2018 Vrbo Citrus Bowl
presented by Overton's
72nd Citrus Bowl
1234 Total
Notre Dame 03315 21
LSU 00710 17
DateJanuary 1, 2018
StadiumCamping World Stadium
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPMiles Boykin (Notre Dame)[1]
FavoriteLSU by 3
RefereeCooper Castleberry (Big 12)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersTV: Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Dave LaMont, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman
Citrus Bowl
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The 2018 Citrus Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on January 1, 2018, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. This was the 72nd edition of a game that has been played annually since 1946, under several different names. It was one of the 2017–18 NCAA football bowl games concluding the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The game was nationally televised on ABC. Sponsored by Overton's, a boating and marine supply retailer, the game was officially known as the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's.


The game featured the independent Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference; both teams finished the 2017 season with 9–3 records, and both teams finished in the top-20 of all major polls. Notre Dame, making their first appearance in the Citrus Bowl, was the designated visiting team. LSU, the designated home team, appeared in the game for the second season in a row, and fifth time overall. For the second year in a row, no Big Ten team appeared in the Citrus Bowl; since Wisconsin committed to the Orange Bowl, the Citrus Bowl was allowed to pick Notre Dame or an Atlantic Coast Conference team.

This was the fourth bowl meeting between the Fighting Irish and Tigers, with LSU winning twice previously, and Notre Dame once. LSU prevailed 27–9 in the 1997 Independence Bowl, and 41–14 in the 2007 Sugar Bowl, and Notre Dame won 31–28 in the 2014 Music City Bowl. Notre Dame and LSU met eight times in the regular season between 1970 and 1998, with the Irish holding a 5–3 edge.

Notre Dame

Main article: 2017 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

Notre Dame came into the game with a 9–3 record, having lost to Georgia, Miami (Florida), and Stanford. Each team they lost to was ranked in the top 20 of the AP Poll at the time they played.


Main article: 2017 LSU Tigers football team

LSU came into the game with a 9–3 record overall, 6–2 in the SEC. Their two SEC losses were to Mississippi State and Alabama (who was ranked number one in the AP Poll at the time). Their one non-conference loss was to Troy of the Sun Belt Conference.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ND LSU
2 0:04 11 51 2:00 ND 46-yard field goal by Justin Yoon 3 0
3 11:37 5 43 2:16 LSU Derrius Guice 20-yard touchdown reception from Danny Etling, Jack Gonsoulin kick good 3 7
3 2:47 5 18 2:20 ND 49-yard field goal by Justin Yoon 6 7
4 11:13 12 75 6:34 LSU Derrius Guice 2-yard touchdown reception from Danny Etling, Jack Gonsoulin kick good 6 14
4 7:45 10 75 3:24 ND Michael Young 6-yard touchdown reception from Ian Book, 2-point pass good 14 14
4 2:03 12 76 5:46 LSU 17-yard field goal by Jack Gonsoulin 14 17
4 1:28 3 73 0:35 ND Miles Boykin 55-yard touchdown reception from Ian Book, Justin Yoon kick good 21 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 21 17


1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Fighting Irish 0 3 3 15 21
No. 17 Tigers 0 0 7 10 17
Statistics ND LSU
First downs 18 22
Plays–yards 61–370 75–399
Rushes–yards 33–154 42–170
Passing yards 216 229
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 17–28–1 19–33–0
Time of possession 22:28 37:32
Team Category Player Statistics
ND Passing Ian Book 14/19, 164 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Josh Adams 15 car, 44 yds
Receiving Miles Boykin 3 rec, 102 yds, 1 TD
LSU Passing Danny Etling 19/33, 229 yds, 2 TD
Rushing Derrius Guice 21 car, 98 yds
Receiving D. J. Chark 5 rec, 63 yds


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  2. ^ Overton’s, Citrus Bowl pres by. "The official attendance for tonight's game is 57,726. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the #CitrusBowl!pic.twitter.com/hyNM2MDVNo".