ARLINGTON, Texas – With a black suit and stylish black evening shoes without socks, Trevor Lawrence arrived in the semifinals of the College Football playoff at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and looked like he was playing the championship quarterback.
By the second The quarter of the biggest game of his life, Clemson's true freshman Phenom, also looked on the field.
Behind Lawrence's fit – and a key injury to Notre Dame defender – the Tigers won a 30-3 win on Saturday to rise for the third time in four years for the national championship game.
There may also be a fourth consecutive No. 1 playoff duel in Alabama.
When Clemson coach Dabo Swinney inducted Lawrence into the team Instead of standing at the starting line in the fifth week of Kelly Bryant, he had to think about the playoffs of the last and this season.
In 2017, Clemson stormed into the CFP because of his dominating defense. But without a differentiator like Deshaun Watson (19459017) in quarterback, the Tigers could not cling to Alabama, who defeated Clemson 24-6 in the semifinals.
This time around, the Tigers once again boasted another demolition defense, which was fully demonstrated in the AT & T Stadium to shut off the Fighting Irish. But now the tigers are also equipped with a groundbreaking pedestrian.
And in a flurry of downfield throws, Lawrence quickly changed the game before halftime.
Love Love's All-American corner shot by Notre Dame prematurely hit due to a head injury, Lawrence threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter to effectively drive out the Irish.
After a shaky start for Clemson, and the game that had stubbornly knotted at 3-3, Love & # 39; s replacement began to attack. Don Vaughn.
The Bullet pressed and pressed a side kick to Justyn Ross, who conceded Vaughn's attempt and conceded 52 meters before the finish, almost doubling the long pass that Passport's Irish passport passed on the whole season.
"I believe before the game that I knew I belonged, I thought I was one of them," Lawrence said immediately afterwards. "But first big hit, then we started to roll."
From there, Notre Dame began to crumble defensive backfield without love. Lawrence's confidence began to rise.
After Clemson landed two possessions later in the Notre Dame territory following a detention order against Vaughn, the Irish tried to further their support. And on a game-winning third and 14th, Notre Dame defender Drue Tranquill rode into the apartment on Vaughn's side.
However, this brought the assurance of Alohi Gilman in single coverage of the speedy Ross. And Lawrence read the defense perfectly before giving Ross, who had been easily knocked down by Gilman, a perfect pass for a 42-yard touchdown.
Lawrence, however, was not finished.
But after that, he found Tee Higgins on a 19-yard touchdown jump over Vaughn, just two seconds before half-time to raise the tigers by 20, Notre Dame was anything but
The whole week before that Semifinal Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly tried to downplay the 42 of the Irish. A flop of 14 was made at the 2012 national championships in Alabama, repeatedly stating that this was a different team and this game was in the past.
However, after the Irish have not even scored a touchdown against Clemson, the story of Notre Dame was unable to match up The elite of college football will be even harder to shake for the Irish as Notre Dame was once again surpassed.
For Clemson, the Tigers with Watson two years ago showed they were armed with a California Championship quarterback. It coul With anyone who plays football in college, including the acclaimed Crimson Tide.
If you go into another national championship fight, the tigers now seem to be armed with another one.