Every week, there are a half-dozen questionable targeting calls that lead to ejections in college football. We just saw another in the Ohio State vs. Nebraska contest.
Early in the second quarter, with Ohio State leading 16-7, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez attempted to find tight end Kurt Rafdal across the middle. Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller attempted to tackle Rafdal, leading with his shoulder. Rafdal didn’t make the catch and fell to the ground, right as Fuller hit him.
Fuller wound up hitting Rafdal in the head/neck area. It was called targeting. The call was held up and Fuller was ejected.
It certainly doesn’t look like Fuller was being malicious. But that’s the rule these days. Here’s the play:
Ohio State’s Jordan Fuller was ejected for targeting. pic.twitter.com/cccZ7MKgzd
— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) November 3, 2018
Jordan Fuller gets ejected for confirmed targeting on Kurt Rafdal. In Fuller's place, Brendon White enters at safety next to Shaun Wade. Tough play for Fuller with Rafal falling down during Adrian Martinez's short pass on 1st-and-10 from Nebraska's 11 but Ohio State buckles down. pic.twitter.com/BENkyNqQek
— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) November 3, 2018
— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 3, 2018
Ohio State, after a rough start, has scored 16 unanswered points and holds a 16-7 lead midway through the second quarter.