For the third time in four years, the Clemson Tigers will compete for a national title. The Tigers squared off against Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl, and while Clemson was favored to come out with a win, Dabo Swinney’s group was still dominant en route to a 30-3 victory.
The Tigers were able to dominate for two reasons. Offensively, true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who won the starting job early in the season, was outstanding, going 27-for-40 with 327 yards and three scores.
The exclamation point on the win, though, came after a 62-yard touchdown run by star running back Travis Etienne. While he was bottled up most of the night, all he needed was a little room on his third quarter score. Etienne got a little bit of daylight thanks to his offensive line and did the rest, exploding out of the backfield and into the end zone.
On the defensive side of the ball, Clemson was outstanding, even if star defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence did not suit up due to a suspension. The funny thing about the Tigers, though, is that even though Lawrence didn’t play, they still have three defensive linemen — Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant, and Clelin Ferrell — who are going to play in the NFL sooner rather than later.