The NCAA tweaked its new targeting rule by requiring officials to immediately review whether players should be ejected, but it still will not allow them to reverse the 15-yard penalty that comes with the call.
The NCAA put the rule in place this season in an attempt to prevent head injuries, adding an ejection to the 15-yard penalty for targeting defenseless players above the shoulders or leading with the crown of the helmet on a tackle.
The new process for reviewing whether an ejection should stand is expected to speed up the process and eliminate the need for coaches to use a challenge for the review.
Under the new process, the game official will make the foul call, stop the clock and immediately go to the sideline to communicate with the instant replay official to determine whether the player should indeed be ejected. If the ejection is overturned, the player will be allowed to remain in the game, but the team will still be assessed the 15-yard penalty.
Some coaches have complained about not being able to overturn the 15-yard penalty if a player is not ejected, but the NCAA left that part of the rule in place.
BYU 31, Utah State 14: Taysom Hill threw three touchdown passes to Mitch Matthews, and linebacker Kyle Van Noy scored on an interception return as the Cougars (3-2) routed the host Aggies (3-3). Hill was 17 of 31 for 278 yards and an interception and ran for 36 yards. Jamaal Williams ran for 79 yards on 14 carries for BYU and Justin Sorenson kicked a 27-yard field goal. Chuckie Keeton and Craig Harrison threw touchdown passes for Utah State. Keeton left with a knee injury with 4:06 left in the first quarter after a third-and-15 running play. He was on the sideline on crutches during the second half as the Aggies' nine-game home winning streak ended.
Late Thursday: Quarterback Brett Hundley had a touchdown each passing, rushing and receiving to lead No. 12 UCLA to a 34-27 win over host Utah. The Bruins are 4-0 for the first time since 2005 after winning their Pac-12 opener. Hundley threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown to tie the score at 24 with 13:23 left. But then he led a 13-play, 48-yard drive that set up the go-ahead field goal and padded the lead with a 36-yard TD run despite losing a contact lens earlier. "To be honest, I just saw some black jerseys and I was trying to run away from them," Hundley said. Utah threw six interceptions to fall to 3-2, 0-2 Pac-12.
Arizona State: Sophomore point guard Jahii Carson is expected to leave for the NBA after this season, coach Herb Sendek said.
Louisville: Guard Kevin Ware, who broke his leg during the Elite Eight game against Duke on March 31, has been cleared by doctors to practice, coach Rick Pitino said.
UConn: Center Tyler Olander was reinstated to the team a little more than a week after drunken driving charges against him were dropped in the wake of two breath tests that showed he was not drunk.
Today's games on TV/radio
|Air Force at Navy||11:30||Ch. 10|
|Maryland at Florida St.||noon||ESPN; 1040-AM|
|Michigan St. at Iowa||noon||ESPN2; 98.7-FM|
|Illinois at Nebraska||noon||ESPNU|
|Rutgers at SMU||noon||ESPNEWS|
|Texas Tech at Kansas||noon||FS1|
|Penn St. at Indiana||noon||Big Ten|
|Ball St. at Virginia||noon||Sun Sports|
|Lehigh at Fordham||noon||CBSSN|
|Georgia St. at Alabama||12:20||Ch. 38|
|North Carolina at Virginia Tech||12:30||Ch. 44|
|Georgia at Tennessee||3:30||Ch. 10|
|Clemson at Syracuse||3:30||Ch. 28|
|Minnesota at Michigan||3:30||ESPN2|
|Georgia Tech at Miami||3:30||ESPNU; 1470-AM|
|N.C. St. at Wake||3:30||Sun Sports|
|East Carolina at Middle Tenn.||3:30||FSF|
|Rice at Tulsa||3:30||CBSSN|
|Wash. St. at Cal||4||FS1|
|UCF at Memphis||4:30||1350-AM|
|Arkansas at Florida||7||ESPN2; 1250-AM|
|TCU at Oklahoma||7||Ch. 13|
|Cincinnati at USF||7||98.7-FM, 1010-AM|
|LSU at Miss. St.||7||ESPN|
|Miss. at Auburn||7||ESPNU|
|Arizona St. at Notre Dame||7:30||Ch. 8|
|Kentucky at South Carolina||7:30||FSF|
|Missouri at Vanderbilt||7:30||BHSN|
|La. Tech at UTEP||7:30||CBSSN|
|Ohio St. at Northwestern||8||Ch. 28|
|West Va. at Baylor||8||FS1|
|Washington at Stanford||10:30||ESPN; 98.7-FM|
|N.C. A&T vs. S.C. State (taped)||10:30||ESPNU|
TV: BHSN: Bright House Sports Network; CBSSN: CBS Sports Network; FS1: Fox Sports 1; FSF: Fox Sports Florida; NBCSN: NBC Sports Network