If you were watching the Music City Bowl and wondering how the heck Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher got ejected for targeting, you’re not alone.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald thinks it was a bad call too. Really bad.
— Mark Carman (@thecarm) December 29, 2017
Fisher was ejected near the end of the second quarter for this hit.
If we’re going with a strict interpretation of the rule, sure, it could be targeting because the top of Fisher’s helmet was the first to make contact. But he’s trying to tackle a jumping runner. How else could he have made a tackle in this case? Where is his head supposed to go?
The first half was a disastrous display by the Pac-12 officiating crew calling the game. In addition to the targeting call, Kentucky running back Benny Snell was ejected and the Wildcats from Kentucky received four personal foul penalties.
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