The targeting rule has cast a long shadow on NCAA football since the rules instatement, and the rule again made its presence felt on Friday night during the Aggies’ 59-10 loss to Wisconsin.
The Aggie defense had largely clamped down on Wisconsin’s offense through the first quarter and a half of play, holding the Badgers scoreless during that time, thanks in part to the stellar play of senior CB Jalen Davis.
Then the following play occurred. Davis seemingly broke up what would have been a third down conversion for the Badgers.
Dude heard footsteps pic.twitter.com/XXnXVZSUET
— Kris (@5kl) September 2, 2017
At first, no flags were thrown. After a brief discussion between refs, Davis was flagged for targeting and ejected from the game. Wisconsin’s offense sparked to life following Davis’s ejection, tying the game by halftime en route to their 59 point outing.
While helmet-to-helmet contact is clearly visible, is it unfair to expect a defender in this situation to avoid such a collision at a full sprint?
Should Jalen Davis have been ejected for targeting? Let us know what you think in the comments.