Alabama OL Chris Owens takes 'full responsibility' for failed fake FG in title game
The Alabama Crimson Tide were blown out in Monday night’s College Football Playoff title game, going down 44-16 to Clemson.
One play in particular drew a lot of criticism, and it came in the third quarter when the Tide ran a horrible fake field goal that didn’t even come close to converting.
As you can see below, this play was doomed from the start, but there was a missed block that led to backup QB Mac Jones being tackled before the first-down line:
Clemson not at all fooled by the fake field goal try by Alabama https://t.co/XvKDmRWj0z
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) January 8, 2019
After the game, Alabama redshirt sophomore OL Chris Owens tweeted that he takes full responsibility for the botched play:
I take full responsibility for that unsuccessful fake FG attempt. You gotta be locked in every play because you never know when a big play is coming. That’s 100% on me.
— Chris Owens (@BGChrisOwens) January 8, 2019
That’s certainly a noble thing to do, and Owens did miss a block, but his teammates and Alabama fans should make sure he doesn’t stay down for too long. You win as a team and you lose as a team.
The play call deserves a lot more scrutiny than Owens’ missed block, as Clemson wasn’t even lined up in a normal field-goal block formation. They were ready for the fake and Alabama ran right into it.