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Irish fight past LSU in Orlando

Badgers, Nittany Lions pick up New Year’s Six bowl victories

Notre Dame reciever Miles Boykin (81) hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass one-handed over LSU’s Donte Jackson during the Citrus Bowl on Monday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
Notre Dame reciever Miles Boykin (81) hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass one-handed over LSU’s Donte Jackson during the Citrus Bowl on Monday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Myles Boykin scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 remaining, and No. 14 Notre Dame got its first win in a New Year’s Day bowl since 1994 with a 21-17 win over No. 16 LSU in the Citrus Bowl on Monday in Orlando, Fla.

Three plays after Jack Gonsoulin’s 17-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 17-14 lead with 2:03 remaining, Boykin caught a pass from Ian Book with his right hand at the LSU 33, managed to elude cornerback Donte Jackson, and then broke a tackle attempt by John Battle up the right sideline for the game-winning score.

“Ian put it in place where only I could reach it,” Boykin said. “It was a great pass and I was just lucky enough to pull it down on one hand. I’ve got pretty big hands.”

Boykin, who saw increased playing time because of suspensions to two Notre Dame receivers, had three receptions for 102 yards and was named the game’s MVP. Book, who entered the game in the second quarter, was 14-for-19 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He replaced starter Brandon Wimbush, who struggled in the first five series, including three-and-outs on his last three.

The Fighting Irish (10-3) trailed 14-6 early in the fourth quarter but tied it on a 6-yard Michael Young reception and two-point conversion to Josh Adams. The win breaks a nine-game
losing streak by Notre Dame in bowls either in the New Year’s Six or played on Jan. 1.

LSU’s Danny Etling was 19-for-33 for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Derrius Guice, who had 98 yards on 21 carries.

Orange Bowl

No. 6 Wisconsin 34, No. 11 Miami 24: Alex Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Danny Davis, and the Badgers capped the winningest season in school history with a New Year’s Six win in Miami on Saturday.

Jonathan Taylor had 130 yards on 26 carries for the Badgers (13-1), who rallied from an early 14-3 deficit. Taylor finished the year with an FBS-freshman-record 1,977 rushing yards.

Hornibrook completed 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards, going 20-for-25 in the final three quarters. A.J. Taylor had a scoring catch for Wisconsin.

Fiesta Bowl

No. 9 Penn St. 35, No. 12 Washington 28: Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Saquon Barkley ran for 137 yards and two more scores, and the Nittany Lions outlasted the Huskies on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

Myles Gaskin’s 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter cut a once 28-7 PSU lead to 35-28, but the Lions worked the clock to under a minute on the next drive.

Penn State gained 545 total yards – the most against Washington this season – including 203 on the ground. The Nittany Lions were also 13-for-17 on third down, including three conversions on their final clock-draining drive.

Outback Bowl

South Carolina 26, Michigan 19: Jake Bentley threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns Monday to help South Carolina overcome a 16-point second-half deficit in Tampa, Fla.

The sophomore tossed scoring passes of 21 yards to Bryan Edwards and 53 yards to Shi Smith, the latter giving the Gamecocks their first lead early in the fourth quarter

Michigan (8-5) turned the ball over five times, including an end zone interception that denied it an opportunity to regain the lead with just under 8 minutes to go.

Brandon Peters had a tough day for Michigan, completing 20 of 44 passes for 186 yards and two interceptions. His second pick, with 1:05 remaining, sealed the loss.

Peach Bowl

No. 10 UCF 34, No. 7 Auburn 27: McKenzie Milton threw two touchdown passes and ran for 116 yards and another score, as Central Florida capped a 13-0 season Monday in Atlanta.

UCF turned a 20-13 deficit into a 34-20 lead before having to stop a late Auburn comeback. Antwan Collier’s interception in the end zone with 24 seconds remaining clinched the win.

After Auburn took a 20-13 lead in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by Kerryon Johnson, Milton threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Otis Anderson to tie the game. Milton, under pressure, zipped an 8-yard scoring pass to Dredrick Snelson early in the fourth to give the Knights the lead.

Chequan Burkett’s 45-yard interception return for a touchdown pushed the lead to 14 points.

The Knights sacked Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham six times. Auburn had only one sack.

Johnson ran for 71 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run that gave Auburn the lead in the third quarter.

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