The College of Ohio College football match between Ohio and Clemson had more than a few controversial calls, but Ohio athletic director Gene Smith was very angry with one of them.
In a text on Yahoo Sports ‘Pete Thamel, Smith was loosened in an undoing of an unwanted comeback for a touchdown in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 29-23 loss – one that could have completely changed the outcome.
You just got a text from Ohio State Gene Smith: “Terry McAulay is 100 percent right !!! Unreal !!” He added: “Feel free to share how intense I am.” https://t.co/mVcsabPYFf
– Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 29, 2019
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Clemson’s Justyn Ross seemed to crumple after going through a pass and taking several steps. Ohio State defensive back Jordan Fuller recovered said fumble and returned for a touch-up touchdown with 4:45 left in the third quarter.
That would give the Buckeyes a 23-21 lead – and perhaps a win – but SEC officials overturned the call, stating Ross never had complete control of the ball. Here is another look at Ross fumble
The Buckeyes took a 23-21 lead in the fourth quarter through a 23-yard touchdown link between Ohio State coach Justin Fields and receiver Chris Olave, but Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw the game-winning score to Travis Etienne with 1:49 remaining. .
Smith is a former member of the college football players’ committee.