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Notre Dame Fans Are Upset With The Officiating In The First Half Of The Cotton Bowl

Brian Kelly of Notre Dame argues with the officials.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish speaks to officials in the first half against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Clemson currently has a 23-3 lead on Notre Dame at halftime in the Cotton Bowl, and many Fighting Irish fans think the Tigers are getting a little help. Notre Dame supporters are out in full force on social media criticizing the officials.

The two plays that most are upset about? Midway through the first quarter, Clemson fumbled the ball on a kick return, and Notre Dame recovered. The call was reversed, however, after it was deemed that the ball touched out of bounds.

But did it? You be the judge:

The other play involved Notre Dame wideout Alize Mack. He appeared to catch the ball and fumble it, but it was reviewed and ruled incomplete. The call cost the Fighting Irish nine yards.

Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead isn't impressed:

Of course, there are always a number of controversial calls in these games. But Notre Dame fans feel they've been on the losing end of a few in a row.

This game is far from over, but Clemson is in control at the half. The Fighting Irish will need to find a spark on offense in the second half.