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Clemson’s onside kick vs. Bama was risky, but brilliant



By Morgan Moriarty

That play had more drama than we realized. A (literal) last-second miracle was still on the table for the Tide, as three other teams proved with onside touchdowns this season.

Clemson executed an onside kick with one second left in Monday night’s national championship game. The Tigers, who kicked it after scoring a game-winning touchdown to avoid letting Alabama run the kick back, recovered it, leaving just a kneel down left for the Tigers to seal their big victory.

On the one hand, it was smart not to kick it deep, as Bama could’ve run it back for a touchdown or pulled off a lateral-filled miracle. (Also, the kick was revenge for Alabama’s surprise onside kick last year, something the Tigers corrected for in this game.)

Clemson also seems to have surprised Bama, with the Tide players lined up far away from the line and being caught off-guard by the onside. They were apparently expecting a squib kick to the middle of the field. You can see how only two players were anywhere close to the ball once it crossed the 45 and became live, and they were both out-positioned by a circle forming Click for Full Story




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