Notre Dame Athletics | December 30, 2019
ORLANDO, Fla. — A balanced offense and disciplined defense left little doubt for the 15th-ranked Notre Dame football team in Saturday’s Camping World Bowl match-up with Iowa State, as the Irish registered their second straight 11-win season with a 33-9 victory at Camping World Stadium.
It marked the first time since 1988-89 the Irish notched back-to-back seasons of at least 11 wins. It was also the sixth straight win for Notre Dame (11-2), making it the first time since 1992 that an Irish team won that many to close out a season.
Quarterback Ian Book went 20-for-28 for 247 and a touchdown, including 146 yards to Chase Claypool, who also caught the scoring pass. For his efforts, Claypool claimed Camping World Bowl MVP honors. Senior running back Tony Jones Jr. rushed for 135 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown rush that was the longest in school bowl history and was a Camping World Bowl record.
The Irish caused two Iowa State turnovers, resulting in 10 points, with the defensive effort led by linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. The junior led all defensive players with three sacks and four tackles for loss (nine total tackles). Owusu-Koramoah’s strip-sack in the first quarter resulted in the first Irish touchdown of the day. Safeties Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott also recorded eight tackles, while Gilman also forced a fumble.
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