Washington junior tight end Joshua Perkins will sit out the first half against Oregon on Saturday after being ejected during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s victory over Cal for a targeting foul.
UW coach Chris Petersen said the Huskies have “been in contact” with the Pac-12 Conference office about the play that resulted in Perkins’ ejection. Video replays appear to show Perkins’ shoulder hitting the shoulder of the Cal defender on the play, but Perkins’ ejection was upheld after a review during the game.
“The Conference does not overturn targeting calls,” Pac-12 spokesman Dave Hirsch said. “That is handled by the officiating video replay crew at the game.”
By rule, a player called for targeting in the second half must sit out the first half of the next game.
Petersen on Monday was careful not to directly criticize the call when asked about the play.
“You probably know,” he said. “Those are hard calls. The officials are trying to get it right and those are close calls. We’re all so sensitive about the head shots, trying to take that out of the game, so those are hard.”
Perkins, UW’s No. 1 tight end, made his season debut against Cal after recovering from an unspecified injury and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cyler Miles — the first touchdown by a UW tight end this season.