How did the weird safety happen in Tech vs. Clemson?

Georgia Tech’s Corey Griffin shed some light on Monday on his role in the bizarre safety that occurred in last week’s 26-7 loss to Clemson.

During the play, safety Lance Austin intercepted Deshaun Watson in the end zone with the Tigers leading 14-0.

Instead of taking a knee in the end zone, Austin tried to run. As he crossed the goal line, Griffin arrived and tried to leap over him. The ball was somehow knocked out, where it fell back into the end zone. Austin jumped on it, resulting in the safety.

Griffin said he has been coached to try to block the intended receiver, which was Mike Williams, who was trying to tackle Austin. As Griffin moved in for the block, Williams fell down. Because Griffin couldn’t hit a player on the ground without being penalized, he tried to jump over both Williams and Austin. As Griffin was in the air, his knee hit the ball, which Austin was holding in the crook of his right arm.

“The ball just flew out,” Griffin said.

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