The officials from yesterday's Fiesta Bowl matchup between the Clemson Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes are catching some heat from Columbus.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence appeared to throw a complete pass that was subsequently fumbled by receiver Justyn Ross; safety recovered the ball and returned it for the would-be go ahead touchdown. The officials initially ruled the play to be a complete pass, a fumble and touchdown return for the Buckeyes.
The play in question:
This was originally called a catch and fumble return TD, but was overturned as an incomplete pass. #CFBPlayoff pic.twitter.com/3RxiGYTvCv
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 29, 2019
A review then determined the pass was incomplete.
Needless to say, social media was ablaze with reaction afterwards.
Another bad call against #OhioState that was clearly a catch and fumble! I hate to think there’s a “fix” in but the SEC has hated OSU for a long time and they are the ones officiating the booth tonight. The officiating in the #NCAAFootball and #NFL has gotten so bad #FiestaBowl
— Chef Keith (@dolewhipdaily) December 29, 2019
Should Ohio state lose this game, the catch & fumble will be talked about for months on in, with out dought!
— Paul M. Connell (@PaulMConnell2) December 29, 2019
Ohio State needed to score in the red zone. that’s 12 points off the board. but the refs also need to be held accountable for those RIDICULOUS CALLS. the targeting call, awful, the overturned fumble, BLASPHEMY. i don’t even know what to think
— Ben Sexton (@benmsexton11) December 29, 2019
Ohio State got robbed. That was a fumble recovery
— Daniel Walker, MBA (@walkerdl) December 29, 2019
I’m going to stick with it, Ohio state should have won, because that fumble should’ve been a touchdown.
— Dyl (@Dylannicol47) December 29, 2019
That fumble should’ve been a touchdown. Ohio State got robbed
— Jared Robbins (@JRobbins43) December 29, 2019
Anyone who understands football at all will know how bad Ohio State got robbed tonight…
— Jordan (@FragaJordan) December 29, 2019
I just want to say ohio was robbed today ohio state vs the world #BuckeyeNation #OSUvsCLEM
— VIBE ☞ (@tre_beasty) December 29, 2019
#OhioState was straight up robbed by bad officiating tonight.
— B-Rad (@theOneBrady8) December 29, 2019