In the first night of college football action, we had a pair of ejections based on the new targeting rule.
Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss was ejected in the first quarter after hitting Jackson State quarterback LaMontiez Ivy, who was in the process of scrambling for a first down. The Green Wave were also penalized 15-yards on the play.
Scott Kushner, who is the Tulane beat reporter, tweeted the information, “Our first targeting call of the year at the Superdome, #Tulane's Doss called for hammering the quarterback and is ejected. Absurd rule.”
The second ejection of the season occurred when Indiana State defensive back Carlos Aviles was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indiana returner Shane Wynn that left the junior receiver on the ground briefly. The hit occurred in the third quarter.
The automatic ejection was added to the targeting rule this offseason after concerns of player safety were raised including concussions and brain-trauma on players. The offending play could also be overturned by instant replay. A player who is ejected during the first half of a game must miss the remainder of the game. A player ejected during the second half, must miss the first half of the next game.
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