There are plenty of weird things that happen every college football Saturday, but seeing a starting kicker ejected for targeting on the first play of the game is particularly out of the norm. That’s what happened to USC Trojans’ starting kicker Parker Lewis Saturday against the Stanford Cardinal, though. Here’s the announcement, followed by a replay of the hit that got Lewis thrown out here:
USC's kicker just got disqualified for targeting on the very first play of the game 😅 pic.twitter.com/VxxM1nCSbM
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 12, 2021
This led to quite the commentary on Twitter, including from famed former USC snapper Jake Olson:
So proud to be an alumni of the special teams unit with the first kicker ever ejected for targeting. #FightOn
— Jake Olson (@JakeOlson61) September 12, 2021
Plenty of others chimed in as well:
USC's kicker thinks he plays for the early-2000s Ravens pic.twitter.com/Kl2uqmiUgI
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) September 12, 2021
A #Pac12AfterDark first: USC kicker Parker Lewis was ejected for targeting.
— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) September 12, 2021
USC’s kicker ejected on the opening kickoff for this targeting and… yep! pic.twitter.com/Ag8JBuTTKX
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) September 12, 2021
That’s certainly an unusual college football event.