South Carolina safety Brison Williams was called for targeting in the first half of the Gamecocks' game against Central Florida. There was one problem, it wasn't helmet-t0-helmet contact.
In fact, it was shoulder-to-shoulder.
It was a textbook play to break up a high pass down the field like that. Williams led with his shoulder and hit the receiver's shoulder. It was a hard hit, and it jarred the ball loose for an incompletion. And perhaps the impact is what made the officials all around the play throw their flags.
By the rule, it was a 15-yard penalty and Williams was immediately ejected for the rest of the game. However, upon replay review, the ejection was overturned. But, as we've railed against before, the penalty stood, and at the half Central Florida was leading South Carolina 10-0.
We understand that officials have been told to look for targeting, and the severity of helmet-to-helmet contact and resulting head injuries are a giant blemish on the game of football. But there has to be a better way to enforce this rule, even if it's just simply eliminating the yardage when the ejection is overturned.