Arkansas linebacker Derrick Munson got ejected from his team’s game vs. Missouri on the opening kickoff of the second half.
As Missouri went to kick off, Munson was lined up as one of the up blockers on Arkansas’ return team. Instead of retreating at the time the ball was kicked, he took off straight ahead and laid out Missouri’s Cam Hilton.
It was pretty clear Munson had every intention of trying to hit Hilton as hard as possible. And he did not do it very subtly. There are targeting calls that are clear accidents. This was not one of those times.
The penalty was applied quite oddly. Or not at all.
The kickoff resulted in a touchback. Officials on the field said Arkansas was able to decline the penalty yardage — remember, the penalty was on an Arkansas player — and the Razorbacks took over on their own 25 just like after a normal touchback with no penalties. Had the 15-yard penalty been applied appropriately, Arkansas should have been penalized half the distance to the goal and gotten the ball between the 12 and 13.
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