Pitt SS Brandon Hill Ejected for Targeting, Will Miss 1st Half vs. Syracuse
PITTSBURGH — Pitt safety Brandon Hill was ejected from his team’s game against Virginia on Saturday, and will miss the first half of the regular season finale next week.
Hill was called for targeting late in the fourth quarter of Pitt’s 48-38 Coastal-clinching win over Virginia.
Pitt DB Brandon Hill has been ejected for Targeting pic.twitter.com/pqce9gtkK3
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Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong threw deep down the left sideline to Ra’Shaun Henry, who was being covered by Damarri Mathis. Mathis and Henry went up for the ball, and Hill hit Henry in the back of his head as he was coming back down.
Judson Tallandier replaced him on the field in Pitt’s defense after Hill was ejected. Because the targeting foul happened in the second half, he will be ineligible to play until after halftime in Pitt’s regular-season finale at Syracuse on Saturday.
Hill was the second Pitt player ejected for targeting in the game, following SirVocea Dennis, who was thrown out on the game’s third play.
Understand the referee was chewed out by the ACC commissioner immediately after the game because Virginia didn’t win. Last week, UNC committed three more egregious targeting fouls which were not enforced (two Pitt players went through concussion protocol). It’s still the All Carolina Conference when it comes to refereeing. And there is a rumor that the ACC commissioner will offer the Atlantic Division crown to Notre Dame if it agrees to join the conference next year in football. But still a win.