The new targeting rule has had its critics, but sometimes it’s absolutely the right call.
Such was the case for Houston cornerback Zach McMillian, who was ejected in the fourth quarter after hitting Central Florida receiver Breshad Perriman above the shoulders.
Perriman had just turned around after catching a pass across the middle from Blake Bortles when McMillian stuck him high and hit Perriman’s facemask with the back of his helmet.
Perriman fell to the ground – appeared to be knocked unconscious – and fumbled the ball. Trainers spent several minutes working on Perriman before putting him on a stretcher and ultimately taking him to the hospital as a precaution. Perriman did give the crowd the thumbs up as he was being carted off.
McMillian actually tried to return to the field in street clothes and was greeted by boos and garbage raining down from the UCF fans. Officials then asked him to go back to the locker room.
No matter how safe the NCAA tries to make the game, these types of plays still happen. And you can argue that it wasn’t helmet-to-helmet, but it was still a hit on a defenseless receiver. It’s just good that Perriman wasn’t more seriously injured.
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