4. It’s a shame Clemson couldn’t get over the loss of Dexter Lawrence
If it seemed like Clemson wasn’t all that insane after losing Dexter Lawrence to a failed drug test, it’s because it knew who it had behind its main man on the inside.
The Clemson defensive line is so deep and so talented that losing an NFL first rounder didn’t make any sort of a difference. The Tigers held Dexter Williams to 54 yards, stuffed Notre Dame to just 88 rushing yards, and never allowed a run more than 11 yards.
This was a totally focused, fully dominant performance by a Clemson defense that was more than just one guy. It was a D full of NFL prospect and talents to pick up the slack, keep Ian Book from making the passing attack fly, and owning the game throughout.
The final tally? Notre Dame finished with 248 total yards and three points. The Tiger D was just fine.