Tuesday during the Outback Bowl, Michigan was awarded a first down on a play where the chain gang was called out, the spot was measured and the ball was inches short of the stick for everyone (except the referee) to see. South Carolina challenged the spot (they couldn’t challenge the actual ruling), but the call was upheld.
And to Michigan running back Victor Smith’s detriment, that upset South Carolina defensive end/freak Jadeveon Clowney. On the next play, Clowney went untouched into the Michigan backfield and knocked Smith into next week. Smith’s helmet flew five yards backwards and the ball fell at his feet. For icing on the cake, Clowney recovered the fumble (with one hand). The whole play was The Waterboy-esque
The Gamecocks went on to beat the Wolverines 33-28. Here’s video of the play with the call from ESPN’s Mike Tirico and a GIF below.
Clowney is not eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft, but will likely won’t have to sit in the green room long in 2014.