Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson says NCAA should review rules on fake slides following TD by Pitt QB Kenny Pickett


Kenny Pickett fakes a slide and takes it all the way to the house.

The Wake Forest defense was fooled by Kenny Pickett and he took it 58 yards for the opening touchdown. (0:45)

10:11 AM

Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson said that the NCAA needs to review its rules on whether quarterbacks should be allowed to fake slide after escaping the pocket.

The statement was made by Clawson after his team's 45-21 loss to Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday night.

He pretended to slide after picking up the first down after breaking containment. Two Wake Forest defenders thought Pickett was giving himself up. Instead, he made a quick cut and raced another 40 yards for a touchdown before blowing kisses to the crowd in the end zone.

The NCAA should consider a rule that would prevent a player from doing what he did, according to Dave Clawson.

"If that is the rule, I will have my guy fake knee all the way down the field, and really, what do you do?" "Clawson said that." You can't fake a slide, that's something the NCAA is going to have to look at.

Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett said his fake slide in the conference title game was not intentional, but something he had never done before.

He said he had never seen a play in which a quarterback pretended to give himself up and ran.

"You just train your players, as soon as your quarterback starts sliding, you stop, because if you touch him it's going to be a penalty," he said. Our kids stopped playing when he started his slide. I don't think he did it consciously, but if he did, he's brilliant. I think he reacted as an athlete. What do you tell your players? The quarterback is protected, and there are two guys who could have made a play but stopped because he started to slide.

He admitted after the game that he did it.

"Yes, it was intentional," said Pickett, who accounted for three touchdown on Saturday night. I slowed down, pulled up, and saw their body language as I prepared to slide. I have never done that before. I kept going after I started to slide.

Pat Narduzzi defended his quarterback.

"I think it was instincts," Narduzzi said. I think it was a great football play. He drug his foot as he started to slide. The closest defense could have been 4 or 5 yards away. I think Pickett was going to go down and be safe, but then he was like, "Wait on a second." He just took off.

Narduzzi doesn't think that Pickett did anything wrong.

Narduzzi said that he coaches the defensive guys to finish the play. If the quarterback goes down a lot, we slide over the top of them. Being a football player is all it is. You have to finish the play. When the whistle blows, you stop. If the quarterback slides too late, you have to gather up. The quarterback gets tattooed a little bit when he slides too late. It's part of the game.

The play isn't taught by the coaching staff.

He said that they never practice it. "It wasn't like we said, 'Today we're going to fake slide.' It was a football play. Kenny Pickett is the best and that's why he's a champion.