Clemson Football: Top 5 moments in Cotton Bowl win over Notre Dame

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Jalen Elliott #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Jalen Elliott #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Jalen Elliott #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against Jalen Elliott #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

3. Freshman to Freshman…Twice

For everyone saying that Clemson would be fading away after this year, they have to think again.

The play that shifted the momentum to the Tigers’ side early in the game came not from two upperclassmen, but two talented freshmen.

Trevor Lawrence threw a fade-pass to fellow freshman Justyn Ross. Ross, after being held terribly, still came up with the catch and ran it in for a 52-yard touchdown.

Later in the second quarter, Ross would blow past his man and Lawrence would find him over the middle for yet another touchdown, this time a 42-yard pass.