The Jackets have rushed for 216 and 173 yards in losses to Notre Dame and Duke after topping 400 yards in their first two games. Notre Dame is located an hour and a half east of Chicago, in South Bend, Indiana, with mild summers but winters that average anywhere from 60 to 80 inches of snow annually. While both teams remain undefeated, there are plenty of questions remaining about how good they stand up to elite competition.
Clemson jumped out to a 14-3 lead.
Clemson’s defensive line has been impressively effective this season, but Notre Dame’s offensive line is one of their biggest strengths. And with a Top 25 that looks as jumbled as ever, all the Irish can control is their own fate. This game is being seen as a chance to prove that Clemson deserves to be in the conversation for a playoff team. Clemson P Andy Teasdall averaged 48.8 yards on four first-half punts and 43.1 yards on seven punts for the game…. This time freshman C.J. The Tigers recovered deep in Notre Dame territory, and Watson scythed 21 yards for a touchdown to the Irish down 18. Let’s put it this way – the latest attempt at Clemsoning was outdone only by Notre Dame stumbling.
But that hope’s final resting place was around the 3-yard line, where quarterback DeShone Kizer was tackled trying for two and a tie.
On his play: “Our passing game was very successful all game”. After that the Irish began gobbling up yards in droves.
The biggest revelation continues to be Clemson’s defense, which replaced eight starters from the unit that ranked No. 1 nationally last season but has been terrific so far, forcing turnovers on two late drives and stopping a two-point conversion to prevent a collapse. Three plays later, Watson dashed up the middle for a 29-yard touchdown.
But Clemson’s defense held strong when it mattered most. – Desmond Morgan picked off a pass in the first quarter, and Michigan (4-1) shut out an opponent for a second straight game. The Kizer keeper right-on the conversion attempt that might have sent the game into overtime-came up short. What’s worse, the ACC has four losses to Group of 5 teams.
The Irish have managed to fight through six season-ending injuries. And after an offseason spent hammering leadership, resilience and and fortifying the attitude of his roster, it’ll be up to Kelly and his five captains to make sure this loss doesn’t sink the season. “That’s what you have to do if you want to win”.
“I really didn’t have a response”, Kelly said. And, wouldn’t you know it, they made a convincing case that they weren’t the insane ones.
Kizer has done an inspirational job replacing the injured Malik Zaire.
“We’re not here for moral victories. Yeah, we played well”. “They ran it a couple times tonight, so we kind of figured it was going to happen again”. Watson is a play-maker and received a few Heisman hype in the preseason.
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But Clemson fans say, the rain was nothing an orange poncho and rain boots couldn’t fix.
Watson will make several big plays and while Prosise will do his best to keep the Irish in the game, it won’t be enough. UNC coach Larry Fedora is going back with Marquise Williams at quarterback after pulling him last week in the second quarter against Delaware and replacing him with Mitch Trubisky, who threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Max Redfield had 14 tackles (11 solo), Jaylon Smith nine and Isaac Rochell seven. At one of his assistant’s desks, there was Alexander, long after practice, well after training table, his eyes fixed on an iPad screen, studying film in advance of a test against one of the nation’s most propulsive wideouts, Notre Dame’s Will Fuller. Watson found Leggett moments later for a 6-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead. Wisconsin (3-2) had its 10-game home winning streak snapped.
There’s no such thing as a moral victory for this team.