The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic kicked off with a lot of hype at AT&T stadium Saturday with Notre Dame appearing in its first college football playoff game, and Clemson in its fourth straight.
The experience clearly paid off for the tigers.
“Very disappointing, we’ve watched Notre Dame this season, went to South Bend in November to watch them, awesome team. Just today, they looked sluggish not getting everything together,” said Mark Plemmons.
Early in the fourth quarter it was evident to some fans who would be taking home the victory, with many Notre Dame fans leaving the game early.
It was a Tiger celebration on the field after the game with a final score of 3-30.
“We’re very pleased, we hope that we get to take on Alabama in the championship game,” said Courtney Parent.
It may not have been a very close game for most of the matchup, but fans on both sides say the game experience was still worth it.
“Well we fell asleep during the first half, no I’m just kidding. It was rough, it was rough. The first quarter and a half, it was pretty good and then Clemson decided to show up. They’re a pretty good team,” said Notre Dame fan Brian Plemmons.
Notre Dame finishes the season with just one loss, the bowl game. While Clemson goes on to play for the national championship.
“Clemson really showed up and played a great game at the college football playoffs at the Cotton Bowl with a 19-year-old freshman quarterback, it was really good, worth the trip from South Carolina,” said Mick Ryals.
The Tigers head to California next for the College Football Championship game. They’ll face off against the winner of Saturday’s Orange Bowl game.