Chris Klieman is frustrated and upset about multiple parts of a targeting penalty called on Texas defensive back Jalen Green in the fourth quarter of last week’s game.
He didn’t like that a flag wasn’t thrown initially. He didn’t like that it wasn’t going to be reviewed until he said something to the officiating crew. About the only positive thing he had to say is that the official he spoke to “was great, and said, ‘Yeah Coach, we’ll go upstairs and take a look at it.’”
But what irritates Klieman the most is what the play wrought: Green’s hit — which came well away from the ball, on Kansas State receiver Wykeen Gill, who was blindsided — means K-State is down a pass-catcher heading into Saturday’s game against West Virginia.
“It’s unfortunate because it was away from the play, didn’t have anything to do with the play (and now) Wykeen’s going to miss a game,” Klieman, in his first season as K-State’s head coach, said during his weekly press conference Tuesday. “You have a hit like that and someone only misses a half, I don’t think that’s very fair.”
The missing half refers to the result of the play. After the review, a targeting penalty was called, leading to Green's immediate ejection and inability to participate in the remainder of the game. Per the rules on targeting, he’ll also have to miss the first two quarters of Texas’ game at Iowa State on Saturday.
That’s still more time than Gill will be able to play versus the Mountaineers, though.