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UK football player thrown out of season opener against Central Michigan

UK’s Chris Westry was ejected for a targeting penalty Saturday.
UK’s Chris Westry was ejected for a targeting penalty Saturday.

UK cornerback Chris Westry was thrown out of Saturday’s season opener against Central Michigan following a targeting call in the second quarter.

Westry — a second-team cornerback for the Wildcats — collided with Central Michigan running back Jonathan Ward on a pass play on third-and-11. The pass was incomplete, but Westry was hit with a 15-yard targeting penalty and thrown out of the game after that call was confirmed on video replay. Central Michigan also got a first down on the play, later setting up a CMU touchdown to give the Chippewas a 10-7 lead.

Westry started 33 of 38 games in his first three seasons as a Wildcat and has three career interceptions.

Two Central Michigan players were also ejected from Saturday’s game.

Central Michigan’s Tyjuan Swain was tossed in the third quarter after landing a targeting penalty while tackling UK’s David Bouvier on a punt return. Swain is a second-string safety for the Chippewas. A few plays later, second-string linebacker Trevor Apsey was thrown out of the game for targeting after a hit on UK wide receiver Dorian Baker.

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