Clemson dominates Notre Dame for ACC title
In the long awaited rematch of top-4 teams, Clemson avenged its earlier loss to Notre Dame. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was one of a few key Clemson players missing in the first game, threw for 322 yards and had three total touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 34-10 victory. The win gives Clemson its sixth straight ACC title.
After an early interception from Lawrence, a missed field goal by Notre Dame appeared to change the momentum. The Tigers would score just three plays later on a 67-yard pass from Lawrence to Amari Rodgers. Clemson would score 24 unanswered points as its defense held Notre Dame to just 67 total yards of offense to end the half.
Clemson continued its dominance in the second half, building a 31-3 lead. The Notre Dame offense looked lifeless and managed just 129 yards in the second half-- 75 of which came on the only Irish touchdown drive of the game. The Tigers sacked quarterback Ian Book six times in the game, making it difficult for any offense to emerge.
Travis Etienne added 124 rushing yards and a touchdown for Clemson.
Book had the best performance on Notre Dame's side, throwing for 219 yards on 20 of 28 passing.
Both teams have made the playoff. Clemson rises to No. 2 and plays No. 3 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. Notre Dame falls to No. 4 and will face No.1 Alabama in the Rose Bowl.