Just when USC had begun to settle the Rose Bowl down after an offensive explosion from the Nittany Lions the Trojans took another hit. Linebacker Cam Smith hit Penn State Quarterback Trace McSorley and was flagged for targeting after a review the call was confirmed and one of USC’s best players had to leave the game.
Tackle football no longer exist in college football. Targeting! Are you kidding me!!!! #rosebowl.— Rodney Peete (@RodneyPeete9) January 3, 2017
Let them play man. Ridiculous!— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) January 3, 2017
Targeting shouldn't be an automatic disqualification should be a penalty and warning second time then disqualified.— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) January 3, 2017
Backup ILB Olajuwon Tucker was ineligible for the Rose Bowl because of academic issues which left linebacker Quinton Powell to fill in. On the very next play Penn State went right after Powell for a big gain. The Nittany Lions would follow up the next play with a touchdown extending the Penn State lead to 49-35.
On the ensuing Kickoff Adoree’ Jackson would leave the game with a nasty looking injury. Justin Davis would also then take a nasty hit and leave the game. Adoree had to be helped off the field unable to put any weight on his injured leg.
Adoree' Jackson has to be helped off after appearing to injure his leg on a kick return. pic.twitter.com/oprpSLjOyi— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 3, 2017
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