It looks as though we might have a back-and-forth affair on our hands in South Bend, Indiana, through one half. No. 4 Notre Dame leads No. 1 Clemson 23-13, and the Fighting Irish didn’t waste any time finding the scoreboard with Kyren Williams breaking free on the first drive of the game for a 65-yard touchdown.
The Fighting Irish had a chance to go up two touchdowns and were going for it on a fourth-and-1 from inside the 2-yard line when a false start penalty backed them up. They settled for a field goal to make it 10-0. Clemson responded with a touchdown of its own to shrink the advantage to 10-7, but then after its defense held the Irish to another field goal, Travis Etienne bobbled a toss in the backfield. Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was all too happy to pluck it out of the air and return it for a touchdown to make it 20-10 Irish.
The Tigers turned the ball over on their next possession as well with Owusu-Koromoah stripping Amari Rodgers of the ball. The Clemson defense held Notre Dame to another field goal, however. If you’re Notre Dame, you have to be happy with a halftime lead but regret not taking advantage of some golden opportunities. If you’re Clemson, you feel lucky to only be down 10 despite numerous mistakes.
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