AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn will now have to handle Leonard Fournette and the rest of the LSU offense without the services of its most veteran linebacker.
Junior middle linebacker Tre’ Williams was ejected midway through the second quarter of Auburn’s game vs. No. 18 LSU for targeting.
Williams and safety Nick Ruffin collided with LSU starting quarterback Danny Etling on a 2nd-and-13 play. The linebacker’s helmet hit Etling’s helmet while he was trying to slide, and the takedown caused a nasty cut for the LSU signal-caller.
SEC Country’s Nick Suss has the replay of Williams’ hit:
While Etling was being treated for his cut, officials reviewed the play for targeting.
Intent doesn’t matter in helmet-to-helmet contact on offensive players who give themselves up — like sliding. Williams was ejected for the rest of the game following the replay review.
Brandon Harris came into the game for LSU when play resumed, but he was subbed back out for Etling a play later. The Auburn defense held strong and forced a long field goal try that was wide from Colby Delahoussaye, keeping the score 7-6 for the visiting Tigers.