Late in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Ohio State got away with what fans thought was a pretty clear targeting call.
A hit against a defenseless receiver is pretty clear-cut targeting, regardless of the two teams on the field.
When one of those teams is Ohio State, said no-call is magnified. While no one enjoys watching a player get kicked out of a game, a hit on a defenseless receiver is as obvious as it gets.
Ohio State targeting call today
Lathan Ransom was cleared of targeting not just on the field, but via instant replay as well. It’s somewhat understandable to miss a call like this the first time around, but to stand by it after the fact takes gall.
Understandably, the road environment in Minneapolis was not kind to the officials.
By sitting on their whistles, the officials essentially took the sails out of Minnesota’s comeback attempt — not that there was much hope down two touchdowns against the No. 4 team in the country anyway.
What is targeting in college football?
The following is from the official NCAA rulebook:
“‘Targeting’ means that a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball.”
If a player is found guilty of targeting, they are immediately disqualified from said game.
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