CLEMSON, S.C. (WSAV) — This past Saturday one of the biggest plays of the college football season was made by one of our own — Savannah native and Florida State linebacker Kalen DeLoach.
DeLoach and the Seminoles were down 24-17 at Clemson late in the third quarter. Their College Football Playoff hopes, then-No. 4 ranking and eighth straight times loss to Clemson were hanging in the balance. This was until Kalen DeLoach blitzed the Clemson quarterback, recorded a sack, forced a fumble, recovered it and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 24. Florida State would win in overtime, 31-24. Kalen made one of the biggest plays of the during the first four weeks of the college football season.
“I felt like a play needed to be made,” DeLoach said. “We were down 17-24 at the moment. We wanted to go out there a play our defense and play fast. We knew we needed a stop because we just gave a one (touchdown). So we had to go out there a make a play. He got a little assist for tapping it up to me. I just picked it up and tried to do what I could do.”
DeLoach, along with defensive back Renardo Green, was named Player of the Week by the ACC for his performance against Clemson.
Kalen and the Seminoles are off this week. They return to action on Oct. 7 at home against Virginia Tech.