Honestly, the whole first quarter and much of the second quarter could be considered a dud. The offensive line was dominated by OSU’s defensive line for much of the first half and the Tigers weren’t able to stop the Buckeyes from progressing down the field, though they held strong in the red zone.
The result was Clemson falling behind 16-0- which could’ve been more- before finally making a few momentum-shifting plays to get back in the game.
One of the biggest duds from the game has to be the dropped interceptions by the Clemson defense.
Though Nolan Turner made the play when it mattered most, the Tigers could’ve created momentum for themselves much earlier had they not dropped interceptions.
Looking back at the film, we counted at least three interceptions dropped by the defense and one that would’ve basically been a pick-six had the play been made.
The aftermath nonsense
The unfortunate aspect of this game has to do with the storylines coming out of it. Instead of this being considered a College Football classic- which it was- many Ohio State fans and Clemson haters have banned together to attempt to blame the officiating for the loss, which is a total weak move.
The Buckeyes had plenty of chances to win the game and, instead, it was Clemson that made the plays when it mattered most.
This was a battle of two great teams and the Tigers came away with the win. That should be the storyline.