Notre Dame outlasts South Carolina in Gator Bowl
Notre Dame defeated South Carolina 45-38 on Friday night in the Gator Bowl.
The Fighting Irish mostly dominated this game, but a pair of pick-6’s from Tyler Buchner kept South Carolina in the game until the final minute. Notre Dame got a stop with under 30 seconds remaining to secure the win.
Besides the interceptions, Buchner was otherwise effective in this game. He threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns in the win. He also rushed for two touchdowns.
Buchner was named Gator Bowl MVP for his five-touchdown performance:
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Notre Dame’s rushing attack also stood tall. Audric Estime and Logan Diggs combined for 184 yards on just 27 carries.
Defensively, Notre Dame struggled at times in the first half but settled in after the break. South Carolina managed just five first downs and averaged only 3.8 yards per play in the second half.
The win moves Notre Dame to 9-4 on the season. The Irish won nine of their last 11 games after starting the year with an 0-2 record.