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    (PHOTO | CLEMSON SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE) Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei with the pass against Notre Dame.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Clemson falls from top spot in AP Top 25

A double-overtime loss without its starting quarterback dropped Clemson from the number 1 position in the Associated Press Top 25 College Football rankings.

The Tigers fell to 4th place following the 47-40 defeat to previously 4th ranked Notre Dame. The loss ended Clemson’s record 36-game winning streak against ACC opponents and its FBS record 50-game winning streak on Saturdays.

The victory was the 9th in school history over an AP number 1 by Notre Dame, which moved up to 2nd behind Alabama in the new poll released Sunday. The Fighting Irish received 2 of 63 1st place votes. 

Clemson’s loss came despite freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei throwing for 439 yards and 2 touchdowns in place of Trevor Lawrence. Wide receiver Cornell Powell had a career-high 161 yards on 6 receptions. 

The Tigers’ offense was held to its lowest rushing total since 2009 with 34 yards. They also had 3 turnovers on fumbles, 1 of which was returned for a 23-yard touchdown in the 1st half by Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and gave up 2 critical sacks on the final drive in the 2nd overtime. The defense allowed 518 total yards. 

Clemson (7-1, 6-1) is idle this week and return to action Nov. 21 against Florida State. 


  1. Alabama (59)

  2. Notre Dame (2)

  3. Ohio State (1)

  4. Clemson 

  5. Texas A&M 

  6. Florida 

  7. Cincinnati  

  8. BYU

  9. Miami (Fla.)

  10. Indiana

  11. Oregon

  12. Georgia

  13. Wisconsin

  14. Oklahoma State

  15. Coastal Carolina

  16. Marshall

  17. Iowa State

  18. Oklahoma

  19. SMU

  20. Southern California

  21. Texas

  22. Liberty

  23. Northwestern

  24. Auburn

  25. Louisiana


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