What if Renfrow did not tackle Alabama’s Anderson?

As big of a play as Hunter Renfrow’s game-winning catch was to beat Alabama in the 2017 National Championship Game on Jan. 9, do you ever wonder if it would have even happened had it not been for another play the Clemson wide receiver made earlier in the game?

The play no one really talks about came on the Tigers’ first possession of the second half. With the Tigers tailing 14-7 early in the third quarter running back Wayne Gallman fumbled the ball deep in Clemson territory and Alabama’s Ryan Anderson picked up the loose football and started running towards the goal line.

However, Renfrow came out of nowhere and dragged the ‘Bama linebacker down. The Clemson defense then forced a three-and-out and held the Crimson Tide to a field goal. Obviously, those four points turned out to be huge in the Tigers’ 35-31 victory.

“I was lucky he looked right,” Renfrow said. “When he picked the ball up he looked right then looked left. If he would have looked left first, he might have stiff armed me so we got lucky from that standpoint. But I just try to be the best player I can be.”

Watch Renfrow talk about catching Anderson, holding fans’ babies and spring practice on TCITV.

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