New video clip shows Perry's helmet hitting Leidner's facemask
November 8, 2015 — 9:57pm
Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry was originally penalized for targeting Saturday when he made this hit on Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner. The penalty would have wiped out Vonn Bell's pick six and kept the game scoreless late in the first half.
But the officials overturned the call, telling Gophers interim coach Tracy Claeys that one replay clearly showed Perry's helmet hitting Leidner in the sternum. On Sunday, the Star Tribune obtained another clip of the hit that clearly shows Perry's helmet hitting Leidner's facemask. It helps explain why Leidner had a sore jaw.
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.
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