Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith ‘pissed’ about overturned Clemson fumble, Buckeyes score

first_imgThat would have given the Buckeyes a 23-21 lead — and perhaps the win — but SEC officials overturned the call on the field, ruling Ross never had complete control of the ball. Here’s another look at the Ross fumble🤷‍♂️— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 29, 2019The Buckeyes took a 23-21 lead in the fourth quarter by way of a 23-yard touchdown connection between Ohio State quarterback 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 Playoff committee. The College Football Playoff semifinal between Ohio State and Clemson featured more than a few questionable calls, but Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith was especially angry with one of them.In a text to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Smith let loose on an overturned fumble return for a touchdown in the second half of the Buckeyes’ 29-23 loss — one that could have completely changed the outcome. Just got a text from Ohio State AD Gene Smith: “Terry McAulay is 100-percent correct!!! Unreal!!” He added: “Feel free to share how pissed I am.”— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 29, 2019MORE: Social media reacts to call that reversed Clemson fumble, OSU touchdownClemson’s Justyn Ross appeared to fumble after catching a pass and taking several steps. Ohio State defensive back Jordan Fuller recovered said fumble and returned it for a go-ahead touchdown with 4:45 left in the third quarter.last_img

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