After witnessing Robert Gunn III miss three field goals and an extra point in the Tigers’ first three games, Dabo Swinney turned to Jonathan Weitz, who had an extra year of eligibility after having been a part of the Tigers’ program from 2019-22.
With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, and the game tied at 24, Weitz missed a chip-shot 29-yard field goal that would have given Clemson the lead in Death Valley.
ESPN's veteran broadcaster Sean McDonough, who was on the call with former Alabama standout Greg McElroy delivered an all-time call at the game's most pivotal moment.
Lamenting the big miss, McElroy said, “What would’ve been a Hollywood ending,” referring to the kicker pulled out of retirement making a game-winning kick. McDonough retorted with: “Well the writers are on strike.”
"On what would have been a Hollywood ending..."— ND Football Discord (@NDF_Discord) September 23, 2023
"...Well the writers are on strike"
Sean McDonough, you are the GOAT. pic.twitter.com/FRabJlwehh
Social media paid the veteran broadcaster respect for treating college football fans to an all-time classic one-liner.
Sean McDonough with a classic line after the Hollywood script field goal misses for Clemson. “Well, the writers are on strike.” Head to ABC. Clemson and FSU headed for a classic finish tied in final minute.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 23, 2023
“The writers are on strike.”— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) September 23, 2023
Perfectly done by Sean McDonough.
Clemson off the street kicker just missed the game winning kick!— BallTalkSource (@BallTalkSource) September 23, 2023
— "Dabo said yesterday this is either going to be a great story, or terrible."- Sean McDonough
Frustrated Sean McDonough remains the best.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) September 23, 2023
All that buildup for a Hollywood ending and Weitz missed the kick for Clemson. Great line by Sean McDonough “well, the writers are on strike.”— Kevin Negandhi (@KevinNegandhi) September 23, 2023
Greg McElroy: "What would've been a Hollywood ending."— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) September 23, 2023
Sean McDonough: "Well the writers are on strike."
"The writers are on strike." Great line from Sean McDonough— Kyle Deckelbaum (@KyleDeckelbaum) September 23, 2023