3. Notre Dame was good, but …
The offense didn’t have the pop and explosion to come up with any answers once this started to get out of hand.
The offense sputtered and coughed against USC, leaked oil from time to time even after Ian Book and Dexter Williams took over in the backfield, and it was a bit too inconsistent.
It’s not a Notre Dame problem. It was a Clemson was way too good problem.
It’s a little like a, “but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play” sort of thing, but the D really was okay other than two big plays.
The Irish defense was able to hold its own more than the final stats might show. It gave up one huge run to Travis Etienne, but was able to bottle up the Clemson ground game just enough to not get gouged. It allowed two giant second quarter passes to Justyn Ross, but it wasn’t burnt too badly.
Of course, Clemson was able to crank it down a few notches because …