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Trevor Lawrence had 412 yards of offense and three touchdowns, Travis Etienne ran for 124 yards and a score, and Clemson dominated Notre Dame 34-10 on Saturday to win its sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship. (Source:
CHARLOTTE — Having sinned against 21st-century college football nature on the night of Nov. 7, an excellent Notre Dame team spent a chunk of Saturday in a thumping atonement. It atoned all through the 34-10 mauling it took from the Clemson dynasty, atoned with 263 yards after 518 the previous time, atoned as the big-boy rushing totals flipped from 208-34 in favor to 219-44 against, atoned for those 47 points back then to their puny 10 just now, and kept atoning until it will have to rely upon a 13-member committee for forgiveness.
Tigers RB Travis Etienne broke loose for a 44-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-one play to give the Tigers a 24-3 lead with 21 seconds left in the first half, extending the largest deficit Notre Dame has faced this season. Deja Vu: a Notre Dame-Clemson Rematch With Clemson quarterbackTrevor Lawrence warms up before an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool) (Source:Title Stakes
Needing a win to ensure a College Football Playoff position, Clemson left no doubt Saturday in a 34-10 win over Notre Dame in the ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C. Notre Dame (10-1), meanwhile, now waits and hopes it did enough in its first 10 games to earn a spot in the Playoff. The Irish will learn their CFP fate at noon ET on Sunday. "I think we belong in it," Irish quarterback Ian Book said. "It's our first loss. We played 11 football games; That's a lot of football games. Beat the No. 1 team, beat the No. 15 team on the road. I think we deserve it. I think tonight wasn't our night. Everybody who's played football before understands there's bad nights and that was tonight." The No. 2 Irish defeated the No. 3 Tigers (10-1) in overtime in the regular season, but were no match for them on Saturday. Trevor Lawrence, who missed the regular-season meeting after testing positive for COVID-19, threw for 322 yards, and Travis Etienne rushed for 124 to pace Clemson. Lawrence threw for two touchdowns and ran for one — a 34-yard rushing score that pushed Clemson's lead to 31-3. Clemson had a field day on the ground vs. Notre Dame, rushing for 217 yards on 26 carries as a team. "This is not a knock on anybody else out there. But it’s so obvious who the best player in the country is," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "I hate to even have to campaign for him." The Tigers' defense, sacked Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book six times and holding the Irish to 70 yards in the second and third quarters combined. Notre Dame got little going in the run game, as Clemson recorded 10 tackles for loss. Book finished 20 of 28 for 219 yards. Swinney also campaigned for Notre Dame after Clemson's thorough victory. "Absolutely Notre Dame deserves to be in because they're daggum 10-1," Swinney said. "No way would I punish someone for playing more games. That's what we seem to be doing. ... I don't get that. Notre Dame should be in." Clemson did lose senior safety Nolan Turner, its second-leading tackler, to a targeting ejection in the second half, meaning he'll have to miss the first half of the team's Playoff semifinal. (Source: theathletic.com)
theathletic.com)Grace Raynor, Clemson beat writer: Clemson deserves the No. 2 seed after what it did to Notre Dame on Saturday in Charlotte. The Tigers didn't just avenge a loss from earlier this season ― they clobbered the No. 2 team in the country. A team that entered the matchup undefeated, no less. Lawrence was sensational and the Tigers' defense had every answer in the book. Clemson knew it had to win Saturday to guarantee a spot in the Playoff, and the Tigers proved once again they own the national stage. After winning their sixth consecutive conference title, they should be No. 2 on Sunday. (Source:
Pete Sampson, Notre Dame beat writer: Notre Dame put its worst performance on tape at the worst time. There's little shame in getting picked apart by Lawrence. He was always the reason why the Tigers were double-digit favorites. In that way, a predictable Irish weakness in the secondary got exposed. But Notre Dame failed to hold up along the offensive line, which was a shocking showing for a group that's been good all season. On that front, the line play feels more like a one-off instead of a revelation that it wasn't that good of a group all along. So, was Notre Dame exposed or was Saturday a one-off? A little of both.
Stewart Mandel, college football editor in chief: What they should do and what they will do may be two different answers. Notre Dame still has a better resume ― two Top-25 wins (Clemson and UNC), four over teams with winning records (those two plus Pitt and Boston College) ― than Texas A&M (one Top-25 win over Florida, only one other victory over a winning team, 6-4 Auburn). But the CFP has never taken a team that lost its last game, much less in a blowout, and the committee might have a hard time looking past that last impression. (Source: theathletic.com)
The Athletic's Pete Sampson and Matt Fortuna have instant reaction to Notre Dame's blowout loss to Clemson...
During a year of extraordinary circumstances, the Irish and their closest conference ally made an imperfect situation work out for the best. (Source: theathletic.com)
Notre Dame had an opportunity to make a statement in a rematch with Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, but it was Clemson who put the nation on notice in a blowout 34-10 victory in Charlotte.
The Irish offense struggled throughout the game against Clemson, with the team going scoreless in the second and third quarters of the contest against a ferocious Tiger attack. (Source: www.nbcchicago.com)