LSU took a 17-14 lead over Notre Dame on a 17-yard field goal by Jack Gonsoulin with 2:03 to play in the Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium Monday afternoon.
Huge trouble for the Irish? The undefeated Knights have sacked Jarrett Stidham five times, forced one fumble, and held Auburn out of the end zone, claiming a 13-6 lead at the midpoint of the Peach Bowl. An old jersey, No. 3 for Joe Montana, still hangs in his house. Etling signed with nearby Purdue before eventually transferring to LSU.
"Once I began loving football more than basketball, I grew up thinking I'd be a quarterback for Notre Dame", Etling told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "But they barely recruited me".
ABOVE VIDEO: The two teams met recently in bowl action, as Notre Dame edged LSU 31-28 on a last second field goal in the 2014 Music City Bowl in Nashville.
An illegal block on the return had LSU with its back to the goalline at its 8, and Von Rosenberg had to come back out to punt from his endzone.
Both teams want to make a strong showing in order to secure a 10-win season.
Prediction: The Irish have mass distractions and Brian Kelly is by no means a great coach. Meanwhile, LSU is searching for its first 10-win campaign since 2013 under ex-coach Les Miles, since replaced by Ed Orgeron. And it was a game plan that vaulted the Irish into the thick of playoff contention.
Greenberg's pick: Notre Dame, 27-23. "I think the Dave Aranda defense is spectacular".
Not everyone on the team made the trip. On the other side, Cameron Smith (hamstring) is probable, while Chase Claypool (shoulder), Deon McIntosh (suspension), Brock Wright (shoulder), Kevin Stepherson (disciplinary) and C.J. Holes (disciplinary). He connected with Equanimeous St.
The Irish trailed LSU 17-14 with less than two minutes to play.
The Fighting Irish enter the game with the nation's No. 7-ranked rushing offense and are led by running back Josh Adams, who has run for 1,386 yards on the season.
LSU waited until later in the week before traveling to Orlando. He added 107 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Tigers drove 75 yards in 12 plays for the score. Wideout Russell Gage (19 catches, 270 yards) and tight end Foster Moreau (20 catches, 214 yards) also hauled in three touchdowns apiece. Guice missed several bowl practices because of a knee injury but returned to practice on Tuesday and is expected to be ready for the game. A month layoff gives Brian Kelly and Chip Long the opportunity to do just that, and to do it against an LSU defense without three of its starting linebackers - and 127 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a result.
In what may have been the biggest play of the bowl season, Miles Boykin will certainly be remembered by the LSU Tigers.
This marks the 12th meeting between the teams.
LSU (9-4) outgained Notre Dame (10-3), 399-370, and dominated time of possession (37:32).
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