The luck of the Irish ran out tonight in Arlington.


The Clemson Tigers and their dominant defense steamrolled the previously undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a final score of 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl to book their spot in the College Football Playoff national title game. The game's momentum shifted early on a controversial call, where referees ruled a Clemson fumble that had previously been recovered by Notre Dame in the red zone actually went out of bounds--just barely.

That unlucky bounce set off a series of unfortunate events in what was​​ a night full of them for the Irish. The Tigers soon turned that momentum swing into a deep touchdown from Trevor Lawrence to Justyn Ross...

​​...which was quickly followed by another....

​​...and one more with two seconds left in the half--only this time, the pass was to Tee Higgins, who made a spectacular catch in the back of the end zone.

That Higgins TD made it 23-3 Clemson at the half, and completely deflated any confidence Notre Dame may have had. A Travis Etienne 62-yard rushing touchdown added to the differential, but the game was decided long before that.


Now, Clemson awaits the winner of tonight's Orange Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma. As for Notre Dame? It'll be a long flight back to South Bend.​​