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Sun Bowl Win a Springboard for Irish

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Fireworks crackled overhead and snowflakes fluttered to the turf and Notre Dame moved about the Sun Bowl turf a bit, well, unmoved. An acutely resolute performance capped off a stirring late-season renewal while gutting former bitter rival Miami as it slinks back to the drawing board.

A 33-17 victory before a Sun Bowl-record crowd of 54,021 was everything the Irish needed it to be. So they ceremoniously doused coach Brian Kelly. They hugged and snapped photos. They serenaded game MVP Michael Floyd with a "One more year!" chant as they closed with four...

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