Ole Miss was not expected to go into Auburn and win on Saturday. In fact, the Rebels were seen as three-touchdown underdogs on the road in conference play and, well, that generally means that an upset victory is wildly unlikely.
However, things went south in a hurry for the Rebels in the form of a lofty first half deficit that virtually ended any chance of an unexpected result. Within that first half, though, a vicious and dirty play appeared from the Ole Miss side.
In short, senior defensive back A.J. Moore was called for targeting on a punt coverage play, as he went high and (very) aggressive against an unsuspecting Auburn punt returner.
The slow-motion replay was not any kinder, as you may imagine.
Moore’s ejection was quickly upheld by an official review and, frankly, that was the right call. Frustration can be an important factor in evaluating things and, by this point, the game was already out of hand. Still, there is no reason for this kind of play to exist in college football and an ejection was the only correct outcome in this particular instance.
Ole Miss isn’t enjoying themselves on Saturday in Auburn and this is another example.