COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Already short-handed in the secondary, No. 4 Ohio State took another blow when officials ejected cornerback Bradley Roby for targeting in the first quarter of the Buckeyes' game with Iowa.
The redshirt junior, a first-team All-American a year ago, was penalized for launching himself and making contact with the head of Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorwicz on the Hawkeyes' second drive of the game Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
After a video review, the call was confirmed and Roby was escorted to the locker room.
The Buckeyes were already playing without star safety Christian Bryant, who was lost for the season after breaking his ankle late in a win over Wisconsin on Sept. 28.
Ohio State rallied to win 34-24.
Roby has had some ups and downs since deciding to return for another season with the Buckeyes in an effort to compete for a national title and boost his draft stock. He missed the opening game of the year for a suspension and has blown a few notable assignments in coverage. But he has also intercepted two passes and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Earlier Saturday, three players in the SEC were ejected.
Florida safety Cody Riggs was ejected on a targeting call on the first snap of the game. South Carolina safety Kadetrix Marcus was also ejected for targeting early in the first quarter, and Georgia defensive end Ray Drew went to the locker room after a late hit on Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.