Clemson Better Have its ‘Big-Boy Pants’ on When It Visits Notre Dame

Wes Goodwin says No. 5 Clemson will have to wear its big-boy pants when it visits Notre Dame Saturday night in South Bend, Ind.

In particular, Goodwin’s defense will have to play extremely physical against an Irish offense that wants to run the football the majority of the time.

“You know what you have to stop,” Clemson’s defensive coordinator said.

“You have to stop the run game and the ball is going to 87 (Michael Mayer).

 They have some other players they spread it around to, but those three running backs,

 they all got about the same carries. It will be a challenge.”

Notre Dame (5-3) has averaged 227.4 yards per game running the football in its five wins.

The Irish is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has 10 of its 14 rushing touchdowns in those five victories.

“You better have a physical mindset on Saturday night,” Goodwin said.

 “That is the number one thing. Our guys have to show up with the right mindset.

It is championship football. It is big-boy football, bring your pads, let’s go to work mentality.”

 Logan Diggs and Audric Estime. They also run behind a big and physical offensive line.

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