No. 4 Clemson was exposed 35-14 at Notre Dame.

Clemson was exposed at South Bend on Saturday night. Days after finishing fourth in the first College Football Playoff rankings, Clemson was razed off the road by unranked Notre Dame (35-14). All of the Tigers’ shortcomings were exposed, and even their perceived strengths were woefully flattened. Clemson’s offense performed horribly, averaging 14 points per play, averaging only 4.7 yards. Both DJ Uiagalelei and Cade Klubnik intercepted and Uiagalelei’s interception went back 96 yards for a touchdown. Clemson was expected to take the lead alongside Will Shipley on the running back, but that didn’t matter as the Tigers had to play from behind. Almost the whole game. Notre Dame jumped to a 7-0 lead with a special team play in the first quarter. Ireland pierced Clemson’s punt protection, blocked the kick and counterattacked for a touchdown. Clemson only advanced into Notre Dame territory once in the first half, resulting in a down turnover. And as the second half progressed, Notre Dame’s attack took on a bit of a rhythm. Ireland are completely one-dimensional in attack, but the ostentatious Tigers defensive line has been pushed from the attacking point overnight. Notre Dame recorded only 85 passing yards at night, but eventually rushed to 265 yards and won. This is the fastest yards Clemson has allowed in a game since Lamar Jackson and Louisville sent 273 yards in 2016. Not so these days. Quarterback play is substandard. The offensive line is mediocre at best. The receiver does not open. And play calls lack imagination. Not a good way. This aggressive struggle proved to be costly when Clemson missed two games in early 2021. However, there are some signs of improvement at this point in the 2022 season. This includes Uiagalelei, who may have been the worst starting pitcher in the ACC last fall. Continued Story Notre Dame defensive lineman Howard Cross III greets after sacking Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei during the first half of a NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 5th. In 2022, South Bend, Indiana (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Uiagalelei was enough to make Clemson 7-0 to start the season, but some of his mistake-filled plays from 2021 will take Syracuse two weeks ago. appeared again against him. In that game, Dabo Swinney lifted him up to five-star freshman Klubnik. Klubnik didn’t ask for many passes, but he avoided mistakes and helped the Tigers win 27-21. Against Notre Dame, Swinney turned to Klubnik. This time Ireland won 14-0 in the second half of the third quarter, but the result was very different from the Syracuse game. With the Tigers backed up near their end zone, Klubnik’s only pitch was interrupted by Notre Dame’s Benjamin Morrison. It was a bad decision to throw his hind foot as he rolled to the right. The turnover was given by Notre Dame at Clemson 14. After three plays, Ireland extended the lead to 21-0. Bonded with the freshman and returned to Uiagalelei. On the drive that followed, Junior led the Tigers to the Notre Dame area but threw his own intercept. It became Morrison again and brought home 96 yards for a special night for Ireland and a disastrous night for Clemson. Clemson took two run to score drives in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. Defeat, Clemson’s College Football Playoff hopes took a serious and potentially fatal blow. Meanwhile, Notre Dame scored a signature victory in Year 1 of the Marcus Freeman era. Ireland lost at home to Marshall and Stanford earlier this season, but Clemson was tasked with visiting Notre Dame Stadium.
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