Clemson linebacker James Skalski was kicked out of the national championship game against LSU on Monday evening after officials decided to drive with his helmet when he did a tackle.
The game occurred in the third quarter with approximately six minutes remaining to play. Joe Burrow throws the ball to the large catcher Justin Jefferson who is immediately met by two tacklers. Skalski appeared to have tackled but drove with his helmet and hit Jefferson in his helmet.
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Officials reviewed the game and expelled Skalski for targeting.
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Skalski’s expulsion infuriated many on social media with the university football targeting rule and how the linebacker was kicked out of the biggest game of his career.
Skalski played 14 games during the 2019 season. He recorded 85 combined tackles and 2 1/2 bags. Skalski’s loss is a serious blow to Clemson and offers the LSU an advantage in attack.
LSU scored in the next game to increase the lead to 10 points, 35-25. The touchdown move gave Burrow the record for most touchdown passes in one season.
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Clemson and LSU went back and forth throughout the game, but Clemson had a hard time stopping LSU in the later stages of the national championship.