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. 

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“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.”

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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. 

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