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2017 Sugar Bowl liveblog

We are covering the Sugar Bowl playoff semifinal between Clemson and Alabama in a rematch of last year’s championship game. Today’s crew is from the Pac-12.

 

Ben Austro Ben Austro January 1, 20189:10 pm
R Land Clark
U Frank Villar
H Daryl Johnson
L Matt Dornan
F Kevin Kieser
S Jeff Dahle
B Joe Johnston
C Mike McCabe
Ben Austro Ben Austro January 1, 20189:15 pm

Land Clark has spent the past 2 seasons in the NFL’s development program as a field judge and side judge.

Ben Austro Ben Austro January 1, 20189:27 pm
5:23 | 1st qtr. Alabama FG — Andy Pappanastos 24 yd. BAMA 3-0 key
Ben Austro Ben Austro January 1, 20189:29 pm

One additional crew note: Matt Dornan is the son of retired NFL back judge Kirk Dornan.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 1, 20189:46 pm
0:12 | 1st qtr. Alabama TD — Calvin Ridley 12 yd. pass from Jalen Hurts (kick good). BAMA 10-0 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 1, 20189:57 pm
10:00 | 2nd qtr. Clemson FG — Alex Spence 44 yd. BAMA 10-3 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 1, 201811:29 pm
2:51 | 2nd — Pass Interference (Clemson), Ineligible Downfield (Alabama). Offsetting.

Great job of communicating between back judge Joe Johnston and field judge Kevin Kiser. Johnston had a better angle to see a tug of a shoulder that Kiser was straight-lined and couldn’t see. In some cases, the primary official chooses not to throw a flag for a reason, and can provide that information to the calling official. In this case, Johnston explained the situation to Kiser, who presumedly gave Johnston the blessing to report the foul to referee Land Clark.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 1, 201811:32 pm
12:45 | 3rd qtr. Clemson FG — Alex Spence 42 yd. BAMA 10-6 key
5:40 | 3rd qtr. Alabama TD — Da’Ron Payne 1 yd. pass from Jalen Hurts (kick good). BAMA 17-6 key
5:27 | 3rd qtr. Alabama TD — Mack Wilson 18 yd. interception return (kick good). BAMA 24-6 key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 1, 201811:41 pm
13:34 | 4th qtr Official review — Runner reached the line to gain. Call stands. key

This call stands, as is the case with most spots, unless the spot is obviously egregious, or if there is a clear landmark on the field such as a hashmark that can be used to move the spot. In that mush, it would have been hard to conclusively change anything.

Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 1, 201811:59 pm
8:30 | 4th qtr Official review — Completed catch. Call confirmed. key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 2, 201812:13 am
2:32 | 4th qtr Official review — Incomplete pass. Call reversed: catch. key
Matt Holmquist Matt Holmquist January 2, 201812:24 am

Alabama 24-6, final

Penalties

  • Alabama — 2/10 (+1 offsetting)
  • Clemson — 4/29 (+1 offsetting)

Replays

  • 3 reviews
  • 1 stands, 1 confirmed, 1 reversed

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