USC linebacker Porter Gustin was lucky that the referees during Friday’s game against Washington State missed a targeting hit of his in the second half.
Gustin was seen nailing Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew in the head/neck area after Minshew attempted a pass late in the fourth quarter of the game.
Gustin was not called for a penalty even though his type of hit is the definition of targeting.
Gustin actually sat out the first half of the game as punishment for targeting Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger last week. He was lucky to escape penalty in this instance and needs to change his game to avoid such hits.
USC lost one of its top defensive players during the third quarter of their game at Texas on Saturday night.
Porter Gustin was ejected for targeting after nailing Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger with a vicious hit that knocked the QB’s helmet off.
Officials reviewed the play and determined that Gustin hit Ehlinger high with the crown of his helmet, which is a targeting violation.
Not only was Gustin sent off for the second half of the game, but he will also have to sit out the first half of USC’s next game against Washington State as part of his punishment.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.