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Philbert was talking about "rub blocks" all night. I just listened on the radio, so just how often did Clemson run picks? I got the impression it was more than just the two TD's.
If we stop one slant or one screen on each of those drives, those two plays never happen. There was just not enough gas in the tank.
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"We always talk about playing 60 minutes but this is a 60-10 game: the 60 minutes of the game and the 10 minutes in the locker room after the game that you remember for the rest of your life."
-- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson
Defensively, there is usually a bit of a grace given where the corner has the opportunity to keep the receiver from making a move downfield. But once that move is made, the defender better release or he's probably going to get called for defensive holding (not necessarily PI).
However, under no circumstances can a receiver release downfield and then begin blocking for a pass thrown beyond the LOS. This is offensive PI in all cases. Clemson's WR buried his head into the Alabama DB's chest and made no attempt, cursory or otherwise, to even pretend to be running a route.
Clemson's run defense stiffed up significantly from about mid-second the the end of the third quarter. They made nice adjustments at the half and I don't think if Alabama had committed to doing nothing but running, that it would have been very successful. At best, it would have shortened the game a little. The inability to pass effectively was the killer. Against a front seven like Clemson's, Alabama wasn't simply going to line up and impose its will. Clemson was too good for that.
With Bo gone, Clemson knew all they had to do was shut down Hurts running, 'cause he wasn't going to hurt them passing...
Put that together with at least the two non-calls, defensive pass-interference, on Clemson's two td's, and wa-la you see what happens...
Another great job by big-12 official's, wonder how much Stoops paid them...
The other TD should have been OPI in my opinion.
It wasn't necessarily the difference in the game. Clemson pretty clearly outplayed Alabama, and deserved to win. But these two plays were without a doubt OPI. They were illegal. It's OK for Clemson (Dabo) to admit that. It doesn't take away from the fact that they won, and they are forever written in history as the 2016 National Champions. But no, he's a buffoon. Folks that want him here clearly don't pay attention to this, because this example here is only the tip of the iceberg.
Just for comparison's sake - didn't Alabama get a TD called back early this football season because of a pick? Or maybe got a first down called back due to a pick? I want to say it was during one of the OOC games after the USC game.
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