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Video: Penn State Star LB Micah Parsons Ejected For Targeting

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons reacts to making a tackle.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 07: Micah Parsons #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts after making a tackle Kevin Marks #5 of the Buffalo Bulls during the second half at Beaver Stadium on September 07, 2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

On Friday night, the Maryland Terrapins hosted the Penn State Nittany Lions in a clash of Big Ten programs hoping to keep pace with the conference's elite.

Penn State jumped out to an early lead thanks to an awful interception thrown by Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson. Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford kept the ball on a 9-yard scamper to put Penn State up 7-0.

On the Nittany Lions' very next possession, Clifford hit wide receiver KJ Hamler on a 58-yard touchdown to open a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for Penn State though.

Star linebacker Micah Parsons made a terrible decision when he launched himself at Jackson after the quarterback had thrown a pass.

Officials immediately ruled targeting and confirmed the call after just a short review.

Here's the play in question.

It's a dumb play by a very vital part of the Penn State defense.

Parsons came into the program and played nearly every down for the Nittany Lions as a freshman last season. In his second year with the program, he needs to know better than to hit the quarterback late - especially on the road.

Penn State holds a 14-0 lead with just over three minutes left in the first quarter.