Ross- I didn't get a chance to watch the Spring Game, but I have watched a fair bit of Sparty's film from last year, and went to Mike Tressel's talk at the Coaches' Clinic here in Columbus - did you see OSU's LBs coming downhill much more aggressively in the run game? Watching MSU, their LBs look like they are almost blitzing once they get the read.
A rival is a team you want to beat above all others, and said team feels the same way about you. Most teams don't actually have a rival, and by definition no team has more than one. Penn State is not OSU's rival- that is Michigan.
Nobody is disputing that he struggled in Columbus, nor is anyone insinuating he got a less-than-fair chance. However, he's a college-aged kid, and a competitor. What people are saying is that, perhaps, in his mind, he has a chance to "show all those Buckeye haters" and "prove all of those people wrong," even if that isn't the case and people aren't saying that.
"Sitting around and waiting for a spring graduation, after you've met all the requirements a semester early" is something that should not nearly as easy as it is. That it is is a sign that high school requirements are too low.
Intent is not part of the rule.
You are missing it. The rule is not "leading with the head", it's "hitting at or above the shoulder." Roby's hit was too high- he should have aimed for the solar plexus.
The helmets absolutely made contact.
Because it was against the rules. A photograph is not appropriate evidence here- all it will do is show what is happening at an exact snapshot in time.
http://imgur.com/6VDw5XZ Shows the hit- this is clearly a targeting penalty and an ejection according to the rule.
Debate the rule all you like, but this was a correct and proper application of the rule as it is in place now.
My favorite game in this vein is the 2002 San Jose State game....I woke up very early, worked parking until about 5 minutes before kick-off, made my way into the stadium, and with three of my best friends from high school, watched OSU dominate the Spartans.
That game featured OSU allowing 0 rushing yards on 13 carries and forcing and recovering fumbles on 4 consecutive drives, winning 50-7 and pushing the Buckeyes to 7-0. It was so much of a beat down that I got to see one of my former HS teammates, a walk-on named Steve Moore, get some time in the defensive backfield. Just a great day.