Mississippi’s top tackler ejected for targeting in Texas Bowl

HOUSTON — Mississippi linebacker Troy Brown was forced to exit the Texas Bowl early Wednesday night after being called for targeting.

The penalty and subsequent disqualification brought about an end to Brown’s collegiate career, with his eligibility expiring at the conclusion of the 2022 season.

Brown’s shoulder made contact with the head of sliding Texas Tech quarterback Tyler Shough early on in the second quarter, with the Red Raiders holding a 10-7 lead.

Brown’s penalty also cost the Rebels 15 yards, but the Mississippi defense bailed Brown out by forcing a turnover on downs inside its own 5-yard line a few plays later.

After transferring from Central Michigan this offseason, Brown became one of the most important pieces of the Mississippi defense. With 91 tackles in 12 regular-season games, Brown entered Saturday as the Rebels’ leading tackler.

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His absence will be a big hole in the Mississippi defense as it looks to slow down a prolific and fast-paced Texas Tech attack.

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