It appears that some gamesmanship may have helped Auburn jump out to a 21-3 lead over Florida State in the BCS National Championship game.
It came as a shock to anyone who had seen Florida State’s offense when the Seminoles sputtered offensively throughout the first half of play. A fake punt helped Florida State close the halftime deficit to 21-10, but after a three-and-out to start the second half, wideout Kelvin Benjamin came over to the sideline with some crucial information for head coach Jimbo Fisher and star quarterback Jameis Winston.
In this video, dug up by The Big Lead, you can hear Benjamin saying “Dameyune calling all the plays, coach.”
The person Benjamin is referring to is Auburn co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig. Craig was the quarterback coach for Florida State from 2010-2012, so it makes sense that he would be able to steal FSU’s offensive signals.
For the rest of the game, Florida State staff members held up towels to prevent Auburn from seeing their signals. As pointed out by Tomahawk Nation, Fisher even addressed the issue on Monday.
“They had a couple of our signals a couple times and were getting to them. That happens, people do it, and that’s our fault. You’ve got to change them, constantly rotate them, being able to get them in different ways. That’s part of the game. I don’t have a problem with that,” Fisher said.
Like Fisher said, things like this happen and it’s on Florida State to change the signals, especially when they have a former staff member on the opposing sideline.
The towels obviously helped too, as the Seminoles stormed back to win 34-31.
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H/T The Big Lead