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ND upsets No. 4 Clemson 35-14 in South Bend

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the No. 4 Clemson Tigers in a big upset on Saturday. The Fighting Irish won 35-14 over the Tigers at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. 

With the chaos of Saturday, the Tigers were one of three teams to lose in the Top 6. This may not affect them too far in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday.

Michael Mayer makes a reception against BYU earlier in the season (Photo by Michael Mayer/Instagram)

The Fighting Irish may re-enter the rankings with this dominant win. 

Notre Dame improved to 6-3 on the season. The Fighting Irish have won three straight games. 

The Tigers fell to 8-1 with the loss.

Clemson had their one-game win streak snapped in this series with this loss. The Tigers defeated the Fighting Irish 34-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game on December 20th, 2020. 

Despite the loss, Clemson still leads the all-time series 4-3. Notre Dame also won 47-40 on November 7th, 2020, also in South Bend. 

They also won the first game of the series. The Fighting Irish won 21-17 on November 12, 1977, in Clemson, South Carolina.

Fighting Irish quarterback Drew Pyne went 9 of 17 for 85 yards. He also had one touchdown pass.

Logan Diggs had 17 carries for 114 yards. Michael Mayer had four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown reception. 

Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei went 22 of 39 for 191 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception. 

Will Shipley had 12 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. Davis Allen had seven receptions for 70 yards.

Notre Dame was able to get out to an early lead on Clemson. Then, their defense came up big to stop the Tigers, who had their worst scoring output of the season. 

The Fighting Irish outscored the Tigers 21-14 in the second half. Audric Estime scored a two-yard rushing touchdown. 

Uiagalelei was intercepted by Benjamin Morrison. He then returned it for a 96-yard pick-six. 

Payne also hit Mayer for a 17-yard touchdown reception. 

Clemson’s Shipley had a one-yard rushing touchdown. Uiagalelei connected with Joseph Ngata for a four-yard touchdown reception. 

Notre Dame led 14-0 at halftime. Pyne scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown. 

The Fighting Irish blocked a punt by Tigers punter Aidan Swanson. Prince Kollie then returned it for a 19-yard touchdown. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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