The Fighting Irish were losing for most of the game, falling into a 14–0 hole in the first half, and then a 21–3 deficit early in the second half.
In the fourth quarter, Notre Dame’s offense found some room to operate, scoring 19 points and setting up a crucial two-point conversion attempt with seven seconds left in the game. Losing by two, a successful attempt would have tied the game.
The Fighting Irish called a quarterback run, but DeShone Kizer was stuffed on the play.
Kizer finished with 321 yards and two touchdowns passing, as well as 60 yards and a score rushing. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 93 yards and another score.
– Rohan Nadkarni