Notre Dame students rush field after upset OT win over Clemson

The No. 1 team in the country was without the top quarterback in the nation on Saturday night in South Bend, but behind a monster game from backup D.J. Uiagelelei, Clemson staged a major second-half comeback to take a lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. What followed was one of the wildest finishes of the college football season, marred by a sequence of incredibly long reviews.

Clemson running back Travis Etienne scored from three yards out to give Clemson a 33-26 lead with 3:33 remaining, and the Tigers defense then forced a turnover on downs to regain possession. Needing to stop Clemson, Notre Dame responded with a crucial three-and-out on defense, and Ian Book  led the Irish on a 91-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Avery Davis.

In the second overtime period, Notre Dame faced a 2nd-and-20, but Clemson was called for a crucial personal foul for a late hit that gave Notre Dame a first down. An Ian Book pass to Ben Skowronek gave the Irish a 1st-and-goal from the three-yard line, and Kyren Williams scored a touchdown on the next play. Williams opened the game with a 65-yard touchdown run and finished with 140 rushing yards

Notre Dame’s Adetokunbo Ogundeji put Clemson in a major hole with back-to-back sacks of D.J. Uiagalelei, forcing Clemson into a daunting 3rd-and-24 situation. A pass on third down to Davis Allen was incomplete, and with the game on the line, Clemson could not convert on 4th-and-24. Notre Dame students and fans in the stands rushed the field, creating an unreal scene in what has been an unusual college football season.


Notre Dame students rush field after upset OT win over Clemson