Clemson Defeats Notre Dame 30-3

Advances to National Title

December 29, 2018 - 8:00 pm

The first round of the College Football Playoffs got underway Saturday afternoon, and the Clemson Tigers were ready.

They defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 30-3 to earn their spot in the College Football National Championship.

Notre Dame held Clemson to under 50 total yards in the first 15 minutes, and the two teams were tied 3-3 as the second quarter got started.

But the Tigers pulled away in the second quarter when quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, hooked up with Justyn Ross for a pair of long touchdown passes.

Lawrence capped off an impressive second quarter with a 19-yard touchdown strike to Tee Higgins with only 2 seconds left in the first half.

Clemson’s dominant second quarter led to a 23-3 lead at the half.

Notre Dame’s struggles continued in the second half as Clemson running back, Travis Etienne, busted up the middle for a 62-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

The Tigers would go one to control the clock and keep the Fighting Irish out of the end zone before finally being crowned Cotton Bowl champions.

The Tigers are now headed to their third National Championship game in last 4 years.

Clemson will look to claim their 3rd National Title in school history on January 7th, at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

ESPN Upstate’s exclusive coverage of the College Football Playoffs will continue on January 7th for the National Title Game.

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