Alabama always seems to get away with plays that should be penalties and gets penalties called in their favor when it seems they don’t deserve it. This is just going to be another prime example of the former. During a drive in the third quarter of the Peach Bowl, linebacker Ryan Anderson claps at the Washington offensive line and basically causes a fumble:
There is a pretty clear rule that says that should have been a penalty and that was what UW quarterback Jake Browning was talking to the official about after the play ended.
Here’s a passage from this year’s rulebook:
No player shall use words or signals that disconcert opponents when they are preparing to put the ball in play. No player may call defensive signals that simulate the sound or cadence of (or otherwise interfere with) offensive starting signals.
Clearly the refs were not doing their job very well, but that particular play is probably not why the Huskies lost 24-7. It certainly didn’t help though!
[h/t SB Nation]