The Western Athletic Conference has suspended Boise State's Winston Venable because of this helmet-to-helmet hit on Oregon State's James Rodgers in Saturday night's game at Boise. Venable will sit out the first half of the Broncos' game at New Mexico State. He was originally suspended for a full game, but Boise appealed and got the penalty reduced.
This is a tough one, but the Wiz decided to include this hit among the cheapies after the WAC took action. It certainly could be argued that Rodgers was blocked into Venable, who was trying to make a play on the ball. But the WAC deemed Venable's play was flagrant and assessed the suspension. Before the collision, Venable does put his head down and drives it into Rodgers' helmet.
Thanks to Ryan and Geoff.