ARLINGTON, Texas — Notre Dame has lost another playoff semifinal in Texas, falling 31-14 to No. 1 Alabama in the relocated Rose Bowl.
It was a better showing for the Irish than their blowout loss to Clemson in the semifinals two years ago.
But the fourth-ranked Irish still lost in a playoff or New Year's Six bowl for the seventh straight time since 2000.
Notre Dame was a three-touchdown underdog and fell behind quickly 14-0.
But the defense improved, and Ian Book had the Irish moving with a chance to get within a touchdown in the second half before throwing an interception.