A hit on South Carolina quarterback Lorenzo Nunez has left Missouri without one of its most talented linemen.
Defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. was ejected during the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Faurot Field after referees upheld a targeting call against him. Below, you can see Beckner knocking Nunez to the ground after he threw an incomplete pass into the end zone. Beckner, a freshman and former 5-star recruit, has quickly emerged as a starter for the Tigers.
Because the play occurred in the first half, Beckner will miss the rest of the game. His status for next week’s contest will not be affected.
The targeting rule calls for an ejection whenever there is either forcible contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent, such as a quarterback, or if the crown of the helmet is involved in the hit. Beckner’s helmet seemed to have come into contact with Nunez’s head after his shoulder does, but whether that truly constitutes targeting is debatable.
To make matters worse for Missouri, South Carolina scored a luck-aided touchdown on the ensuing play.
Terry Beckner Jr ejected for targeting https://t.co/MlbTKgQrnt
— W.E.B. BLOGGER (@oscargambler) October 3, 2015
Beckner penalty one of least blatant targeting calls I've seen. But you can't contact head/neck w/ helmet, forearm, fist, elbow, shoulder
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 3, 2015