Paul Finebaum calls out Ohio State supporters blaming SEC officials for loss to Clemson
Much of the fallout from Clemson’s win over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl has been the instant replay decisions that went against the Buckeyes in the 29-23 Clemson victory which advanced the Tigers to the national championship against LSU.
Ohio State DB Shaun Wade was called for targeting despite officials not throwing a flag on the field, but replay showed helmet-to-helmet contact. In another play, the Buckeyes appeared to score a touchdown after Clemson WR Justyn Ross was stripped by Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah, which led to a fumble returned to the end zone by Jordan Fuller. Video replay again overturned the call on the field and ruled Ross never completed the catch.
ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum weighed in on the officiating calls during a recent segment on “The Roundtable,” on WJOX in Birmingham.
“That game should have been 28-0,” Finebaum said. “It’s futile to come down and agonize over a call. Ohio State was on the verge of blowing them out, they didn’t, they lost the game, and I really don’t care anymore.”
Finebaum said it was one of the more important wins in Clemson history, because the Tigers showed everyone that they could beat a quality opponent.
“When they were nearly beaten by UNC, the critics came out,” he said, “The thing that Clemson did down the stretch is they shut out all the noise. … That, to me, was the performance of the college football season, on the biggest stage against the team that we have debated all year long was maybe the best in college football.”