Clem­son earns a re­turn trip to na­tional ti­tle game

Clem­son routs Notre Dame, earns re­turn trip to na­tional ti­tle game

The State (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY MATT CON­NOLLY mcon­[email protected]­tate.com

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

PHO­TOS BY JEF­FREY MCWHORTER AP

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.

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