Wisconsin blew out Michigan in the first half Saturday, but the Badgers’ defense will be short-handed next weekend after two safeties were ejected for targeting in a single drive.
Wisconsin’s Eric Burrell was thrown out of the game following a review and will be forced to sit out the first half against Northwestern, as the penalty occurred in the second half. Burrell made helmet-to-helmet contact with Wolverines QB Dylan McCaffrey, who slid awkwardly to the ground just before being hit by Burrell.
This was called targeting on Wisconsin’s Eric Burrell pic.twitter.com/EjrMVKbvBV
— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) September 21, 2019
The Mich/UW targeting call was ridiculous pic.twitter.com/DJUAZAqgP0
— J.D. Runnels jr. (@Just_JD38) September 21, 2019
Many current and former NFL players who were watching the game thought the targeting penalty was completely unwarranted, and roasted the referees on Twitter.
Referees in the Wisconsin game just made a terrible call that was not targeting! Why is the game improving but refs getting worse at every level! We need to have an age limit on Refs, no older than 45 years old. Ok this last hit was def targeting but not the first one….
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) September 21, 2019
That was the worst targeting call on WIS safety @EricBurrell_ NCAA has to do something about that.
— Darrius Heyward-Bey (@theDHB85) September 21, 2019
Lol college officials still can’t call targeting properly. Pathetic
— Joe Schobert (@TheSchoGoesOn53) September 21, 2019
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) September 21, 2019
Worst targeting call ever? Mcaffery slid into the guys helmet.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 21, 2019
Just a few plays later, Wisconsin’s Reggie Pearson was ejected for targeting for a clearly illegal hit on McCaffrey.