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The highest-graded players from Clemson's victory over Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl

Dec 29, 2018; Arlington, TX, United States; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks to pass as Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Te'von Coney (4) closes in during the first quarter in the 2018 Cotton Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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[Editor's Note: While we grade every player on every game, to qualify for an overall game grade for this recap's purpose, a player must have played at least 20 snaps to be considered a full-time contributor to the game.]

Top 5

Clemson offense

Trevor Lawrence, QB – 91.7 overall grade
Justyn Ross, WR – 90.9 overall grade
Tee Higgins, WR – 71.3 overall grade
Hunter Renfrow, WR – 68.1 overall grade
Sean Pollard, OG – 62.6 overall grade

Clemson defense

Nolan Turner, S – 91.3 overall grade
Isaiah Simmons, S – 91.0 overall grade
Clelin Ferrell, Edge – 84.0 overall grade
K'Von Wallace, S – 71.3 overall grade
A.J. Terrell, CB – 68.3 overall grade

Notre Dame offense

Robert Hainsey, OT – 70.9 overall grade
Tommy Kraemer, OG – 65.4 overall grade
Sean Mutsipher, C – 63.8 overall grade
Dexter Williams, RB – 60.9 overall grade
Myles Boykin, WR – 60.8 overall grade

Notre Dame defense

Jonathan Bonner, DI – 80.4 overall grade
Te'von Coney, LB – 78.2 overall grade
Jerry Tillery, DI – 74.6 overall grade
Julian Love, CB – 72.4 overall grade
Troy Pride Jr., CB – 70.7 overall grade

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