Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Mike Pereira  |  Last updated 9/28/13
Holy Cow, Mrs. O'Leary would not be proud. Florida State's Nick O'Leary got away with a hit in the Seminoles' game with Boston College that could have cost him nearly a game suspension. Here was the situation: Florida State had the lead (24-10) and the ball, first down and 10 at its own 42-yard line with 11:30 left in the third quarter. Quarterback Jameis Winston rolled to his right and fired an incomplete pass. O'Leary lined up Boston College's Mehdi Abdesmad and leveled the unsuspecting Abedesmad. I can understand why O'Leary would throw the block -- he thought Winston was going to run -- but there were other ways to do it than leading with the helmet and making helmet-to-helmet contact. Sometimes there just aren't enough eyes to go around, because if any official had a clear look at this, I'm confident he would have called targeting. This brings up an interesting point: Had they called this targeting, replay clearly would have supported it and O'Leary would have been out for the rest of this game and the first half of the next game. The question then is will the ACC look at the play and consider suspending O'Leary? If it had been called properly on the field, he would have been treated like others who have been called for targeting fouls this season for similar acts. That remains to be seen. There's a weather delay in Dallas for the Louisiana Tech-Army game on FOXSports 1. The rule book recommends a 30-minute delay after lightning becomes a non issue. However, it sounds as if there is some upgraded weather equipment that will allow the stadium personnel and officials to track the storm a little closer, and they may not have to wait the full 30 minutes once the weather goes by. The key is the guidelines in the rulebook are only a recommendation.
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