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Notre Dame football: Irish can’t erase early deficit vs. Alabama, lose 31-17

Jan 1, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) scrambles away from pressure by Alabama defensive back Jordan Battle (9) Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 in the College Football Playoff Semifinal hosted by the Rose Bowl in AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame football team went down early against the Alabama Crimson Tide, and could not come back against the No. 1 team in the land.

With a chance to punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the Notre Dame football team battled it out against No.