Georgia's battle in Nashville against Vanderbilt became a bit more difficult today when Bulldogs defensive end and team sack leader Ray Drew "earned" an ejection under the NCAA's new targeting rule—and even worse, it was held up under review.
We generally applaud the targeting rule, as players have been propelling their heads toward opposing players' skulls for far too long and providing us with far too many bad stories. But the rule's application this season has been inconsistent and, at times, ridiculous. Today's example is the worst of them, but the large number of targeting ejections overturned by replay should tell you officials don't really know what constitutes the foul. That Drew's ejection was held up is another disaster in itself—CBS broadcaster Tim Brando was completely baffled—and we're expecting the entire process to get a major change when the NCAA takes a second look this offseason. [CBS]
Update (1:55 p.m.): Several commenters have noted the referee appears to have his flag out before Drew even makes contact: