Inside the play: The failed fake punt that symbolized Clemson’s terrible night

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — There were plenty of moments in Clemson’s 27-24 loss to Syracuse that could’ve swung the game in the other direction. Perhaps if Kelly Bryant doesn’t get hurt or if two field goal attempts weren’t botched or if the defense could’ve just gotten off the field on three third-down attempts on Syracuse’s final drive, things might’ve ended differently.

Instead, it all went wrong for the second-ranked Tigers on Friday night in the Carrier Dome, and if you’re looking for one image that summed it all up, it was the fake punt. The awful, ridiculous, utterly frustrating fake punt.

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Article source: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/insidetheplay101317/failed-fake-punt-symbolized-clemson-tigers-terrible-night

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