Clemson's loss to Florida State this past Saturday night was especially frustrating for fans, given the fact that the Tigers had numerous opportunities to take control of the game before overtime. One such opportunity occurred near the end of the third quarter with the score tied at 10-10.
After a long completion from Deshaun Watson to Stanton Seckinger, the Tigers had the ball on the Seminoles' 1-yard-line. Two plays later, center Ryan Norton's snap landed way over Watson's head, leading to a 23-yard loss. Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip then missed a 40-yard field goal attempt, meaning that the Tigers got zero points on what looked like a very promising possession.
Unfortunately, a few Clemson fans went way overboard in criticizing Norton for his role in the loss. According to head coach Dabo Swinney, the center received death threats on social media following the contest. Via ESPN:
"Coach [Chad] Morris told me [about the threats] last night," Swinney told reporters. "That's disappointing. I think he deleted his account. It's a shame that young people have to deal with that kind of stuff. Nobody wants to make a bad snap.
"I think most of it was people mad and venting, but it was threatening to Ryan is what I was told. Those aren't fans -- those are people with issues."
Here's the play in question, for those who didn't catch the game live.
We've said this time and time again. It doesn't matter how your team loses a football game - it's never right to make threats towards players on social media. Let's hope it's the last instance we hear of it for quite some time.