Watch: Referees mismanage clock before halftime of title game
Referees mismanaged the clock near the end of the first half of Monday’s national championship game.
After a Clemson first down, the clock should have been stopped until the referees spotted the ball near the 27-yard line. The clock initially stopped at 12 seconds, but three ticks ran off before the ball was spotted.
It appeared Clemson’s play ended closer to 15 seconds left on the clock.
Clemson was then forced to call timeout with six seconds left as the clock continued to run. An irate Dabo Swinney argued with the referees to put time back on the clock. The officials put nine seconds on the clock, but the Tigers had already wasted their timeout, preventing an opportunity to run a play for a closer field goal.
You can watch the sequence below:
During his pre-halftime interview, Swinney called the mismanagement “very frustrating.”
On his way to the locker room at the half, Swinney yelled in the direction of officials, screaming “you made us use a timeout,” according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.