Wisconsin Football: Referee Explains Targeting Calls

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Sep 19, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst during the first quarter against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A pair of targeting calls leading to the ejection of both Leon Jacobs and Derrick Tindal based on the targeting rule left many, fans and writers alike, with questions following the Wisconsin football 28-3 win over the Troy Trojans Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

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Leon Jacobs was ejected with about five minutes left in the first quarter after absolutely blowing up the Troy quarterback on this hit:

Derrick Tindal was ejected moments before the student section Jumped Around in the third quarter break. Here’s what his penalty looked like:

While the Badgers would be fine without each player and held their second straight opponent without a touchdown, the calls drew plenty of attention from fans and analysts on social media.

The calls also prompted a strong response from the crowd, especially following Tindal’s ejection. Here’s what the Camp Randall faithful had to say as the third quarter ended.

Clearly, the targeting rule is in place to protect players from experiencing injuries like the one that left Michael Caputo dazed and confused against Alabama. Now, that play wasn’t targeting, but many people questioned the calls Saturday and it’s clear many are unfamiliar with the rules concerning targeting.

Following the game, a referee spoke to reporters at Camp Randall and explained the calls.

Here’s what he was to say.

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