Ohio State AD Gene Smith 'Livid' About Officiating in Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State AD Gene Smith
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Buckeye Nation is reeling this morning after they lost in heartbreaking fashion to Trevor Lawrence and Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night, with one of the major factors in the Tigers' win being some questionable officiating that has Ohio State AD Gene Smith furious.

According to FOX's Joel Klatt, Smith is "livid" with what he believed to be overzealous replay that ended up taking a few big plays away from the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes ended up getting hosed on two separate significant plays in this game, as slot cornerback Shaun Wade was ejected for targeting after a hit on Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence that was questionable to say the least.

The more egregious miss came when cornerback Jeff Okudah clearly forced Justyn Ross to fumble the ball after the Clemson WR took six steps with the ball in his possession. After review, the officials decided to rule the pass incomplete and took a touchdown away from the Buckeyes.

There is no possible way you can look at that and argue he didn't have possession.

Citing officiating as the main reason for a loss usually comes across as desperate, but Ohio State has some legitimate gripes here, as momentum swung clearly in Clemson's favor after both questionable calls went the way of the Tigers.