Notre Dame’s double disappointment over the No. 1 Clemson ended with a terrifying note on Saturday night.
Pandemonium exploded shortly after 4th ranked Irish Fighting team won 47-40, as thousands of students in the stands plunged into the courtyard in a frightening crowd scene with many not properly masked or not wearing them. .
The Tigers have played a shortcut with midfielder Trevor Lawrence sidelined while recovering from COVID-19.
Number of people attending the game in South Bend, Ind. 11,011 people and limited to students, faculty, university staff and players’ families only.
The announcer asked fans to leave the field, but the chaos continued for several minutes.
“A night I will never forget, no matter how old I am, I know I will remember the game forever,” said Notre Dame midfielder Ian Book. “Just a special moment. … When the fans burst into the field, it was really pretty cool. It was really fun. “
“It has been an enjoyable experience for me, everyone is down,” said Kyren Williams again.
“I love energy,” added recipient Avery Davis.
The scene is particularly concerning cases of the COVID-19 spikes on the Notre Dame campus and across the United States. The university’s rector issued a pre-match statement, urging students to “take a dip” and intensify vigilance at a time of “a significant and very noticeable increase in cases here in Campus.”
According to ESPN, the university reported 138 positive tests Tuesday through Thursday.
“Agree win, but this is worrying,” St. County Medical Officer Associate Medical Officer. Joseph, Dr. Mark Fox tweeted in response. “At least masked and all underclasses tested this week!”
After the match, it was revealed that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly actually warned his players that this would happen during the team’s guidance session.
“I just want you to know,” Kelly told her team. “When we win this, the fans burst into the field.”
“Coach Kelly told us before the game that it would happen,” Williams said. “He told us to come in after the game, quickly.”
“Coach Kelly, you can call him a prophet too,” said midfielder Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. “The Prophet Kelly.”
The Notre Dame team coped with an outbreak in September that delayed their Wake Forest match until December.
“With COVID as it is, we have to get out of the pitch and into the tunnel,” said Kelly. “Now I have beaten them all down the tunnel. So that didn’t go too well, but they reminded me that I told them that, so my prognostic skills today were pretty good. “
Notre Dame (7-0) will play Boston College (4-3) next week while Clemson (7-1) will play Florida (1-5) on November 21.