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National Championship liveblog: Clemson vs. Alabama

We are covering the 2016-17 National College Football Championship game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa between Clemson and Alabama. Today’s officiating crew is from the Big 12.



 

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 10, 20171:04 am

:09 | 4th qtr. On the final touchdown by Clemson, we see another potential “pic play”. Clemson receiver Artavis Scott fires off the line, and we see contact between him and Alabama defensive back Marion Humphrey. The contact looks to be mutual however, as Humphrey also reaches out and grabs Scott. Given these factors, this looks to be a good no-call.


Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 10, 201712:39 am

0:09 | 4th qtr. On a play snapped at the 9 yard-line, Alabama committed defensive pass interference on a throw by Clemson. The penalty occurred at the 1 yard-line. By NCAA rules, when the ball is snapped inside the 17 yard-line, and the defensive pass interference occurs at any point inside the 2 yard-line, the ball is placed at the 2.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 10, 201712:34 am
0:01 | 4th qtr. Clemson TD — Hunter Renfrow 2 yd. pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel). CU 31-34 key
Mark Schultz Mark Schultz January 10, 201712:23 am

:01 | 4th qtr. The crew had better be on top of every backward pass on this upcoming kickoff.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 10, 201712:11 am
2:07 | 4th qtr. Alabama TD — Jalen Hurts 30 yd. run (Adam Griffith). UA 31-28 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 10, 201712:07 am
4:38 | 4th qtr. Clemson TD — Wayne Gallman 1 yd. run (Greg Huegel). UA 24-28 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 201711:47 pm
14:00 | 4th qtr. On a Clemson touchdown play, Clemson receiver Jordan Leggett drives an Alabama defensive back into the end zone while fellow receiver Mike Williams goes behind him for a wide-open reception. Eligible receivers are not allowed to block downfield, and Leggett’s actions opened up space for Williams to catch the touchdown pass. This should have been flagged as offensive pass interference.
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 201711:30 pm
14:00 | 4th qtr. Clemson TD — Mike Williams 4 yd. pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel). UA 24-21 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 201711:26 pm

Another potential targeting. This time, Ben Boulware (Clemson) did everything he could to avoid a targeting. His head was raised and to the side, and there was no indicator of targeting (launching, an upwards thrust, leading with the helmet, or lowering the helmet).

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 201711:20 pm
1:53 | 3rd qtr. Alabama TD — O.J. Howard 68 yd. pass from Jalen Hurts (Adam Griffith). UA 24-14 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 201710:58 pm
7:10 | 3rd qtr. Clemson TD — Hunter Renfrow 24 yd. pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel). UA 17-14 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 201710:33 pm
12:25 | 3rd qtr. Alabama FG — Adam Griffith 27 yd. UA 17-7 key
Mark Schultz Mark Schultz January 9, 20179:58 pm

Social media taking note of referee Mike Defee’s fitness program.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20179:42 pm
6:09 | 2nd qtr. Clemson TD — Deshaun Watson 8 yd. run (Greg Huegel). UA 14-7 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20179:35 pm

Alabama’s receivers blocked defensive backs downfield on this play, but the ball was caught behind the line of scrimmage. Offensive pass interference only applies to a forward pass that crosses the line of scrimmage.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20179:23 pm
10:42 | 2nd qtr. Alabama TD — Bo Scarbrough 37 yd. run (Adam Griffith). UA 14-0 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20179:16 pm
1:07 | 1st qtr. On a punt, Alabama made the excellent effort to down the ball at the Clemson 1 yard-line. In NCAA, even if a player is in the end zone when he touches the ball, the ball’s status remains out of the end zone. Therefore it was irrelevant the player’s position, but replay confirmed that the ball did not cross the goal line.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20179:02 pm
Tony Brown delivered a hit on Mike Williams at the end of a kick return. This did not satisfy either categories of targeting – the “crown of helmet” type (it was with the side of the helmet) or the “defenseless player type” (Williams still had the ability to achieve forward progress even though he was in the grasp of a defender).

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20178:42 pm
9:23 | 1st qtr. Alabama TD — Bo Scarbrough 25 yd. run (Adam Griffith). UA 7-0 key
Rich Madrid Rich Madrid January 9, 20178:42 pm

9:15 | 1st qtr. Personal foul on #41 of Clemson at the end of the kick return. Clemson ball at their own 29.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20178:31 pm
A look at the hit on Watson. Since it was a pitch and not a pass, it is less clear if Watson was in the category of a defenseless player – the amount of time from being a runner to a passer is very narrow. However the the hit was shoulder to helmet, on a player who had his concentration elsewhere, which by rule can make a player defenseless.

Rich Madrid Rich Madrid January 9, 20178:28 pm

12:20 | 1st qtr. Alabama penalty on #10 for unnecessary roughness on the QB. Forcible contact to the head after the pitch.

Mark Schultz Mark Schultz January 9, 20178:26 pm

Sheesh! Does referee Mike Defee enter body building competitions in the off-season? He’s more ripped than Ed Hochuli!

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20178:18 pm

The Clemson Tigers have won the toss and will defer their choice to the second half. The Alabama Crimson Tide will begin with the football.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 9, 20177:47 pm

The Big 12 crew is led by Mike Defee, including line judge Mark Stewart, who was a part of the NFL Officiating Development program this past season.

R Mike Defee
U Robert Richeson
C Dan Scanlon
H Mike Moeller
L Mark Stewart
S Anthony Fleming
F Joe Blubaugh
B Joe Wetzel

7 comments for “National Championship liveblog: Clemson vs. Alabama

  1. Bob
    January 9, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    How is that not targeting on the hit on the Clemson wr?

  2. jay
    January 9, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    The center judge is Dan Scanlan.

  3. Mark Schultz
    Mark Schultz
    January 9, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks, Jay!

  4. Bob
    January 10, 2017 at 12:33 am

    So, Clemson runs the same illegal pick play twice to win the game? LOL.

  5. Darin Metcalf
    January 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    09 | 4th qtr. On the final touchdown by Clemson, we see another potential “pic play”. Clemson receiver Artavis Scott fires off the line, and we see contact between him and Alabama defensive back Marion Humphrey. The contact looks to be mutual however, as Humphrey also reaches out and grabs Scott. Given these factors, this looks to be a good no-call.

  6. Steve
    January 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    DPI at end of game, looks like it’s on the 2, not in endzone, if so, isn’t it half the distance, would have been on the 5, they said it was in endzone, and by rule on the 2.. I know it’s only 3 yards, however, with only 6 seconds, it could have come into play.. Replay on the squib kick????? what were they looking at/ for?? It took forever.. I thought crew overall did very well, 2 “picks” plays were good no calls.. Let them play..

  7. Rod Tucker
    January 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    If the ball is snapped from the 17 going in, any DPI occurring between the 17 and the 2 would be a spot foul. DPI occurring from the 2 to the end zone, the ball would be places at the 2. Say if the ball was snapped from the 18, and the foul happened from the 3 to the end zone, it would be enforced the full 15 yards. There is no half the distance penalty for DPI, unless it was snapped from the 2 yard line, or happened on a try in NCAA rules.

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