Penn State is first victim of horrible goal call this season (video)

Penn State Football lost freshman LB Abdul Carter to a targeted call that saw college football’s midseason Twitter lament the controversial rule.

The return of college football is great. We can bask in brilliant rivalry, school pride, chaos and unpredictability.

Unfortunately, it also means the return of one of the most misguided rules in sports: aiming ejects.

Each year, college football teams are screwed by overly aggressively invoking the targeting rule, resulting in automatic disqualification.

In the season opener against Purdue, it was Penn State on the wrong end of the first terrible goal call of the season.

Penn State linebacker Abdul Carter was ejected for aiming

Freshman Abdul Carter made his debut for the Nittany Lions when he followed up a loose ball for an incompletion. It wasn’t a late goal after the final whistle. It was a random head contact soccer game.

The referees kicked him out for it.

Twitter went after them and the rule for it.

Protecting players from head injuries is a noble goal. But ejecting players for accidental contact while the game is being played in the simplest way is going too far to walk a football field’s worth of steps. It doesn’t have to be like this.

There are countless ways to correct the rule. Allow referees to award a non-kick penalty. Make the ejection based on a clear intention. Or make an ejection after two violations.

Anything would be better than the way the rule is currently applied.

Things weren’t exactly smooth sailing for Penn State in general on Thursday night. They trailed Purdue in a dud of an opening half of their season late in the second quarter.

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John Verrall

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