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Dec 29, 2018

Clemson Claims Cotton Bowl

Clemson 30 • Notre Dame 3

Box Score • Clemson Post-Game Student-Athlete Quotes • Game Notes

The No. 2 Clemson football team advanced to its third College Football Playoff National Championship in four years by defeating the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 30-3, on Saturday afternoon in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. With the win, Clemson remained undefeated at 14-0 overall, while Notre Dame concluded its season at 12-1.

Trevor Lawrence completed 27 of 39 pass attempts for 327 yards and three touchdowns, including 19 of 26 for 264 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Justyn Ross in the first half alone. Travis Etienne ran for 109 yards on 14 carries, including a 62-yard touchdown run that pushed him past Wayne Gallman’s 2015 mark for the most rushing yards in a single season. Austin Bryant’s two sacks and six total tackles were one of the main sparks of a defensive effort that only allowed three points to a Notre Dame team averaging over 33 per game this season.


Photos by Carl Ackerman, David Platt & Madison Williams

Clemson will play next in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Monday, Jan. 7 against the winner of tonight’s Capital One Orange Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma. Fans wishing to secure official Clemson travel packages are encouraged to act now by visiting to book their trips while availability lasts. Fans are also encouraged to visit the Clemson Tigers Store to get official College Football Playoff merchandise.

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Game Notes

  • The game marked Clemson’s second appearance in the Cotton Bowl Classic and its first since the 1940 Cotton Bowl following the 1939 season. In that game, the Tigers defeated No. 11 Boston College, 6-3, in what was Clemson’s first win against a Top 20 team and the first bowl game in program history.
  • Clemson’s participation in the game pushed the school’s program-record streak of consecutive seasons with bowl appearances to 14 years. The streak is the eighth-longest in the country and the second-longest in the ACC.

First Half Photos

Photos by Carl Ackerman, David Platt & Madison Williams

Pregame Photos

Photos by Carl Ackerman, David Platt & Madison Williams