Mississippi State defender ejected after bone-rattling hit against Alabama
Mississippi State’s defense will lose some depth after Jackie Matthews was ejected from the Alabama game for a bone-rattling hit near the sideline on Isaiah Bond.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said the officials didn’t even need to review the play because it was that obvious of a targeting call. The play helped fuel a score for Alabama as the Crimson Tide scored one play later after the 15-yard penalty.
Jahmyr Gibbs scored on a 19-yard run around the corner.
Matthews came into the game sixth on the team with 29 tackles.
Matthews has been a consistent contributor throughout the season as he made an interception against Arkansas, and tied his career-high with 7 tackles against Kentucky.
The West Virginia transfer last season saw action in 13 games while making 8 starts for the Mountaineers. He totaled 43 tackles, including 34 solo stops, with 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
Jackie Matthews cracked Isaiah Bond and was flagged/ejected for targeting. Sheeesh! pic.twitter.com/wN8bkt308M
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