Ohio State Thinks Clemson Cheated In Fiesta Bowl
Ohio State thinks Clemson cheated in the Fiesta Bowl and was awarded the win by referees.
That appears to be the running theme of the postgame comments coming from head coach Ryan Day and athletic director Gene Smith.
Clemson beat Ohio State in the closing moments of Saturday’s outing 29-23 following a game-ending Justin Fields interception.
Over the course of the evening, there were multiple controversial calls that did not end up going the Buckeyes’ way.
“There were just a lot of plays in that game that didn’t…go our way,” Day said afterwards.
“One reason or another.
“It was hard to look guys in the eye, knowing how hard they played, how well they played.”
Among the objectionable officiating decisions were a targeting ejection and an overturned fumble.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 29, 2019
The Buckeyes were leading Clemson 16-0 prior to the ejection.
Smith was particularly ticked off about the overturned fumble, angrily texting Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports about it during the game.
“Terry McAulay is 100-percent correct!!! Unreal!!” Smith texted, adding “Feel free to share how pissed I am.”
Just got a text from Ohio State AD Gene Smith: “Terry McAulay is 100-percent correct!!! Unreal!!” He added: “Feel free to share how pissed I am.” https://t.co/mVcsabPYFf
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 29, 2019
Despite how the Buckeyes feel about what transpired, they did have the ball at the end of the game with a chance to win it all.
Now they will be forced to watch from home as No. 1 ranked LSU and No. 3 ranked Clemson will square off for the National Championship.