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Devin Lloyd gets called for targeting, will miss 1st half vs. UCLA

Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd (0) brings down Oregon State wide receiver Trevon Bradford (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

CORVALLIS, Oregon — As if losing 42-34 to Oregon State wasn’t bad enough for Utah, it also lost its All-American linebacker, too —due to a penalty.

Devin Lloyd was disqualified from the game for targeting late in the third quarter Saturday, when the Utes were trailing 35-31.

Coach Kyle Whittingham didn’t think the targeting call should have been called against Lloyd.

“His head was down and he was trying to get out of the way of the quarterback’s head,” Whittingham said. “It’s a shame that it was called. Maybe I’m wrong. It’s just my opinion.”

According to the rules, Lloyd will be sidelined for the first half of next week’s big game at home against UCLA.

Of course, the Utes will miss him.

“Devin’s a playmaker. One of the best linebackers in the country,” Whittingham said. “He’ll be out the first half of our next game. It’s the next-man-up mentality. We’ve got to keep going.”

Lloyd recorded seven tackles and a quarterback hurry against Oregon State.