It was a scene we've seen countless times over the years: The No. 1 team in the country goes down and college football fans storm the field in jubilation.
Of course, most years we're not in the midst of a global pandemic that is currently as bad in the United States as at any point since a pandemic was declared in March.
The sobering realities of our daily case numbers didn't stop Notre Dame fans – mostly students by the look of it – from pouring onto the field after the No. 4 Fighting Irish staged one final stop in double-overtime to pull the upset on No. 1 Clemson at Notre Dame Stadium.
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Players and coaches from both teams – who are regularly tested for COVID-19 as the college football conferences attempt to navigate a season – were still on the field when the first fans came rushing on. Eventually the players got off the field, and fans congregated in a giant mosh pit.
Fans storm the field after the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Clemson Tigers in double overtime. (Photo: Matt Cashore, USA TODAY Sports)
Notre Dame, located in South Bend, Indiana, is usually an independent but it joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this college football season as conferences moved to a mostly conference-only alignment for 2020. Around 10,000 fans have been allowed at every Notre Dame home game so far this season.
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