Auburn defensive end Big Kat Bryant was ejected early in the second quarter against Georgia on Saturday after being flagged for targeting against quarterback Jake Fromm.
The Bulldogs were facing third-and-goal at the 9-yard line with 13:30 remaining in the quarter, and Auburn lineman Darrell Williams was able to bring Fromm down for a sack that would have ended the drive. However, as Fromm was going to the ground, Bryant also came in and made contact with Fromm’s helmet with his own.
Officials called Bryant for targeting because he led with the crown of his helmet, and the penalty was upheld upon review. Bryant had to leave the game as a result.
The penalty also gave the Bulldogs a first-and-goal at the Auburn 4-yard line, but they ultimately settled for a field goal to narrow Auburn’s lead to 7-6.
Bryant is from Georgia and went to Crisp County High. He took an official visit to Georgia as a recruit in the 2017 class, and the Bulldogs were among his top choices before he eventually signed with Auburn.