Posted November 09, 2013

Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt ejected for targeting hit on Pitt quarterback Tom Savage

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

(Video via @collegespun)

Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt was ejected for targeting during the Fighting Irish’s game against Pitt on Saturday. Tuitt was flagged for a hit on Pitt quarterback Tom Savage as Savage scrambled to the right side of the field. The penalty and ejection were upheld on review.

As with many targeting calls this season, plenty of people on social media took issue with the ruling.

7 comments
creed18
creed18

This is a pretty bang-bang play, and I understand that the refs are airing on the side of caution... but this is a little ridiculous. There's no reason that a player should be ejected for this hit. Being a student at UGA and watching enough SEC football this year, I've seen this rule be used completely out of context (Ray Drew, Ramik Wilson, and Alabam's HaHa Clinton-Dix come to mind). This rule has got to change over the offseason. 

SanityClause
SanityClause

Pretty awful call. Unless you're a Notre Dame hater, and there are plenty of those out there. Incidental contact of helmets, primarily caused by the offensive player lowering his head. Head protection is important, but another rule modification is necessary before this gets even more out of hand.


ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Brian Kelly should still be in prison.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

A cheap shot from a Brian Kelly "coached" player. Who would have thought it?

ianlinross
ianlinross

Might as well put skirts on them. I'm going back to watch the hockey game.

Craig
Craig

Hard to tell for certain from only that angle and at full speed, but it clearly looks like it could be.  Nothing in that one view says it isn't.

sixfooter77
sixfooter77

@NoQNoSuperBowl how on earth do you classify that hit as a cheap shot?  honestly, I would love to hear your thought.  no trash talk