COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Alabama avoided a serious problem in the second quarter of its battle with Texas A&M on Saturday at Kyle Field.
Junior safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was called for a targeting penalty and ejected after a collision with Texas A&M receiver Derel Walker with under nine minutes to go in the second quarter, but officials reviewed the play and overturned the ejection.
The two collided near the sideline after an incomplete pass from Johnny Manziel, and the players' helmets collided.
By rule, a replay review of a targeting call only can overturn an ejection, but the 15-yard penalty stands.
Rule 9-1, Article 3 (targeting with the crown of the helmet) states: "No player shall target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. When in question, it is a foul."
Rule 9-1-4 (targeting to head/neck area of a defenseless player) states: "No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul."
In regards to overturning ejections, the rule states: "The replay official must have conclusive evidence that a player should not be ejected to overturn the call on the field."
Clinton-Dix was allowed to remain in the game and the Crimson Tide scored 28 unanswered points in the first half to take a 28-14 lead over the Aggies at halftime.