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Notre Dame better in Texas, but loses again in semifinals

Notre Dame was a three-touchdown underdog and fell behind quickly 14-0.
Credit: AP
Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (12) is sacked by Alabama defensive lineman Byron Young (47) in the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

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.