The Florida State Seminoles absolutely tore apart the previously-unbeaten Maryland Terrapins on Saturday afternoon, 63-0. The FSU defense was able to shut down what had been one of the more potent offenses in college football up to that point, led by QB C.J. Brown, who would end up leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury following a vicious hit from Florida State DT Jacobbi McDaniel.
That hit from McDaniel on Brown has been the subject of controversy the last few days since, because some thought that the play should have been subject to the new “targeting rule.”
The ACC, though, has a different view.
At the request of Maryland, ACC coordinator of officials, Doug Rhoads, reviewed the hit and has determined that the play in question did, in fact, not warrant a targeting call and his officials on the field got the call right. Within in the review, Rhoads said that McDaniel did not hit Brown with the crown of his helmet.
Although there was no need for a targeting call and subsequent ejection, Rhoads did point out that a roughing the passer call should have been made.
As we reported yesterday, Brown is currently listed as day-to-day after missing most of the contest Saturday following the play.