Alabama Just Ran A Ridiculous Fake Field Goal vs. Clemson

first_imgNick Saban on the sideline at the national title game.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the first quarter in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff national title game started off with a torrid scoring pace as Clemson and Alabama exchanged touchdowns for most of the first quarter. Entering the half, Clemson held a 31-16 advantage, thanks to two very questionable interceptions thrown by Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.Early in the second half, Alabama drove down the field and was deep in Clemson territory. After failing to secure a first down, Alabama lined up to kick a 40-yard field goal.In what had to be the easiest fake field goal to diagnose as a defense thanks to Alabama’s poor kicking in the first half, the Tigers were ready for what came next.Backup quarterback and holder Mac Jones attempted to run for the first down and got nowhere close.Not great.— Max Olson (@max_olson) January 8, 2019Immediately Nick Saban caught heat for the call, especially running with Mac Jones instead of throwing the ball.Clemson then took the ball and scored a long touchdown to extend its lead to 37-16.last_img