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The Journal Gazette

Monday, December 04, 2017 1:00 am

Irish, Boilers accept bowl bids

Staff, news services

Notre Dame and Purdue learned their bowl fates Sunday.

The Irish will play LSU in the Citrus Bowl at noon New Year's Day at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

“We're thrilled with the opportunity and excited about the challenge that awaits us with LSU, one of the premier programs in all of college football,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “We had quite a battle with the Tigers a few years ago in a bowl game, and I'd expect a similar contest this time around.”

Notre Dame (9-3) will look to bounce back after losing two of its final three regular-season games. LSU (9-3) won its final three games.

Notre Dame holds a 6-5 lead in the all-time series. The Irish won the last meeting, 31-28, in the 2014 Music City Bowl.

Purdue will be playing Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

“We're definitely excited to be accepted to the Foster Farms Bowl,” coach Jeff Brohm said. “It's something our players and our staff have worked extremely hard for.”

The Boilermakers (6-6) earned the trip in Brohm's first season.

“It's kind of where I really learned some of the game at the highest level,” said Brohm, who played quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for three seasons.

It is the first bowl appearance for the Boilermakers since 2013.

“We're just looking to make this a season that we can pass down to our underclassmen and have them build off of it,” senior defensive end Gelen Robinson said.