Despite entering as the underdog, the Ducks dominated the first half of play and took a 14-7 lead into the locker room. So far in the second half, Oregon and Ohio State have traded touchdowns.
The Ducks took a 35-21 lead over the Buckeyes with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to officially instill panic in the Ohio State fanbase. The Buckeyes answered – as they have all afternoon – with a touchdown of their own to make it 35-28.
After forcing a change of possession midway through the fourth quarter, Ohio State had a chance to tie the game. Facing a third-and-long after a holding penalty, quarterback C.J. Stroud found Chris Olave streaking across the field.
Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell came up to make a tackle on Olave. Both players remained on the ground for a while after the play was over.
During a replay, it appeared like Sewell could have been called for targeting on the play.
Here’s the play.
Should Noah Sewell’s hit on Chris Olave been called for targeting?
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 11, 2021
Officials did not call targeting on the field and the replay booth decided it wasn’t worth calling down to the field to force a review.
As you can imagine, Ohio State fans were not pleased.
These refs <
— Cardale Jones (@CJ1two) September 11, 2021
My understanding of targeting is that you can’t hit someone with the crown of your helmet under any circumstance. But nothing makes sense with that rule.
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 11, 2021
Targeting is one of the most controversial rules in all of sports – let alone football. Officials can make the call at their discretion, which makes for a very inconsistent ruling most of the time.
Oregon leads Ohio State 35-28 with just over two minutes left.
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