Columbia, SC – Reactions ranged from “greatest hit ever seen” to just a simple, “Wow.” The hit and fumble recovery Jadeveon Clowney put on Michigan’s Vincent Smith spawned a trending topic on Twitter, multiple ESPN replays, No. 1 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the day, online GIF images, mulitple YouTube uploads, and even a tweet by LeBron James.
ESPN’s official YouTube upload of the hit alone has almost 800,000 views in 24 hours:
The Gamecock Productions edition of the hit includes another low-angle shot from the other side of the field:
As big of a play as it was individually for Clowney, it was also a huge game-changer. As anyone who watched the game knows, the play came immediately after a questionable first down call in Michigan’s favor that seemed to fire up the South Carolina defense. On the next play after the hit and fumble recovery, Connor Shaw found Ace Sanders in the end zone for a go-ahead score.