LSU SAFETY Ronald Martin (26) reaches for an incomplete pass that was intended for Notre Dame wide receiver William Fuller (7) during the second half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game on Tuesday in Nashville. Notre Dame beat LSU 31- 28 on a last second field goal.

LSU SAFETY Ronald Martin (26) reaches for an incomplete pass that was intended for Notre Dame wide receiver William Fuller (7) during the second half of the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game on Tuesday in Nashville. Notre Dame beat LSU 31- 28 on a last second field goal.

NASHVILLE

Notre Dame and senior kicker Kyle Brindza got the finish they had missed too often the last half of the season. Beating a Southeastern Conference team in southern territory only made it that much sweeter.

Brindza hit a 32-yard field goal as time expired, and Notre Dame upset No. 22 LSU 31-28 in a Music City Bowl shootout Tuesday.

“This was a matchup that we had wanted at Notre Dame, and I know LSU felt the same way,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “We wanted to be challenged. We were disappointed in the way we played obviously at the end of the year, and our guys wanted the opportunity to finish the season the right way.”

The Tigers were unsuccessful on a fake field goal at the end of the first half, a call that stood on review even though replays appeared to show the ball crossing the goal line. The Fighting Irish (8-5) also blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt by Trent Domingue early in the fourth quarter.

Kelly watched the fake field goal on the video board and thought the Irish stopped holder Brad Kragthorpe short. LSU coach Les Miles thought Kragthorpe scored and wasn’t happy the play wasn’t overturned for a touchdown. Miles also wasn’t pleased at the lack of better replays that might have shown Kragthorpe got the ball over the line before his knee went down.

“The guy that carried the ball, forcing it, said he absolutely scored,” Miles said. “Kids will be kids, but this guy’s going to tell the truth.”

Notre Dame got the ball with 5:41 left and never gave it back, driving 71 yards in 14 plays before Brindza finished off the win.

“We dictated the outcome by controlling the football,” Kelly said. “Obviously, if LSU has the football with No. 7 (Leonard Fournette), he’s a game changer. We certainly couldn’t give them the football back.”

Kelly went with sophomore Malik Zaire for his first career start, but he also played senior Everett Golson, using both quarterbacks on the winning drive.

Notre Dame held the ball for 37 minutes but finished with a 449-436 edge in total offense against the SEC’s toughest defense thanks only to that final drive. Golson was 4 of 5 for 50 yards passing on it, including a 12-yard completion to Ben Koyack on third-and-10. Zaire finished off the drive with a couple of rushes to set up Brindza.

Brindza had missed 6 of 9 field goals in the last five games of the regular season, including a 32-yarder late in a loss to Louisville.

“To leave a program so historic like this in this kind of fashion is great,” Brindza said. “It’s a blessing for me, but also to be able to help win a game for all my teammates is a bigger blessing.”

The Fighting Irish were ranked as high as fifth before dropping four straight and five of their final six, struggling in the fourth quarter against Florida State, Northwestern, Arizona State and Louisville. Kelly set a target of controlling the ball for 9 minutes each quarter, and they beat that by a minute for the game.

Zaire rushed 22 times for 96 yards and was 12 of 15 for 96 yards passing. He threw for a TD and ran for another. Golson was 6 of 11 for 90 yards passing, and Kelly said the senior needed a painkilling shot after taking a hit to his ribs earlier in the game.

LSU (8-5) lost for the first time this season to a team not from the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division. Fournette ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and the freshman also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score.

Miles said after the game he heard media reports that defensive coordinator John Chavis is leaving for Texas A&M but planned to make another pitch to keep the coach nicknamed Chief.

The Tigers’ final three touchdowns took all of 38 seconds. Fournette had his kick return, and his 89-yard TD run later gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at 28-21 with 6:14 left in the third quarter. In between, Anthony Jennings connected with John Diarse on a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

But LSU didn’t score again after Fournette’s TD run, the longest play from scrimmage in this bowl’s history. Isaac Rochell blocked Domingue’s field goal attempt with 11:56 left.

Late in the first half, Notre Dame stopped LSU at the Irish 1 on a thirddown pass, so the Tigers lined up for a field goal attempt. But Kragthorpe took off on a fake, bumping into teammate Terrence McGee on his way to the end zone. Officials ruled Kragthorpe short, and the call wasn’t reversed.

Belk Bowl

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Nick Chubb ran for a career-high 266 yards and two touchdowns, and Georgia overcame an injury to starting quarterback Hutson Mason to beat Louisville, 37-14, in the Belk Bowl.

Chubb averaged 8 yards per carry and the Bulldogs (10-3) piled up 301 yards rushing against the nation’s second best run defense.

Mason threw for 149 yards and a touchdown before leaving with blurred vision in the second quarter with the Bulldogs ahead 20-7. He was replaced by Brice Ramsey, whose primary duty was to hand the ball off to Chubb.

Georgia’s defense came up with four turnovers, with Dominick Sanders recording two interceptions.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Bolin made his first career start for Louisville and finished 20 of 40 for 301 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. Brandon Radcliff ran for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Fosters Farm Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Hogan threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, Remound Wright ran for three short scores and Stanford overwhelmed Maryland, 45-21, in the Foster Farms Bowl.

On a chilly, windy night in Silicon Valley, the Cardinal (8-5) blew past the Terrapins with the kind of complete performance that had eluded them most of the season. Stanford outgained Maryland 414 to 222 yards and looked right at home at Levi’s Stadium, only about 11 miles from its campus.

It was the most points scored in a bowl game in Stanford history.

Maryland missed a chance for its first postseason win since 2010, when it beat East Carolina in the Military Bowl. The Terrapins (7-6) lost three of their final four games.


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