An early story line in the National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson is the lack of targeting calls on the Crimson Tide.
Bama’s defense has been flying around the field like heat-seeking missiles with reckless abandon. Media members and fans have complained on Twitter about the no-calls towards Alabama by the referees.
A “targeting” penalty results in an ejection for the player penalized.
Alabama has a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Bama no-calls on Targeting
The first is LB Rueben Foster on Tiger QB Deshaun Watson. A penalty was called, but not for targeting.
— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) January 10, 2017
The second big hit was on Clemson’s star receiver Mike Williams. No penalty was called.
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) January 10, 2017
Luckily for Clemson, Williams returned to the game.
Mike Williams definitely doesn’t have a concussion, nope pic.twitter.com/2wnR71o5dh
— Kmarko (@Kmarkobarstool) January 10, 2017
Two targeting calls missed. I don’t like the rule, but if its there, it has to be called.
— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) January 10, 2017
So Alabama should have two defensive guys gone for targeting but it wouldn’t matter anyway because their backups are five-stars.
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownTFP) January 10, 2017
If that’s NOT targeting then how stupid is that damn rule? Cracked him helmet to helmet.
— Matt Baxendell (@MattBaxendell) January 10, 2017
— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) January 10, 2017
This was called targeting earlier in the season. Missing obvious ones tonight though. pic.twitter.com/fAeklD9slx
— Matt Smith (@MattSmithCFB) January 10, 2017
But hey, if you wanna criticize the ref do so at your own risk. He’s got guns.
— A to Z Sports (@AtoZSports) January 10, 2017
AND THEN, Bama was actually called for a penalty! A holding on an offensive lineman.
Alabama called for a holding penalty?!?!?!!?!!?!? pic.twitter.com/F0a4U37MfE
— Jayson Swain (@SwainEvent) January 10, 2017