Louisville senior linebacker James Burgess was ejected just 11 seconds into the final game of his career, after officials ruled this hit on Texas A&M receiver Damion Ratley constituted targeting. The NCAA rule book defines ejection-worthy targeting as:
The custom of calling post-season collegiate contests "bowl" games stems from the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, so-called for the eponymous bowl-shaped stadium. But our first association with the word "bowl" of course is as a container, most often for food, keys, change, or cereal milk and cigarette ashes and…
It's rare when we even notice which conference's refs are working bowl games. So the Big Ten crews at the Music City and Pinstripe Bowls must have been doing something right. Or wrong. Or both.