Alabama lost a heartbreaking national championship game to Clemson in, what was to some, controversial fashion. Crimson Tide DB Hootie Jones’ comments in the moments after the game will do nothing to extinguish those flames.
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson readily admitted that the Tigers ran a pick play to score the game-winning touchdown with one second remaining. And that’s really just the beginning of calls that some Crimson Tide faithful may have taken issue with during the course of the game. There was a pass interference call that set Clemson up for the game winning touchdown as well.
Jones, when pressed by reporters in the aftermath of the loss, admitted that the Crimson Tide questioned some of the calls as well.
“They were getting a lot of calls,” Jones said. “And we just felt like the refs were just against us. I’m not saying we didn’t get out of poise on our own, we just felt like it was kinda starting to be taken from us.”
When asked whether he was referring to pick plays, Jones responded: “I mean, there was a few of those, but at the same time we’ve still got to finish.”
Alabama finished the game with nine penalties for 82 yards, while Clemson was penalized three times for 35 yards.