Tigers blow out Fighting Irish in Cotton Bowl Classic

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Clemson Tigers have advanced to another College Football Playoff National Championship game. The No. 2 Tigers defeated the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 30-3, in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Tigers improved to 14-0 on the season. They have not lost a game since January 1st, 2018 in the Sugar Bowl, also a College Football Playoff Semifinal, against then-No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Clemson Tigers wide receiver Justyn Ross escapes a tackle during a touchdown reception against the Georgia Southern Eagles
Justyn Ross escapes a tackle during a touchdown reception against the Georgia Southern Eagles (Getty Images)

The Tigers will play the winner of the Orange Bowl for the National Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The No. 1 Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma Sooners are playing in that game.

Clemson is 1-1 in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Both times they faced the Crimson Tide.

The Tigers are 23-20 all-time in Bowl games. Their loss snapped a one-game Bowl losing streak, as they were defeated in the aforementioned Sugar Bowl to the Crimson Tide.

The Fighting Irish fell to 12-1 on the season. This loss snapped their 14-game win streak.

Their last loss was on November 25th, 2017 in a 38-20 loss to then-No. 20 Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California for the Legends Trophy.

Notre Dame fell to 17-19 all-time in Bowl games. This loss snapped their one-game Bowl win streak, as they defeated the LSU Tigers, 21-17, in the Overton’s Citrus Bowl on January 1st, 2018 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 27 of 39 for 327 yards. He also had three touchdowns.

Travis Etienne had 14 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. Chase Brice had two carries for 31 yards.

Justyn Ross had six receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Hunter Renfrow had four receptions for 62 yards. Tee Higgins had four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown.

Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book went 17 of 34 for 160 yards. He also had an interception.

Dexter Williams had 16 carries for 54 yards. Book also had 17 carries for 30 yards.

Miles Boykin had five receptions for 69 yards. Williams had three receptions for 29 yards.

Clemson had seven points in the second half. Etienne scored on a 62-yard rushing touchdown.

The Tigers led 23-3 at halftime. Lawrence hit Ross for a 52-yard touchdown reception. Following this touchdown, Greg Huegel’s extra point was blocked.

Lawrence also hit Ross for a 42-yard touchdown reception. Lawrence hit Higgins for a 19-yard touchdown reception.

Huegel also made a 40-yard field goal.

Fighting Irish’s Justin Yoon also made a 28-yard field goal.

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