SOUTH BEND, Ind. – During the Notre Dame outing ahead of Saturday’s No. 1 Clemson game, coach Brian Kelly issued a statement and a warning.
“I just want you to know,” Kelly told the players, “When we win this, the fans will come in.”
Kelly added that due to the COVID-19 epidemic, including the recent rise in Notre Dame’s grounds, players need to leave the pitch as soon as possible after the game.
“Coach Kelly, you can call him a prophet too,” said midfielder Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. “The Prophet Kelly.”
Kelly’s words came true after No. 4 Notre Dame completed a 47-40 victory over Clemson in Saturday night̵7;s two matches at Notre Dame Stadium. The students burst into the courtyard from all four corners of the stands, creating a large celebration in the middle of the field. Notre Dame limits the attendance of students, faculty and university staff – not the families of the players – and while Saturday’s game was only 11,011 people, most of them seem to enter backyard.
“With COVID as it is, we have to get out of the field and into the tunnel,” Kelly said. “Now I’ve beat them all down the tunnel. So that didn’t go too well, but they reminded me I told them that, so my prognostic skills today. pretty good.”
Notre Dame’s announcer repeatedly asked fans to leave the field, but many remained for a few minutes.
Clemson players and coaches quickly made their way out to the tunnel in the northeast corner of the pitch, while most of Notre Dame’s players and coaches headed to their tunnels. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he did not mind the rush on the pitch from Notre Dame Cathedral fans, saying, “It was an epic game.”
Notre Dame rerun Kyren Williams said he was late to get to the locker room after the game because he had to overcome so many fans who came on the pitch.
“It’s been an exciting experience for me, people are rushing down,” said Williams, who had never witnessed a field storm before Saturday. “Coach Kelly told us before the game that it would happen. … He told us to come in after the game, quickly.”
The receiver Avery Davis said he was “knocked around” during a field storm but added, “I love the energy.”
The ACC did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the storm at Notre Dame Stadium, a member of the football league this season. Notre Dame netted their ninth win over the No. 1 AP team and ended Clemson’s usual 36-win streak on Saturday.
Owusu-Koramoah said: “That’s what you would expect with the great fans and the wonderful community around us, they are really, very passionate about us playing football. “You expect something like that, burst into the field, beat team number 1. [Kelly] Told us to get out of there if they did burst into the yard, but that was a bit difficult, so we just celebrated with them. “
Senior midfielder Ian Book rallied Notre Dame to ease down to forced overtime, and then led two taps in additional sessions.
“A night I will never forget, no matter how old I am, I know I will forever remember the game,” said Book. “It’s just a special moment. … When the fans burst into the field, it was really cool. It was really fun.”
The university on Tuesday reported 38 positive tests, followed by 71 positive tests on Wednesday and 29 tests on Thursday. Notre Dame’s side experienced a flare-up in late September causing the September 24 match at Wake Forest to be postponed until December 12.
Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, tested positive for COVID-19 in early October and received closer scrutiny of his approach to the virus after his current appearance. White House Rose Garden celebrations to celebrate Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.