Ask any college football fan what the worst rule in the sport is and everyone will come up with the same answer: targeting.
Unfortunately, the penalty often results in a very controversial ruling. That was the case on Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten showdown between the Penn State Nittany Lions and Wisconsin Badgers.
Late in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz attempted to pick up a first down. Star linebacker Ellis Brooks came flying up the field to meet Mertz along the sideline.
Brooks’ helmet made contact with Mertz’s, but targeting wasn’t initially called. After a timeout from Wisconsin, though, the officials decided to take another look.
Here’s the play.
Mertz takes a huge hit from Brooks that was confirmed as targeting after review. Brooks has been disqualified from the remainder of the game. pic.twitter.com/89pfzBhcqe
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 4, 2021
Brooks was called for targeting on the play and was ejected from the contest. Just like that Penn State’s leader on the defensive side of the ball was taken out of the game.
Thankfully, Penn State’s defense was able to come up with an incredible stop on the possession.
The Nittany Lions hold a 16-10 lead with just over two minutes left in the game.