And if the first call was bad (it appeared to be bad), why wasn't the helmet to helmet hit they're crowing about even worse? Last I heard that's a huge penalty.
Maybe because it wasn’t helmet to helmet.
Nay nay my friend, on both points.
First, the Gamecocks scored on a bomb the VERY NEXT PLAY, so the hit absolutely changed the game around.
Second, Clowney’s head was UP, he saw what he hit, and he immediately had the presence of mind to see the ball pop out and where it was, and he picked it up in a split second. NONE of that would be possible if the head had been down, and the helmet used as the weapon, which is what the penalty in the NFL is about.
Not saying a ref might not have called it, but the no call was the proper call on the hit.