Even Paul Finebaum has now called out Ohio State supporters who continue to complain about a potential blown call in the loss to Clemson football.
The Clemson football team came away with a thrilling 29-23 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the CFB Playoff semifinals, but that’s not what the story has been about.
Buckeye beat writers, fans, analysts and administration have come out strongly in opposition of a couple of calls that went against them during the game, citing those as the reason for their loss.
Even though all of the calls were defended well by the officials following the game and, had the shoe been on the other foot Ohio State fans would be harping in the completely opposite direction, they maintain that the officials somehow favored Clemson, costing them a chance to go to the National Championship.
Unfortunately, the Ohio State faithful seem to forget that the Buckeyes actually had the lead as we head into the midway-point of the fourth quarter. As a matter of fact, Ohio State had more than enough chances to put the game away- both early and late- and never could do so.
Early on when Ohio State was in complete control of the game, the Buckeyes couldn’t convert in the red zone. They had to settle for field goals on three separate occasions despite driving the ball deep into Clemson territory.
People also seem to forget that Ohio State had plenty of chances late to put the game away. The Buckeyes took a 23-21 lead with 11:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. The defense got a stop and the offense took over with an opportunity to put the game out of reach with a touchdown.
Though they drained the clock and pinned Clemson deep, they couldn’t score and gave the ball back to the Tigers.
Well, then the Ohio State defense had an opportunity to put the game away. Instead, they allowed Clemson to march 94 yards on just four plays for a touchdown. Then Justin Fields and that OSU offense got the ball back, but an interception in the end zone with a little more than 30 seconds remaining would end any hopes the Buckeyes had.
Even Paul Finebaum, who has been an opponent of Clemson for the majority of 2019, called out Ohio State supporters who continued to harp on the officiating.
"“That game should have been 28-0,” Finebaum said on WJOX in Birmingham. “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 also went on to praise Clemson for its performance in the Fiesta Bowl, according to Saturday Down South.
"“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.”"
Ohio State can continue to talk about the reviews all they want, but it won’t change what happened and really is a bad look moving forward.