Clemson earns a return trip to national title game
Clemson routs Notre Dame, earns return trip to national title game
It took Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence a little bit of time to settle into Saturday’s Cotton Bowl against Notre Dame.
Maybe it was the month off. Maybe it was his first time playing in AT&T Stadium with its 160-foot long HD video board. Or maybe it was adjusting to everything that comes with playing in the College Football Playoff, from the cameras being shoved in your face the moment you step off the bus to your every move being analyzed.
Whatever it was that led to Lawrence getting off to a slow start, it didn’t last long.
Lawrence put together an incredible second quarter performance, passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns during the 15-minute period, as the Tigers completely turned around what was a close game en route to a 30-3 victory against Notre Dame.
“He’s just so poised. He just sees it. And he’s got a gift of an arm,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “But I just love his humility and how consistent he is with his preparation, day in and day out. Easy, easy guy to coach. Easy guy to get behind and support. His teammates love him.”
With the win Clemson advances to the national title game for the third time in four seasons. The Tigers will face the winner of Alabama and Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.
The true freshman Lawrence looked more like an NFL quarterback
Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) celebrates his touchdown catch with wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13), running back Adam Choice (26) and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (42) during Saturday’s Cotton Bowl against Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas. Clemson won and will move on to the national championship title game on Jan. 7.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence scrambles out of the pocket Saturday. The freshman was named the Cotton Bowl’s offensive MVP.