Clemson and Notre Dame are tied at 3-3 near the end of the first quarter, but Fighting Irish fans are quite upset. They feel they were robbed on a pretty important call midway through the period.After a Notre Dame field goal, Clemson’s Derion Kendrick attempted to return the kickoff, but fumbled near the sideline. A Fighting Irish player recovered the ball.Upon further review, the referees determined that the ball bounced out of bounds before it was recovered.Video shows that the referees had to make a tough call. It look like the ball might be over the line – but it’s hard to tell.Clemson’s Derion Kendrick FUMBLES on kickoff ? but refs rule the balk OUT of BOUNDS ? pic.twitter.com/oVtimi8N73— BLACK SPORTSCENTER (@VersaceBoyEnt) December 29, 2018Notre Dame thought it had a fumble recovery, but the ball just ?????? out of bounds.Break for Clemson. #CottonBowl pic.twitter.com/fLJ4dHi48e— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 29, 2018If Notre Dame had been awarded the ball, the Fighting Irish would have had first and goal from around the 8-yard-line.Clemson, heading into the game, is around a 12.5-point favorite to prevail.The winner will take on the winner of the Orange Bowl – which is Alabama vs. Oklahoma.