A question that has plagued the NFL in recent seasons made its way to the Academy Playoff on Saturday: What is the football move?
Alternatively: What is Catching?
The game that prompted the question came in the third quarter of the Fiesta Bowl match between State of Ohio and Clemson. Tigers receiver Justyn Ross seemed to catch a pass, take several steps and then have the ball loose from cornerback Jeff Okudah. Safety Jordan Fuller recovered the bounce and returned for a touchdown.
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Subsequently, officials of the SEC, who call the game, examined the game and retracted the blow, instantly firing off what could be the talking point of the game. For reference:
This, of course, prompted some creative discussion on Twitter. Some of the most interesting tweets from the controversial reversal:
Warning: Bad language used.
So the NFL has no monopoly on bullying calls and terrible excuses … 3 steps with a football safe is a football move …
– Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) December 29, 2019
He didn’t make a “football move” because the defender prevented him from … forcing a bounce. It looked like a catch but what do I know.
– Seth Davis (@SetDavisHoops) December 29, 2019
He had 4 feet down. How can this not be done?
– Brian Snow (@ BSnow247) December 29, 2019
Well we all learned that 4 steps is not football.
Now I understand why football players are not considered football players. It makes a lot more sense now.
– Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) December 29, 2019
The guy who scored just one TD for Ohio State took fewer steps after catching a “no run” Clemson WR.
– Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) December 29, 2019
I really don’t care who wins this game, but it was a catch and sea bream no matter what you say #CFBPlayoff
– Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) December 29, 2019
This is a hit. This is a hit. This is a hit. I tell you now that the recipient knows that he has swallowed this and crushed it.
– Anthony Gonzalez (@ anhonygonzalez) December 29, 2019