Video: Penn State LB Brandon Smith Ejected For Targeting After Controversial Call

first_imgBrandon Smith ejectedTwitter/@EvanPetzoldWatch as Penn State LB Brandon Smith is ejected by the refs for targeting. Was it the right call?Penn State LB Brandon Smith was ejected in the second quarter against Michigan after an iffy targeting call by the referees. Smith appeared to be trying to intercept a pass to Michigan’s Grant Perry when his shoulder pads came into contact with Perry’s facemask. The refs reviewed the call, and it was upheld, thus Smith was ejected.You be the judge:Penn State LB Brandon Smith has been ejected for targeting.— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) September 24, 2016Here’s the “hit” from another angle:Show me the part where Brandon Smith’s helmet hit the reciever’s helmet. I’ll wait, @sportsgeek42.— Len Damico (@lendamico) September 24, 2016In the above video, there doesn’t appear to be any helmet to helmet contact and the defender doesn’t appear to launch himself, both of which are necessary requisites for a targeting call.At any rate, Penn State fans, and to a larger extent #CollegeFootballTwitter, were all pissed about the call:Cool. Brandon Smith just got penalized for trying to catch a football. Yay! Football!— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) September 24, 2016PSU’s Brandon Smith ejected for trying to intercept a pass. #TargetingCallGoneWrong— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) September 24, 2016How does Brandon Smith get ejected for that!? Terrible call.— Brad Fegley (@TheDiesel_2) September 24, 2016That is not targeting. Brandon Smith was clearly going for the ball. We Are.— PSU Football Fans (@NittanyLionFB) September 24, 2016That targeting call was worse than MSU’s performance today— Not MAAR (@NotMuhammadAli) September 24, 2016Penn State trails Michigan 28-0 at halftime. With that scoreline, maybe getting ejected wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.last_img