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COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 7: Denzel Ward #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes hits Taivon Jacobs #12 of the Maryland Terrapins after a reception in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Ward was ejected from the game after being assessed a targeting penalty for the hit. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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The Ohio State Buckeyes had little trouble dispensing the Maryland Terrapins during their 62-14 win on Saturday, but head coach Urban Meyer was “irate” his team lost cornerback Denzel Ward to a targeting penalty in the first quarter.

On Tuesday, Dan Murphy of reported the news and noted Big Ten officials admitted Meyer was correct. Ohio State submitted a complaint to the conference’s office, and the Big Ten announced replay officials should have overturned the call and prevented Ward’s ejection.

Ward appeared to force a fumble—which Ohio State would have likely returned for a touchdown—with a hard hit on wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, but officials stopped the play and called it an incomplete pass and targeting. The call was confirmed via replay.


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