6'2, 230)
  • 51 Devyn Spruell – Junior (6'1, 240)
  • 59 Kier Murphy – Junior

Cornerbacks

  •  7 Nick Watkins – Senior (6'0, 200)  
  •  8 Donte Vaughn – Sophomore
  • 18 Troy Pride Jr. – Sophomore
  • 20 Shaun Crawford – Junior (5'8, 189)  
  • 27 Julian LoveSophomore
  • 31 Temitope Agoro – Sophomore
  • 31 Brandon Garcia – Freshman
  • 43 Brian Ball – Junior (5'11, 185)

Safeties

  • 12 Alohi Gilman – Sophomore
  • 13 Jordan Genmark-Heath – Freshman
  • 14 Devin Studstill – Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 17 Isaiah Robertson – Freshman
  • 21 Jalen Elliott – Sophomore
  • 24 Nick Coleman – Junior (5'11, 190)
  • 38 Christopher Schilling – Sophomore

Defensive Backs

  • 10 Patrick Pelini – Freshman
  • 15 John Mahoney – Freshman

Long snappers

  • 46 Matt Bushland – Sophomore
  • 54 John Shannon – Sophomore  

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 23:30 p.m.TempleNBCW 49–1677,622
September 97:30 p.m.No. 15 GeorgiaNo. 24
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCL 19–2077,622
September 163:30 p.m.at Boston CollegeESPNW 49–2044,500
September 238:00 p.m.at Michigan StateFOXW 38–1874,023
September 305:00 p.m.Miami (OH)No. 22
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCSNW 52–1777,622
October 73:30 p.m.at North CarolinaNo. 21ABCW 33–1057,000
October 217:30 p.m.No. 11 USCNo. 13
NBCW 49–1477,622
October 283:30 p.m.No. 14 NC StateNo. 9
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCW 35–1477,622
November 43:30 p.m.Wake ForestNo. 5
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • South Bend, IN
NBCW 48–3777,622
November 118:00 p.m.at No. 7 Miami (FL)No. 3ABCL 8–4165,326
November 183:30 p.m.NavyNo. 9
NBCW 24–1777,622
November 258:00 p.m.at No. 20 StanfordNo. 9ABCL 20–3847,352
January 1, 20181:00 p.m.vs. No. 16 LSUNo. 14ABCW 21–1757,726
Schedule Source: 2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Schedule

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV 24 RV RV 22 21 16 13 9 5 3 9 9 15 14 11 
Coaches RV 25 RV RV RV 22 19 16 10 8 5 9 9 17 15 11 
CFP Not released 3 3 8 8 15 14 Not released

Game summariesEdit

TempleEdit

Temple at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Owls 3 706 16
Fighting Irish 21 7714 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 ND, 24–20

The Irish offense racked up 606 yards of offense including 422 of it from rushing. They finished with three players with over a 100 rushing yards: Josh Adams (161 yards), Dexter Williams (124 yards) and quarterback Brandon Wimbush (106 yards) all hit the century mark rushing as the Irish win big on opening day.

GeorgiaEdit

Georgia at Notre Dame
1 234Total
No. 15 Bulldogs 3 773 20
No. 24 Fighting Irish 3 1033 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1981 UGA, 17–10

With 3 minutes, 34 seconds left to play, the Bulldogs took a 1-point lead on a 30-yard field goal by kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. On The Irish’s final drive, Bulldogs linebacker Davin Bellamy strip-sacked quarterback Brandon Wimbush, and linebacker Lorenzo Carter recovered the fumble with 1:27 left to seal the victory. For the Bulldogs, Jake Fromm made his first career start at quarterback in place of the injured Jacob Eason (left knee).

Boston CollegeEdit

Notre Dame at Boston College
(Holy War)
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 7 71421 49
Eagles 3 737 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–9 2015 ND, 19–16

Fighting Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush rushed for 270 yards with four touchdowns; the most rushing yards by a Notre Dame quarterback, a school record. Also, running back Josh Adams rushed for 229 yards in three quarters. This is the first time in Notre Dame football history that two players have rushed for more than 200 yards in a single game.

Michigan StateEdit

Notre Dame at Michigan State
(Megaphone Trophy)
1 234Total
Fighting Irish 14 1473 38
Spartans 7 038 18
  • Date: September 23, 2017
  • Location: Spartan Stadium
    East Lansing, MI
  • Game start: 8:17 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 34 minutes
  • Game attendance: 74,023
  • Game weather: Temperature: 84 °F (29 °C) • Weather: Clear • Wind: SE 5 MPH
  • Referee: Gary Patterson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
48–29–1 2016 MSU, 36–28

The Irish would score on their opening drive, a 7 play, 78-yard drive that was capped off by Quarterback Brandon Wimbush's 16-yard touchdown run. Notre Dame would add to their lead three minutes later with a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Julian Love go to up 14–0 over the Spartans. The Irish defense forced three turnovers in the game, all of them the Irish turned into touchdowns. The Irish offense racked up 5.8 yards per play, including rushing for 182 yards against the Spartans defense that came into the game in the top 10 in rush defense.

Miami (Ohio)Edit

Miami (Ohio) at Notre Dame
1 234Total
RedHawks 7 730 17
No. 22 Fighting Irish 28 1707 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1909 ND, 46–0

The Irish opened the scoring on the second play from scrimmage when running back Josh Adams scampered 73 yards for a touchdown. Another Adams touchdown run—this one a 59-yarder—was bookended by two RedHawks turnovers that the Irish converted into 14 points. The 28-point first quarter marked the most points for the Irish in a single period since 2005. The victory was the 900th win in Irish program history.

North CarolinaEdit

Notre Dame at North Carolina
1 234Total
No. 21 Fighting Irish 0 16107 33
Tar Heels 0 703 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–2 2014 ND, 50–43

After a scoreless opening period, quarterback Ian Book found receiver Cameron Smith for a 6-yard touchdown pass. On the second play of the next offensive series, running back Josh Adams scored on a 73-yard touchdown run. Later in the game, running back Deon McIntosh added two rushing scores for the Irish who gained 341 of its 487 total yards on the ground. Book made his first career start at quarterback in place of the injured Brandon Wimbush (right foot).

USCEdit

USC at Notre Dame
(Jeweled Shillelagh)
1 234Total
No. 11 Trojans 0 0140 14
No. 13 Fighting Irish 14 14147 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
46–37–5 2016 USC, 45–27

The Fighting Irish would welcome No. 11 USC in a highly anticipated game. The Irish defense started the game forcing a USC turnover on the Trojans first offensive play of the game, and that would be a sign of things to come from the rest of the game as the Irish forced three total turnovers and would take a commanding 28–0 lead by halftime. Running back Josh Adams had 191 rush yards and three touchdowns, including an 84-yard score in the third quarter. The Irish would rush for a total of 377 yards and averaged 8 yards per rush during the game. With this victory, Notre Dame earned the largest margin of victory in the series with USC in a half century. The last time was 51–0 in Los Angeles in 1966.

North Carolina StateEdit

North Carolina State at Notre Dame
1 234Total
No. 14 Wolfpack 7 700 14
No. 9 Fighting Irish 7 14140 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2016 NCSU, 10–3

Coming into the game, North Carolina State had a six-game win streak, along with the Irish who had a five-game win streak. The talk coming into the game was who would have the advantage. Would it be North Carolina State's stout run defense (ranked 6th in the country) or Notre Dame's dangerous rush offense (ranked 6th in the country). The first quarter saw both offenses struggle to move the ball, but the Wolfpack got on the board first with a blocked punt returned that was recovered in the end zone to give North Carolina State a 7–0 lead. Notre Dame responded in quick fashion with a 2-play, 60-yard drive that was capped off with a touchdown pass by Irish Quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Durham Smyth. The two teams traded scores in the 2nd quarter but the Irish would take a 21–14 lead with another touchdown pass by Brandon Wimbush, this time an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Kevin Stepherson. Before the first half ended, the Wolfpack were threatening to score, as they had the ball at the Irish 35. But on 3rd and 10, the Irish were able to get a sack on quarterback Ryan Finley to push the Wolfpack out of field goal range. That play would seem to set the stage for the rest of the game. After halftime, the Irish started to take control with a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown by Irish cornerback Julian Love giving the Irish a two touchdown lead. Josh Adams put the game away for good with a 77-yard touchdown run late in the 3rd quarter.

Josh Adams finished the game with 202 rush yards and the Irish as a team finished the game with 318 rush yards. That was more than twice as many rush yards that the Wolfpack defense had allowed on the year, as the previous most was 133 rush yards by Furman. This was the sixth straight game the Irish had won by 20 points or more. This was also the first time since 2012 that the Irish had two wins over opponents ranked in the top 15 in a season and the first time since 1989 that they did it in consecutive weeks. It was also the sixth time the Irish ran for 300 yards or more in a game this season.

Wake ForestEdit

Wake Forest at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Demon Deacons 3 71314 37
No. 5 Fighting Irish 7 24107 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2015 ND, 28–7

Though the Irish defense gave up a season-high 580 yards of offense and 37 points, the offense was dominant. The Irish rushed for 380 yards and racked up 710 total yards of offense, 10 yards shy of tying the school record. This was the seventh time in nine games this season the Irish rushed for over 300 yards.

Miami (Florida)Edit

Notre Dame at Miami (Florida)
(Catholics vs Convicts)
1 234Total
No. 3 Fighting Irish 0 080 8
No. 7 Hurricanes 14 1377 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–7–1 2016 ND, 30–27

In a highly anticipated matchup, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Miami Hurricanes met in a crucial game that had major College Football Playoffs implications for the winner. Miami would prevail in a one-sided contest in which the Hurricanes defense shut down the high powered offense of Notre Dame, including Heisman candidate Josh Adams. Coming into the game, the Irish had just two turnovers in the previous six games, including no turnovers during that span when quarterback Brandon Wimbush started. They turned it over four times in the contest that was turned into 24 points for the Hurricanes. A pick six by True Freshman Trajan Brady just before halftime gave Miami a commanding 27-0 lead at halftime and Notre Dame never recovered. The Irish had just 109 yards rushing (averaged 324 yards a game coming in), 8 points (averaged 41 points a game) and just 261 total yards of offense (averaged 440). With this loss, the Irish dropped out of the College Football Playoffs conversation.

NavyEdit

Navy at Notre Dame
(Rip Miller Trophy)
1 234Total
Midshipmen 0 1070 17
No. 9 Fighting Irish 3 777 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
76–13–1 2016 NAVY, 28–27

Another tough, competitive game between Notre Dame and Navy in this historic rivalry, as the Irish prevail 24–17. For Navy, after taking a 17–10 lead on a 12 yard touchdown pass from Zach Abey to Craig Scott in the 3rd quarter, Navy finished the game with a missed field, an interception and a turn over on downs, all in Irish territory. The Irish went up for good in the 4th quarter with a 9 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Wimbush to wide receiver Kevin Stepherson. A week after giving up 41 points, the Irish defense held Navy to just 17 points, despite Navy controlling the game clock 42:42 to 17:18.

Josh Adams ran for 106 yards on 18 carries. Josh Adams topped 3,000 career yards and now has the 4th highest single season rushing total in Notre Dame history at 1,337. He needs 101 yards next weekend against Stanford to break the record.

StanfordEdit

Notre Dame at Stanford
(Legends Trophy)
1 234Total
No. 9 Fighting Irish 7 3100 20
No. 20 Cardinal 7 7321 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–12 2016 STAN, 17–10

Heading into the 4th quarter, the Irish had a 20–17 lead in a tightly contested game, but back to back turnovers by the Irish turned the game around in a hurry, as the Cardinal took advantage and turned both turnovers into touchdowns. Less than five minutes into the final quarter, the Cardinal had a 38–20 lead. The Irish tried to play catch up for the rest of the quarter, but a turnover on downs and an interception at the goal line halted any comeback bid.

LSU (Citrus Bowl)Edit

Notre Dame vs LSU
(Citrus Bowl)
1 234Total
No. 14 Fighting Irish 0 3315 21
No. 16 Tigers 0 0710 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2014 ND, 31–28

With the Irish trailing 17-14 with less than 2 minutes to play, quarterback Ian Book connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass to tight end Myles Boykin, giving the Irish an improbable lead late in the game. The Irish defense would force LSU to turn the ball over on downs on the next series, securing Notre Dames first bowl win on New Years Day since January 1, 1994.[2]

The game started out fast for the Irish, as quarterback Brandon Wimbush connected on a 35-yard pass to receiver Equanimeous St. Brown on the first play of the game to the LSU 40 yard line. The drive later stalled as the Irish were stuffed on 4th and 1. The Irish offense would sputter for most of the first half, punting on five straight possessions. The Irish defense would make a key goal line stand in the 2nd quarter, as Notre Dame would stop LSU twice at the Irish 1 yard line, forcing LSU to kick a field goal (which missed), keeping the score tied 0–0. With Brandon Wimbush struggling to move the offense, quarterback Ian Book came in to relieve him. A field goal at the end of the half gave the Irish a 3–0 lead. In the second half, two Irish turnovers would give LSU momentum, including scoring a touchdown to give the Tigers their first lead of the game. In the 4th quarter, LSU would extend its lead to 14–6 with a 2 yard touchdown pass from Danny Etling to Derrius Guice on 3rd and goal. On the following possession, Book connected on a 29-yard pass to Myles Boykin on 3rd and 19 to extend the drive. Five plays later, The Irish got their first touchdown of the game with a 6-yard touchdown pass by Book to Michael Young. Running Back Josh Adams would run in the two-point conversion to tie the game. The Tigers would retake the lead with a 17 yard field goal with 2:03 left in the game.

The win would give Notre Dame 10 wins on the year, one year after the Irish finished a miserable 4–8 in 2016. This would be the second time in three seasons the Irish had 10 wins, and only the fifth time the Irish reached at least 10 wins since 2002.

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ND LSU
2 0:04 11 51 2:00 ND 46-yard field goal by Justin Yoon 3 0
3 11:37 5 43 2:16 LSU Derrius Guice 20-yard touchdown reception from Danny Etling, Jack Gonsoulin kick good 3 7
3 2:47 5 18 2:20 ND 49-yard field goal by Justin Yoon 6 7
4 11:13 12 75 6:34 LSU Derrius Guice 2-yard touchdown reception from Danny Etling, Jack Gonsoulin kick good 6 14
4 7:45 10 75 3:24 ND Michael Young 6-yard touchdown reception from Ian Book, 2-point pass good 14 14
4 2:03 12 76 5:46 LSU 17-yard field goal by Jack Gonsoulin 14 17
4 1:28 3 73 0:35 ND Miles Boykin 55-yard touchdown reception from Ian Book, Justin Yoon kick good 21 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 21 17

Post seasonEdit

AwardsEdit

All-Americans

Name AP AFCA FWAA TSN WCFF AA Athlon BR CBS ESPN Fox PFW SBN Scout SI USAT
Josh Adams, CB HM
Julian Love, CB HM 2
Mike McGlinchey, OT 1 2 1 1
Quenton Nelson, G 1 1 1 1 1
†denotes unanimous selection. NCAA recognizes a selection to all five of the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN and WCFF 1st teams for unanimous selections and three of five for consensus selections
Sources: [8][9][10]

ReferencesEdit