A word that is so overused today has to be the one day to describe Notre Dame’s win over Clemson on Saturday night in South Bend: epic. Because that’s exactly what it was. The Fighting Irish came into the game undefeated, just like the Tigers, and had the nation’s longest winning streak, but even with Clemson missing Heisman candidate Trevor Lawrence, many doubted their chances to win against the #1 team in the country. Win, however, they did, defeating the Tigers 47-40 in double overtime.
In doing so, they handed Clemson its first regular season loss in 36 games. Ian Book was instrumental at quarterback, even if his numbers don’t show it quite to the degree that his opposite number, DJ Uiagaleli, did. Book had over 300 yards passing and a touchdown, but it was his scrambling and running that kept the Irish in with a shot time after time. A 12-yard run on second-and-long in the double OT period eventually set up the winning TD, and it means that the Fighting Irish are now 7-0 and potentially headed toward the College Football Playoff if they can keep up that unbeaten record. Clemson, meanwhile is a 6-1, but they aren’t done just yet. With Lawrence returning, we could well see them make a play to get there, too.