Clemson's Ben Boulware apologizes for incident in pile with Lamar Jackson

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CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 01: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals is sacked by Ben Boulware #10 of the Clemson Tigers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Ben Boulware, right, had 18 tackles in Clemson’s win over Lamar Jackson and Louisville (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

One part of Saturday night’s thriller between Clemson and Louisville that caught a lot of attention came late in the first half.

The play in question involved two stars: Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware. After Jackson was brought to the ground by Boulware on a designed QB run, Jackson emerged from the pile and was livid.

The replay showed why:

You can see Boulware, who had 18 tackles in the Tigers’ 42-36 win, with his arm wrapped around Jackson’s neck. Jackson was understandably upset and initially had to be restrained by an official after the play.

After the game, Boulware apologized and said he was just trying to make sure the shifty Jackson was down on the ground.

“I was just trying to pull him down. If he thought it was a dirty play, I definitely apologize,” Boulware said per ESPN.com’s David Hale. “I was just trying to get him down.”

Jackson didn’t seem too hung up about the incident after the game.

“I was waiting on the call,” he said per the Courier-Journal. “I wasn’t frustrated; they were just turning my neck. I wasn’t used to that. That’s football.”

Boulware was complimentary of Jackson, who finished with 457 yards of offense and three touchdowns.

“I was very confident going in that our scheme would shut him down, but hat’s off to that dude,” Boulware said according to the Anderson Independent-Mail. “He’s a freak athlete and he exposed us in some areas. It’s hard to stop him. He’s probably the best player I’ve ever played against.”

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