Dabo Swinney clarifies game-ending play call vs. Miami
Dabo Swinney and Clemson took a loss to Miami Saturday night, falling to 4-3 in the process. It is uncommon territory for the Tigers in recent memory as the program now has 3 ACC losses on the season.
Clemson did have a chance to tie the game in double overtime, but a fourth-down play was snuffed out by the Hurricane defense. As the play unfolded, it appeared to be an RPO with quarterback Cade Klubnik keeping the ball and getting thrown for a loss.
After the game, Swinney said it was never designed to be an RPO. It was designed to be a straight handoff, but Klubnik did not execute it.
“No, it was a handoff. 100%. It was going to be a handoff. Spoiled it,” said Klubnik. “I got no answer. Just trying to do too much. No RPO, it’s a give, and we just didn’t do it. We made a lotta plays, but, again, we just gotta play within the system.”
Dabo Swinney asked by @MDavidHood if 4th and 1 on final play was an RPO: “No it was a handoff, 100% … It’s a give, and we just didn’t do it … We gotta play within the system.”
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That explanation will not make the loss any easier for the Tigers to handle, but it did appear that Will Shipley had a shot at the end zone if Klubnik had handed the ball off. Clemson must also answer for a 17-7 lead entering the fourth quarter that was squandered as Miami rallied with a 10-point swing.