Bradley Roby ejected for targeting (GIF)

Sep 28, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Bradley Roby (1) reacts after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Buckeyes beat the Badgers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Same silly rule, same unbelievable result. As the horrifying targeting rule continues to develop today as one of the biggest story lines in college football with multiple horrifyingly awful ejections, Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Bradley Roby was the latest to get ejected for a perfectly legal hit.

Roby delivered a big hit to Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. Their helmets did make contact, but it was clear that Roby was just attempting to jar the ball loose on a much taller pass catcher, so he needed to launch upward.

After reviewing the play, it was confirmed as targeting and the All-American defensive back was ejected from the game.

You can check out a GIF of the play below, via SB Nation:

GIF via SB Nation

GIF via SB Nation

Targeting has been a big problem all season long, but today it has really been an issue with at least three ejections to key players.

When you aren’t allowing people to play the game and make clean hits, you are taking away the product that the fans love and jeopardizing the integrity of the game.

Topics: Bradley Roby, Football, Ohio State Buckeyes

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  • Dave Stutzman

    That was one of the worst calls I have ever seen. He led with his shoulder, head to the side and hit below the shoulder. It’s obvious the refs are not adhering to text of the rule and just calling whatever they want. Kind of like a bad ump calling a ball a strike.

  • Greg

    Stupid call by refs. There was no way a “targeting” hit made by Roby.
    And rep[lays showed exactly that. For some reason officiating had something against Ohio State entire
    game. That ref should be fined or fired for making wrong call.
    Football is a “contact” sport. These rules are making look more like a flag football game than tackle.
    I understand protecting players against serious injuries. But, that call wasn’t even close to be illegal or “targeting”.

  • mmc

    The targeting call on UGA’s Ray Drew this weekend against Vandy was way worse without question.

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