VIDEO: Spartan defender ejected for hit

Michigan State’s Isaiah Lewis was ejected for targeting on this hit on Kain Colter in the first quarter of the Spartans game at Northwestern. Lewis was called for the foul after hitting Colter, who was attempting to catch a pass. Colter, who also plays quarterback, was playing wide receiver.

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fowhit on 11/23/2013 @ 1:18pm EDT Said:

Dirty Spartan as usual.

Doug on 11/23/2013 @ 1:23pm EDT Said:

horrible call

Spartan in Los Angeles on 11/23/2013 @ 1:41pm EDT Said:

I agree with Coach Dantoniothat it was a great hit, now ask me another question my boys are about to win a division title!

Spartytom on 11/23/2013 @ 3:04pm EDT Said:

A pathetic call by ancient B10 refs. This is the reason the league is the laughing stock of college football regardless of undeafeated OSU and MSU playing quality defense; no respect by the media, including BTN, is shown.

Doug on 11/23/2013 @ 3:05pm EDT Said:

fowhit = hater as usual

Mike on 11/23/2013 @ 3:13pm EDT Said:

Not dirty. Great hit, but looked like he hit with the top of the helmet. PF called on the field, Replay changes to targeting? or was it targeting called on the field?

Phil K on 11/23/2013 @ 3:49pm EDT Said:

BS call, next thing you know they’ll be ejecting people for looking at players funny. If Colter had tried to stay up instead of go down there would not have been helmet to helmet, it would have been a shoulder in his side. It’s was the receivers fault.

Sam Graham on 11/23/2013 @ 4:01pm EDT Said:

fowhit, you a wolverine or buckeye fan?

Doug on 11/23/2013 @ 4:45pm EDT Said:

it was a personal foul only called on the field, after review they called targeting, in the Navy game a guy leads with his helmet, should have been ejected, and was only a personal foul. the refs have no clue. sam, fowhit is just a hater who knows nothing about football

Spartan in Los Angeles on 11/23/2013 @ 7:01pm EDT Said:

Doug, he is a Michigan grad don’t let him spoil our victory

Go Green

D Hanson on 11/23/2013 @ 7:33pm EDT Said:

The receiver caught the ball, then looked up and saw the hit coming and tried to duck under the hit while juggling the ball. What was the defender supposed to do, jump over the receiver???? Worst call of the season. Let’s just play flag football. ..

Guin05 on 11/23/2013 @ 9:12pm EDT Said:

This is what happens when you allow guys who’ve never played the game to make rules. THIS IS FOOTBALL!!!! What is happening to the game. Yes players should be protected. However, football is a contact sport. You know and assume the risk when you strap up to take the gridiron

Doug on 11/23/2013 @ 9:32pm EDT Said:

SILA, he’s actually a M grad or just attendee like Dhani?

DS on 11/23/2013 @ 10:40pm EDT Said:

As a fan of football, I don’t like the call. As a fan of the Spartans, I think it affects the outcome of the game and REALLY don’t like the call- if this is a close game vs. OSU, that starting player on the field could be the difference in the outcome, dollars and cents, plain and simple. As a former player I disagree with the call, because of two things:

1) in a fluid, fast paced game, you are always coached to play under control, but when you start to hesitate out there and second guess yourself in what you are and are not allowed to do, that’s when you get hurt.

2) There are only 11 shots at playing college football, in a season, in a career. For some more, for a lot of others less. To call a PF, and then change it to an ejection based on a review? You are literally robbing a kid of these few opportunities, that add up to mere minutes, by nature of your opinion. Do I get an appeal? A do over? Just not OK.

As a realist, what I believe we are witnessing is the end of the game as it is played. Football in 10 years will not look like what we are currently used to, and we all have to take a deep breath and get used to it.

Not happy, but don’t see any changing it.

Andris on 11/24/2013 @ 12:31am EDT Said:

I really don’t understand why absolutely no one has liked any of the targeting calls made in the BIG this year. A quick google search showed me this as the first of two things that could be considered targeting.

Targeting and Initiating Contact With the Crown of the Helmet (Rule 9-1-3)

No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. When in question, it is a foul.

All three (I don’t think I’m missing any…) fall under this category. If Lewis keeps his head up, like any coach who has ever given him a tackling lesson asked him to, he makes a great, punishing, hit. Head down = ejection.

Don Bennett on 11/24/2013 @ 2:35am EDT Said:

Sour Grapes for fowhit. Despite Um fans bragging about how their programs gets more 5 star recruits than MSU, the Spartans just keep turning out stellar Defensive players that totally dominated them this year and 4 out of the last 5.

SChawk on 11/24/2013 @ 9:09am EDT Said:

Just watched this for the first time this morning. I believe I have to side with Sparty on this one. I believe the one thing this rule lacks is an accountablitlity on the offensive player as well. There is only so low a player can go and still be effective. If you have ever played football once you are in position that low it is very difficult to get the head up to see exactly where you are making contact as the shoulder pads restrict the helmet especially when the arms are extended to make a tackle. If you can’t get the helmet up you can’t see when an offensive player puts his head down to charge the contact. If this new rule is not modified to somewhat this will turn into offensive players being taught to a degree to draw that contact much like a basketball players driving the lane to draw a fouls.

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