When Clemson and Notre Dame meet in the Cotton Bowl in the College Football Playoff on Saturday, it will be only the fourth meeting between the two programs. Below, find a summary of each game in the series.

However, despite the short history of head-to-head games, the showdowns have come during important seasons or a little before national championships.

Clemson-Notre Dame: All-time history, most recent meetings

Here are the three previous meetings between the Tigers and the Irish. Clemson leads the series, 2-1:

Date Winner Score Loser Location
Nov. 12, 1977 No. 5 Notre Dame 21-17 No. 15 Clemson Clemson, S.C.
Nov. 17, 1979 No. 14 Clemson 16-10 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind.
Oct. 3, 2015 No. 12 Clemson 24-22 No. 6 Notre Dame Clemson, S.C.
Dec. 29, 2018 TBD TBD Arlington, Texas

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No. 5 Notre Dame 21, No. 15 Clemson 17 (Nov. 12, 1977)

Joe Montana missed the 1976 season after separating his shoulder, but 1977 turned into a season to remember.

The Irish lost to Ole Miss earlier in the season, but moved up to No. 5 for the Clemson game. In front of a then-record crowd of 54,189, the Tigers took a 17-7 lead.

Then Montana worked his magic, leading the Irish on two touchdown drives to escape with a win.

Later, Notre Dame beat top-ranked Texas 38-10 in the Cotton Bowl to jump from No. 5 to No. 1 and win a national title.

Though the Tigers lost, they remained No. 15 in the country. It’s the only time in program history Clemson didn’t drop in the rankings after a loss.