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Notre Dame 35, Clemson 14

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By TOM COYNE
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Prince Kollie scored on a blocked punt, Benjamin Morrison returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown and had another interception to set up another score as Notre Dame earned its second straight win over a ranked opponent, beating No. 5 Clemson 35-14.

It was just the third win over a top-10 opponent for Notre Dame (6-3) in its past 10 games since 2018. The other wins were against No. 8 Stanford in 2018 and top-ranked Clemson in 2020. Just as in that 47-40 victory two years ago, fans stormed the field to celebrate. The loss ended a 14-game winning streak by the Tigers (8-1), the longest active streak among FBS teams. It was Clemson's fifth road loss since 2015.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney pulled DJ Uiagalelei for a second straight game, even though he had completed 13 of 19 passes for 78 yards when he was replaced by Cade Klubnik late in the third quarter. This time it backfired, though, as Klubnik was pressured by Justin Ademilola and his pass was intercepted by Morrison at the 14-yard line. The Irish scored three plays later on Audric Estime's 2-yard run to make it 21-0.

Uiagabele returned in the next series and drove the Tigers to the Irish 19-yard line before Morrison intercepted the pass to Joseph Ngata at the 4-yard line and returned it for a TD.

With winds of 20 mph, and Drew Pyne struggling in recent games, the Irish leaned heavily on their run game, even though Clemson entered the game ranked seventh nationally against the run, giving up 87.9 yards a game. Logan Diggs rushed for 114 yards on 17 carries and the Irish compiled 263 yards rushing, the most rushing yards allowed by Clemson this season. The previous high was 206 yards by Florida State.

It was the second-highest rushing game for the Irish this season. The Irish improved to 5-0 when they rush for more than 200 yards.

Pyne was 9 of 17 passing for 85 yards and added a 5-yard rushing touchdown. It was the fourth straight game that Pyne failed to complete more than 50% of his passes after completing 74% of his passes in his first three starts.

Uiagalelei finished the game 27 of 39 yards for 191 yards. Clemson was held to 90 yards rushing.

The Tigers avoided the shutout when Will Shipley, who ran for 63 yards on 12 carries, scored on a 1-yard run with 10:14 left in the game, and Uiagaalelei threw a 4-yard TD pass to Joseph Ngata with 1:35 left. The Irish added a 17-yard TD pass from Pyne to Mike Mayer with 4:16 left.

The Irish dominated Clemson in the first half, rushing for 122 yards and amassing 163 yards overall while holding the Tigers to 30 yards rushing and 71 yards overall. But the big play was the Irish blocking their fourth punt in the past three games on Clemson's opening drive after the Tigers lost 11 yards after being called twice for holding. Linebacker Jordan Botelho broke through the line and got two hands on the punt by Aidan Swanson and Kollie caught it in the air and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.

The Irish opened a 14-0 lead 38 seconds before halftime when they drove 78 yards on 11 plays, with all but one of the plays being on runs. Estimee had six runs for 35 yards, Chris Tyree had three runs for 17 yards and Pyne threw an 11-yard pass to Michael Mayer and ran twice, scoring on a 5-yard run.

The Irish had another scoring opportunity but a 42-yard field goal attempt by Blake Grupe sailed wide left.

Tempers flared as the teams headed to the locker room at halftime after Clemson right guard Walker Parks pushed down Notre Dame defensive lineman Jayson Ademilola. Several players pushed before the teams were separated and headed to their separate tunnels.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: The Tigers appear unlikely to earn their seventh playoff appearance in eight years after a lopsided defeat to a three-loss team and no games left against ranked teams.

Notre Dame: The high point for the Irish in coach Marcus Freeman's first year as coach up to this point was playing No. 2 Ohio State tough for three quarters. This is Notre Dame's biggest victory since students stormed the field following a 47-40 double overtime victory over top-ranked Clemson two years ago.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ClemND
ND TD 9:08 Prince Kollie 19 yard blocked punt return for TD (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter ClemND
ND TD 0:38 Drew Pyne 5 yard TD run (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 0 14
Fourth Quarter ClemND
ND TD 14:37 Audric Estime 2 yard TD run (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 0 21
ND TD 12:58 Benjamin Morrison 96 yard interception return for TD (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 0 28
Clem TD 10:14 Will Shipley 1 yard TD run (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 7 28
ND TD 4:16 Michael Mayer 17 yard TD pass from Drew Pyne (Blake Grupe Extra Point) 7 35
Clem TD 1:35 Joseph Ngata 4 yard TD pass from DJ Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 14 35
Team Stats
  Clemson Notre Dame
First downs 21 23
  Rushing 7 17
  Passing 9 6
  Penalty 5 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-11, 36% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 25-90 47-263
Passing Yards 191 85
Return Yards 21 117
Completions-Attempts-Int 27-40-2 9-17-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-26 1-1
Punts 6 5
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-54 5-67
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Uiagalelei 27 39 191 1 1
C. Klubnik 0 1 0 0 1
Notre Dame Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Pyne 9 17 85 1 0
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
W. Shipley 12 63 5.3 1
D. Uiagalelei 9 23 2.6 0
P. Mafah 3 11 3.7 0
Notre Dame Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Diggs 17 114 6.7 0
A. Estime 18 104 5.8 1
C. Tyree 7 26 3.7 0
D. Pyne 4 21 5.3 1
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Allen 7 60 8.6 0
A. Randall 2 27 13.5 0
A. Williams 4 26 6.5 0
J. Ngata 4 22 5.5 1
B. Collins 2 18 9.0 0
W. Shipley 5 17 3.4 0
S. Ennis 2 17 8.5 0
P. Mafah 1 4 4.0 0
Notre Dame Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Mayer 4 44 11.0 1
C. Tyree 2 26 13.0 0
J. Thomas 3 15 5.0 0
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Notre Dame Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Morrison 2 97
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Swanson 5 225 45.0
Notre Dame Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sot 5 191 38.2
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Notre Dame Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Joseph 2 21 10.5
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Shipley 2 21 10.5
Notre Dame Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mayer 1 -1 -1.0
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length
Notre Dame Missed FG
Player Length
B. Grupe 42




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