Late touchdown dooms LSU in Citrus Bowl

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ORLANDO, FL -- No. 17 LSU gained a 17-14 advantage with 2:02 to play in a back-and-forth 2018 Citrus Bowl before No. 14 Notre Dame completed a 55-yard touchdown to hand the Tigers a 21-17 loss on a rainy New Year's Day in Camping World Stadium.

LSU running back Derrius Guice caught two touchdown passes, rushed 21 times for 98 yards and became the fifth Tiger to eclipse 3,000 career rushing yards. His final touch was a reception that came up inches from the goalline and led to a short field goal that put the Tigers ahead for 35 seconds of game time.

Notre Dame's Miles Boykin made a stellar one-handed catch along the right sideline to score the go-ahead touchdown with 1:28 to play.

LSU (9-4) outgained Notre Dame (10-3), 399-370, and dominated time of possession (37:32). However, the Tigers missed field goals of 22 and 37 yards and settled for a go-ahead field goal from inside the Irish 1-yard line in the game's final minutes.

LSU was 10-of-19 on third downs and rushed for 170 yards.

Quarterback Danny Etling completed 19-of-33 passes for 229 yards with two touchdowns. DJ Chark had five catches for 63 yards, while tight end Foster Moreau added 64 yards on four catches. Guice scored on passes of 20 and 2 yards, finishing with three grabs for 34 yards.

Notre Dame pulled starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush after his 3-for-8 start to the contest. Ian Book entered to complete 14-for-19 passes for 164 yards with an interception and two touchdowns. He also had seven rushes for 64 yards to overcome four sacks for minus-28.

Boykin, who was named the game's MVP, led all receivers with 102 yards including the game-winner.