LSU 41 - ND 14
In the end, LSU was just too strong of a team for the Irish. LSU is one of the premier teams in college football, there can be little denial. They play in the SEC which is arguably the best conference in the NCAA, they are used to playing other stellar teams. But give Charlie Weiss some credit, here. He has Willingham's players playing better, than Willingham did.
Next year there will be more Weiss recruits around and that will be the measuring stick as to whether or not, ND is truly back from the lethargy that slipped up on them, after the departure of Lou Holtz. Next year will be the test. But for now, the coach has maximized the effort of the just above average Brady Quinn and his other teammates, he got the best from them. LSU was just too good for them.