Alabama junior defensive back Hootie Jones was quick to question the referees’ performance following last night’s 35-31 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
The Crimson Tide committed nine penalties for 82 yards compared to Clemson’s three for 35, including a huge pass interference call on Anthony Averett that placed the ball at the 2-yard-line with six seconds left in the game.
“They were getting a lot of calls,” Jones said. “We felt like the refs were just against us. I’m not saying we got out of poise on our own. We felt like it was starting to be taken from us.”
Jones, though frustrated with how the night ended, also said that it was Alabama’s job to “finish” — something that the team failed to do in the fourth quarter, where it was outscored 21-7.