ORLANDO, Fla. – Notre Dame took a 14-3 lead into the final quarter against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl thanks to a spectacular catch by Michael Floyd.
Floyd turned an underthrown pass from the Seminoles' 5 into history.
The senior receiver ripped the ball out of cornerback Greg Reid's hands, juggled it a few times then came down with a touchdown catch as he got nailed by linebacker Nigel Bradham.
The TD, which gave the Irish a 14-0 lead with 11:24 to play in the third quarter, was also Floyd's 100 reception of the season. He is the first Notre Dame player with 100 catches in a single season.
Florida State responded with a 77-yard kickoff return by Lamarcus Joyner that brought the Seminoles to Notre Dame's 21-yard line.
But the Irish defense forced the Seminoles to settle for a 42-yard field goal after defensive end Aaron Lynch sacked quarterback EJ Manuel for a 15-yard loss.
The game is still being ruled by the defense as Florida State has 162 yards and Notre Dame has 174 after three quarters. The Seminoles will have the ball on the Irish 18 to start the fourth.