Buchner accounts for 5 TDs, Notre Dame wins Gator Bowl 45-38

Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner (12) holds with the MVP trophy after the team's Gator Bowl...
Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner (12) holds with the MVP trophy after the team's Gator Bowl NCAA college football game against South Carolina on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. Notre Dame won 45-38. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)(ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Published: Dec. 30, 2022 at 9:03 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Tyler Buchner accounted for five touchdowns to help offset two interceptions returned for TDs, and No. 19 Notre Dame beat 20th-ranked South Carolina 45-38 in a wild TaxSlayer Bowl.

The highest-scoring game in Gator Bowl history was filled with big plays and memorable moments. But Buchner delivered the knockout blow when he found tight end Mitchell Evans wide open for a 16-yard touchdown on a third-and-7 play with 1:38 remaining. Buchner, who regained the starting job after Drew Pyne entered the transfer portal following the regular-season finale, threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 61 yards and two scores.

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