Oregon star Kayvon Thibodeaux ejected for targeting late in overtime loss to Stanford

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Targeting has once again been a hot-button issue this college football season, and Saturday a targeting call sidelined one of the game's top defensive stars.

Oregon junior defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, a likely top-five pick in the 2022 NFL draft should he come out of school early, was ejected from the No. 3 Ducks' overtime loss against Stanford for targeting after he delivered a high hit on Cardinal QB Tanner McKee late in the fourth quarter.

McKee would come out of the game for one play, replaced by Jack West, but returned to lead the game-tying drive that forced overtime (a pass interference penalty on fourth down allowed Stanford to tie the score at 24 on the final play of regulation).

Thibodeaux could only watch from the sideline as Stanford drove down the field and eventually defeated the Ducks in OT, 31-24.

Austin Jones of the Stanford Cardinal is tackled by Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux at Stanford Stadium.
Austin Jones of the Stanford Cardinal is tackled by Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux at Stanford Stadium.

Adding even more salt to the wound: Per the targeting rules, because the foul was picked up in the second half, Thibodeaux will have to sit out the first half of Oregon's game against California on Oct. 15.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kayvon Thibodeaux ejected for targeting late in Oregon OT loss