Jimbo Fisher wasn’t pleased.
Florida State lost a tough ACC showdown to Clemson 37-34 on Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium to drop to 5-3. Afterward, the Seminoles coach went on an epic rant about the officiating.
Early in the fourth quarter, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook broke loose for a 50-yard run with the Seminoles clinging to a 28-26 lead. However, the lengthy gain was negated when a chop-block penalty was called on fullback Freddie Stevenson. A short time later, Florida State’s sideline was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after arguing the call. The Seminoles eventually punted.
Fisher was steamed about the whole thing.
“It’s ridiculous,” he told reporters after the game. “It’s not a chop. It was not a chop. And I’m going to tell you what, you hold coaches accountable, players accountable, hold the damn officials accountable. It’s garbage. And then to call another penalty on the sideline is even more garbage. It’s cowardly, it’s gutless and wrong.
“Now they can take it, fine it, do whatever they want to do with it, that’s a fact. Look at the film. It’s ridiculous that they do it. That was a huge call in the game. Now, (we) still had chances to win the game after that. But it’s ridiculous, and the guy wasn’t even in position to make it and plus it was 10 yards down the field so the penalty should have been marked from there, not from the line of scrimmage.”
You can check out Fisher’s rant below, courtesy of ESPNU:
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) October 30, 2016