NASHVILLE – The season did not end on a high note for LSU, which fell 31-28 to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl to finish the 2014 campaign at 8-5.
But that doesn't mean certain individuals failed to shine inside the home of the Tennessee Titans Tuesday afternoon.
The brightest star for the Tigers was freshman back Leonard Fournette, who waged an all-out assault on the Fighting Irish, finishing the ballgame with 264 all-purpose yards.
Fournette gashed the Golden Domers for 143 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on just 11 carries, sporting a robust 13.0 yard-per-carry average.
His 89-yard scoring jaunt with 6:14 to go in the third quarter, sprinting through and past the Notre Dame secondary, gave LSU its first lead of the contest at 28-21.
Earlier in the game, with 10:52 left in the second stanza, Fournette kept LSU afloat with a dazzling 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, answering an 11-play scoring drive from the Irish.
"I fumbled the ball a little bit then I took off, and I noticed most all the Notre Dame players on the ground," Fournette recalled of the special teams play. "So I saw the gap, and I took off with it."
The New Orleans native also ran into the history books on multiple occasions.
Not only was his 100-yard return the longest in Music City Bowl history, but, more significantly, his 1,034 yards rushing this season set the single-season record for a freshman in program history. Fournette ran past the mark of Justin Vincent, current LSU director of player personnel, who notched 1,001 yards in the Tigers' national championship season of 2003.
Through it all Fournette's focus remains on getting better, as evidenced by his evaluation of his debut season in Tiger Town. "I feel great. This was my learning season. I felt great about everything."
It's also his contention that LSU's offense by and large found a rhythm down the stretch, rebounding well from the disappointing seven-point showing at Auburn on Oct. 4.
"It's gotten better. We've gotten better overall," explained Fournette. "I appreciate Coach Cam [Cameron], Coach Les [Miles] and Coach Frank [Wilson] for helping us out and sticking with us through thick and thin."
Check out that and more from LSU's freshman phenom in the postgame video interview below.
Postgame Video: Leonard Fournette
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