Mountain West confirms targeting penalty vs. Boise State’s Dillon Lukehart

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Here is the Mountain West’s take on the targeting penalty against Boise State safety Dillon Lukehart in last week’s game at BYU. The game was called by CFO West officials, which is a cooperative between the Big 12 and Mountain West.

Lukehart was ejected and must sit the first half of Saturday’s game at Colorado State.

The following is from Deputy Commissioner Bret Gilliland:

“Targeting was correctly called because the play contained the necessary elements — contact was initiated above the shoulders (to the head or neck area) of a defenseless receiver. Instant reply correctly upheld the call because there was not indisputable video evidence that the contact was not to the head or neck area. In fact, just the opposite, video review showed the initial contact was with the defender’s shoulder to the receiver’s head.

“… The conference office reviews a myriad of plays each week, and we pay particular attention to targeting situations (whether called on the field or not). By NCAA rule, however, once a targeting foul has been called and upheld by replay, the conference does not have the authority to vacate the suspension nor can it be appealed by the institution.”

Here is the NCAA rule: “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.”


— On that strange third down/fourth down situation in the first half last week, Boise State took a chance by running an offensive play. It was fourth down; the down markers and officials said it was third down. However, instant replay can be used to correct the down situation any time before the first snap of the next series of downs. So if the Broncos had failed to get the first down, replay could have given the ball to BYU. Boise State coach Chris Petersen said he knew it was fourth down but the officials told him it was third.

— Colorado State coach Jim McElwain talked up the task facing his team in his weekly press conference (via The Denver Post): “I think Boise State beat us the last two years 638-4 or something (actually 105-27). Do we show up Saturday? Because based on history, we don’t belong on the field with these guys. We might as well not even play the game. (But) this isn’t the same (Rams) team that showed up the last two years. This is a team that’s different. They care about each other. They understand what it means to go compete. I’m not saying that we’re going to win the game. But it shouldn’t matter. It should be about winning each practice. It should be about winning each play. That’s the mind-set.”

— Wyoming, Boise State’s next opponent after this week (Nov. 16 at Bronco Stadium, fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey on Tuesday. Tormey is a former Idaho and Nevada head coach. Here is a story.



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Boise State at Colorado State

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hughes Stadium (32,500, FieldTurf), Fort Collins, Colo.

TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Aaron Taylor, Lauren Gardner); channel 221 on DirecTV, 158 on Dish, 332 and 410 (HD) on Cable One.

Radio: KBOI (670AM), KKGL (96.9 FM); Bob Behler, Pete Cavender

Records: Boise State is 5-3 overall, 3-1 Mountain West; Colorado State is 4-4, 2-1

Series: Boise State leads 2-0 (last meeting: BSU 42-14, 2012, in Boise)

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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