Controversy has crept into the first half of Alabama-Texas A&M as an ejection for targeting has earned the ire of Aggies fans. The marquee SEC matchup of the weekend has some real drama thanks to the officiating crew on hand in Tuscaloosa.
After a no-call on a potential targeting play against Texas A&M wide out Speedy Noil, the Aggies were hammered by the officials with a targeting call of their own. One of their defensive players was tossed for a targeting call on an interception return that has Aggies fans incensed with the refs.
Donovan Wilson was sent to the locker room after he lit up Damien Harris on the interception return. The blindsided nature of the hit along with contact to the helmet are both factors that earned the Aggies’ defender his walking papers from the game.
While Wilson was justly ejected for an over the top hit on the turnover, Aggies fans do have a gripe after one of their top wide outs was lit up with no call handed their way. The lack of consistency is the biggest problem for Texas A&M fans, who feel there has been a raw deal from the officials on the road.
Despite the ejection of Wilson and the challenge of the road game, Texas A&M is hanging in there against the Crimson Tide as halftime nears. The 13-7 score gives some hope for the Aggies for a dramatic upset, but without Wilson it will be a further uphill climb for the road underdogs in the second half.