Kyren Williams scores 3 TDs, as ND defeats Clemson for first-time since 1977

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish update the No. 1 Clemson Tigers on Saturday. The Fightning Irish won 47-40 over the Tigers at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

This was just the fifth meeting all-time between the two schools. The win snapped a three-game win streak for the Tigers.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Kyren Williams carries the football against the Clemson Tigers
Kyren Williams carries the football against the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Notre Dame Football/Instagram)

Notre Dame won their first game since November 1977. The Fightning Irish won that game 21-17 over the Tigers.

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Only once has the two teams faced each other in the Bowl games. Clemson won 30-3 in the 2018 Cotton Bowl on December 29th, 2018.

The win improved the Fighting Irish to 7-0 on the season. The Tigers fell to 7-1.

The Tigers played their second straight game without projected 2021 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. He has been sidelined with a coronavirus diagnoses.

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While Lawrence was healthy after testing positive for the virus. Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney refused to use him in the game.

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book went 22 of 39 for 310 yards. He had one touchdown.

Kyren Williams had 23 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Javon McKinley had 5 receptions for 102 yards.

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Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei went 29 of 44 for 439 yards. He also had two touchdown passes.

Travis Etienne had 18 carries for 28 yards and one touchdown. Cornell Powell had six receptions for 161 yards and one touchdowns.

Williams had the aforementioned three rushing touchdowns for the Fighting Irish, including both overtime scores. Avery Davis also caught a touchdown reception.

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Jonathan Doerer also had three field goals. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah also had a 23-yard fumble return.

Etienne had one rushing touchdown for the Tigers. Uiagalelei also had a one-yard rushing touchdown in overtime.

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Powell and Davis Allen had two receiving touchdowns. B.T. Potter also made field goals.

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