No one expected Illinois defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo to react the way he did in the second half of Saturday’s game against Northwestern.
One of Odenigbo’s teammates was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after he shoved a Northwestern player at the end of a play. Odenigbo seemed to take issue with the flag grazing his shoulder, so he took it and threw it back at an official.
Luckily, it hit the brim of the ref’s hat, rather than drilling him in the face.
Here’s a close-up shot of the incident in question.
Odenigbo was ejected from the game as a result. It was just another chapter in the Fighting Illini’s nightmare 2017 campaign.