No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Notre Dame are facing off in a massive top-five matchup Saturday night that, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has a decidedly ACC flair.
Both teams will be missing key players, but no absence will be bigger than that of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who won’t play after he tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 29. (ACC protocols will allow him to watch the game from Clemson’s sidelines, however).
That sets up an intriguing quarterback battle between Notre Dame’s Ian Book — who has only three career losses as a starter — and star Clemson freshman D.J. Uigalelei, who spurred a 15-point halftime comeback in a narrow win over Boston College. Add to that the Fighting Irish’s history against No. 1 teams in Notre Dame Stadium, and you have the makings of a potential all-time classic.
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Notre Dame vs. Clemson score
Notre Dame vs. Clemson live updates, highlights
Third quarter: Notre Dame 23, Clemson 23
9:53 p.m.: The ruling on the field stands, giving the Irish a big play they desperately needed after giving up 10 points.
9:52 p.m.: And the Irish finally hit the long ball! Ball connects with McKinley for a long gain at the Clemson 30-yard line, but the play is under review.
9:51 p.m.: Notre Dame back at it for only its second drive of the half (Clemson has had the ball for 9:14).
9:47 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, CLEMSON. Uigalelei fakes the handoff left, takes the bootleg right and finds tight end Davis Allen alone for the 10-yard touchdown. That makes it 23-23 with 4:12 remaining in the third quarter.
9:43 p.m.: Uigalelei takes the shotgun snap and goes over the left guard on the attempt; he’s hit in the backfield but manages to power through for a first down just past the 10. The Tigers have it first-and-goal.
9:42 p.m.: Timeout Clemson, 5:10
9:41 p.m.: Decision time now for Dabo Swinney. Uigalelei hits Braden Galloway, who’s down inches short of the first down at the 10-yard line.
9:40 p.m.: Uigalelei rolls right and throws a nice pass to Etienne with a defender right in his face. The Tigers have a new set of downs after the third-and-5 conversion at the Notre Dame 20.
9:38 p.m.: Two more plays and Clemson has another first down at roughly the 36.
9:36 p.m.: Two plays and Clemson is already across midfield. A big drive here for the Tigers, obviously.
9:32 p.m.: Clemson forces Notre Dame to three-and-out after Book can’t connect with Avery Davis on the long attempt. The Tigers will take over at their 40 after a 31-yard punt.
9:30 p.m.: Notre Dame back at it but the Irish go backward 3 yards on the first play of the half.
9:26 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, CLEMSON. Potter knocks it through for the 46-yarder. That brings the score to 23-16 Notre Dame with 12:15 in the third quarter.
9:25 p.m.: Notre Dame sends a timely blitz, and Uigalelei throws it away. It looks like intentional grounding but officials don’t call it. It’s third-and-9 from the 30.
9:22 p.m.: Uigalelei connects with Powell for 11 yards to the Notre Dame 30, but guard Matt Bockhorst is down on the play.
9:21 p.m.: Notre Dame sold out to stop the run on third-and-short, but Uigalelei hits Rodgers by himself on the sideline. The receiver takes it all the way to the Notre Dame 41 after the 15-yard gain.
9:18 p.m.: We’re back at it. Clemson gets the ball at its 35 out of halftime.
Halftime: Notre Dame 23, Clemson 13
(All times Eastern)
9 p.m.: Some halftime stats:
First downs: Notre Dame 11; Clemson 9
Third-down conversions: Notre Dame 5 of 9; Clemson 2 of 6
Total yards: Notre Dame 245; Clemson 225
Passing yards: Clemson 220; Notre Dame 101
Rushing yards: Notre Dame 144; Clemson 5
Penalties: Notre Dame 3 for 25; Clemson 2 for 16
Time of possession: Notre Dame 19:07; Clemson 10:53
8:58 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT, NOTRE DAME Doeren’s kick is dead-on accurate, but it doesn’t have the leg. Etienne fields the kick and nearly returns it for a touchdown. But the holder, Jay Bramblett, stops him from taking it all the way. Exciting way to end the half.
8:56 p.m.: That’s the Irish’s last timeout. From here this looks like a 57-yard field goal try. The field goal team is coming on.
8:56 p.m.: Timeout, Notre Dame, 0:03
8:55 p.m.: Timeout, Notre Dame, 0:17
8:54 p.m.: Notre Dame nears midfield with 22 seconds remaining in the half. Looking for a last-second field goal, by the looks of things.
8:53 p.m.: Book gains 9 yards on the quarterback draw. Trying to get a quick score here?
8:51 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, CLEMSON. The Tigers can’t convert on third down (Uigalelei tries to hit Etienne underneath zone coverage, but the pass is broken up). But Potter blasts his own 45-yard field goal to make it 23-13 Notre Dame with 1:13 remaining in the half.
8:50 p.m.: Next play, Uigalelei goes right on the fake quarterback power before pulling up to hit Etienne out of the backfield for a 22-yard gain to the Irish 28.
8:48 p.m.: Braden Galloway makes a 27-yard reception on the first play of the drive to get Clemson out to the Notre Dame 48.
8:46 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, NOTRE DAME. Doerer nails it to make it 23-10, Notre Dame, with 2:41 left in the half.
8:45 p.m.: Timeout, Clemson, 2:46
8:45 p.m.: Notre Dame can’t get a first down on third-and-22, but it does give itself a 45-yard field goal attempt.
8:43 p.m.: Skowronek is called for a blindside block, backing up the Irish 15 yards to the 40. Not a great start early for the Irish there.
8:41 p.m.: FUMBLE RECOVERY, NOTRE DAME. The play stands as called on the field, making that another fantastic play by Owusu-Koramoah (and a second straight turnover by Clemson). Notre Dame takes over at Clemson’s 25-yard line.
8:40 p.m.: Officials on the field rule that Rodgers catches a pass and fumbles the ball before Notre Dame defensive back Nick McCloud recovers. The play is under review.
8:35 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, NOTRE DAME. For the second straight week, Clemson allows a defensive touchdown: Uigalelei tosses right to Etienne, but Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (who was supposed to be blocked by Rodgers) was already in the area. The ball bounces off Etienne’s hands directly into Owusu-Koramoah’s hands, and he takes the fumble recovery back 23 yards for a score. It’s 20-10, Notre Dame, with 5:53 left in the half.
8:33 p.m.: Clemson sends a blitz and Notre Dame picks it up. That said, Book can’t connect on the long pass with two receivers in the area. The Irish punt for the first time and give the ball back to the Tigers at their 31.
8:32 p.m.: One play later, sophomore defensive end K.J. Henry sacks Book for a 7-yard loss — the first sack by either team.
8:31 p.m.: Skowronek gets the catch and breaks four tackles to get 5 or 6 yards after the catch for a first down.
8:30 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, CLEMSON. B.T. Potter knocks the 25-yarder through to make it 13-10, Notre Dame, with 8:32 left in the half.
8:28 p.m.: Clemson can’t convert another third down and will attempt the field goal.
8:27 p.m.: (For those of you watching the game live on NBC, the game is now on USA Network).
8:25 p.m.: Uigalelei avoids the pressure on third-and-12 and finds Rodgers in the open space for the conversion. Clemson is driving at the 13 after the 17-yard gain.
8:24 p.m.: Rodgers gets another big gainer: 34 yards to the Notre Dame 27. The Irish defense is on its heels a little early in this drive.
8:22 p.m.: Amari Rodgers takes the short option route, breaks a tackle and takes it up the sideline for a 27-yard gain to the Clemson 39.
8:21 p.m.: Etienne takes the kickoff out from the goal line and only gets to the 12 before he’s smacked. Another long field for Clemson upcoming.
8:20 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, NOTRE DAME. Doerer goes 2 for 2 on the night, nailing the 27-yarder to make it 13-7, Notre Dame, with 13:09 left in the half.
8:19 p.m.: Book rolls right and tries to hit Mayer underneath, but he drops it (could have been a touchdown). The Irish will now attempt a 27-yard field goal.
8:15 p.m.: Timeout, Notre Dame, 13:20
8:14 p.m.: Williams gets a nice 15-yard gain on second-and-7 to net the Irish a fresh set of downs at Clemson’s 10-yard line.
8:12 p.m.: Book and Uigalelei combined to complete 10 of 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter. Impressive.
First quarter: Notre Dame 10, Clemson 7
8:10 p.m.: Another third-down conversion for Notre Dame: Book is money again, hitting Tremble for 14 yards and a new set of downs at the Clemson 42. He follows that up with another connection to McKinley for another 14-yard gain to the Clemson 28.
8:08 p.m.: Book hits tight end Ben Skowronek on third-and-4 for a 7-yard gain out to the Irish 38.
8:06 p.m.: Notre Dame gets the ball back at its 25 following the kickoff.
8:04 p.m.: Uigalelei, by the way, is 5 for 5 for 83 yards and a score through two drives.
8:01 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, CLEMSON. Uigalelei hits Cornell Powell for a 53-yard touchdown on the deep post. That makes it 10-7, Notre Dame, with 4:11 remaining in the first quarter. That comes one play after Uigalelei converted third-and-2 with a 14-yard strike to Joseph Ngata.
8 p.m.: Uigalelei hits Etienne out of the backfield for the second time early; Irish might want to key in on that. The play goes for 7 yards.
7:59 p.m.: Clemson back at it at its 25.
7:54 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, NOTRE DAME. Freshman tight end Michael Mayer flinched before the fourth-and-inches attempt, backing the Irish up 5 yards and prompting a 24-yard field goal attempt by Jonathan Doerer. He converts it and gives Notre Dame a 10-0 lead with 5:55 remaining in the first quarter.
7:53 p.m.: Decision time for Brian Kelly. It looks like Notre Dame didn’t get the third-down conversion but it’s fourth-and-short near the 1-yard line.
7:51 p.m.: Notre Dame picks up the blitz again on third-and-4, and Book connects with tight end Tommy Tremble in the flat for an 8-yard completion down to the Clemson 11.
7:49 p.m.: Notre Dame picks up the Clemson blitz on third-and-7 and converts with a 27-yard connection between Book and Javon McKinley. That moves the irish to the Clemson 25.
7:43 p.m.: The Tigers waste no time, going with an up-tempo attack early. Running back Travis Etienne runs for 10 yards on the first play, but the Notre Dame defense clamps down from there to force a fourth-and-2 punt at the Tigers 24.
7:42 p.m.: Clemson’s Lyn-J Dixon muffs the ensuing kickoff and is swarmed at the Tigers 15. A holding penalty on Clemson backs it up to its 6 to start the first offensive drive of the game.
7:36 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, NOTRE DAME. Two plays is all it takes for Notre Dame to take the lead! Running back Kyren Williams takes it off left tackle for a 65-yard rushing touchdown to make it 7-0, Irish. There’s 14:27 left in the first quarter.
7:34 p.m.: Clemson will kick off to start the game. Here we go.
Notre Dame vs. Clemson start time
Clemson vs. Notre Dame will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBC is the exclusive broadcast partner of Notre Dame football, with Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy on the call. Kathryn Tappen will be the sideline reporter.
Notre Dame football schedule 2020
|2||Sept. 12||Notre Dame 27, Duke 13|
|3||Sept. 19||Notre Dame 52, South Florida 0|
|6||Oct. 10||Notre Dame 42, Florida St. 26|
|7||Oct. 17||Notre Dame 12, Louisville 7|
|8||Oct. 24||Notre Dame 45, Pittsburgh 3|
|9||Oct. 31||Notre Dame 31, Georgia Tech 13|
|10||Nov. 7||vs. Clemson|
|11||Nov. 14||at Boston College|
|13||Nov. 27||at North Carolina|
|14||Dec. 5||vs. Syracuse|
|15||Dec. 12||at Wake Forest|
Clemson football schedule 2020
|2||Sept. 12||Clemson 37, Wake Forest 13|
|3||Sept. 19||Clemson 49, The Citadel 0|
|5||Oct. 3||Clemson 41, Virginia 23|
|6||Oct. 10||Clemson 42, Miami 17|
|7||Oct. 17||Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 7|
|8||Oct. 24||Clemson 47, Syracuse 21|
|9||Oct. 31||Clemson 34, Boston College 28|
|10||Nov. 7||at Notre Dame|
|12||Nov. 21||at Florida State|
|13||Nov. 28||vs. Pittsburgh|
|14||Dec. 5||at Virginia Tech|