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Look: Vicious Facemask Penalty During Wake Forest-Rutgers Game

a general view of Big Ten school rutgers' high point stadium

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21: General view of High Point Solutions Stadium before the start of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Arkansas Razorbacks game on September 21, 2013 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

During the first half of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan found himself on the wrong end of a brutal facemask penalty.

Wake Forest defensive lineman Miles Fox legitimately pulled Langan's facemask so hard that his helmet was turned completely around. Langan's helmet snapped back to the front once Fox released the facemask.

The replay that ESPN showed was truly brutal to watch, as Langan could've suffered a very serious injury on the play. As you'd expect, college football fans were worried for Langan's safety.

"Johnny Langan is going to have a sore neck tomorrow," one college football fan said. "Almost got decapitated on that facemask."

"Holy cow two WF defenders facemask Rutgers QB Langan almost tearing his head off," another fan said.

Here's the facemask penalty from the Gator Bowl:

Thankfully, this facemask penalty didn't result in a serious injury for Langan. He remained on the field for that Rutgers drive and even made a few key plays.

Rutgers currently trails 17-10 to Wake Forest in the Gator Bowl.

College football fans can catch this game on ESPN.