COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland head coach Randy Edsall knew as soon as it happened that his running back, Wes Brown, was going to be ejected in the second quarter on Saturday against South Florida.
After a Caleb Rowe interception by USF defensive back Deatri Nichols, Brown came in to make the tackle on Nichols near the Bulls' 28-yard line. Nichols went down and Brown went with him, lowering his head and making contact near the defensive back's helmet.
It seemed rather clear as the officiating crew reviewed the play to confirm the targeting penalty.
"Put his head right down, led with the crown of his helmet on a defenseless player," Edsall said. "We talk about it all the time.
"Wes is a great kid. He wasn't trying to hurt anybody. He just, his technique was very bad."
Brown exited the game with 10:16 to play in the second quarter, having only carried the ball once for three yards. As dictated by targeting rules, Edsall expects Brown to be back next week against West Virginia because the penalty occurred in the first half of Saturday's game.
"We'll continue to reinforce all those things, continue to coach those up," Edsall said. "But the officials made the right call. The replay official, I was in total agreement with. I don't have any qualms with that whatsoever."