On Saturday night, the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers provided college football fans with an instant classic. Following the game, however, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher did not hide his displeasure with the ACC refs and some of the decisions that were made throughout the night.
One call that really irked Fisher was a chop block penalty that negated a 50-yard run by Dalvin Cook.
“It’s ridiculous, 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,” Fisher said after the game, via CBS Sports.
“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. That’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.”
It was a heart-breaking loss for Florida State — which now sits at 5-3 on the season — but they will need to regroup in order to avoid an epic collapse the remainder of the season.
Florida State returns to action next weekend against North Carolina State on the road. Most likely, Fisher will be hearing from the ACC office about his remarks on the officials before kickoff on Saturday.