The sophomore outside linebacker was ejected after being flagged for targeting with 9:56 left in the first quarter. Carter hit a scrambling Johnny McCrary above the shoulders after the quarterback released a pass to the left side.
“It inspired us,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “It made us and the Wolfpack angry because one of our fellow wolves was gone, one of our fellow brothers was gone. That sucks.”
The Wolfpack is the nickname Georgia’s outside linebackers gave themselves.
Richt said he didn’t see the targeting penalty or the replay to comment about the call.
“He’s a kid, he’s a great competitor and all he’s trying to do is make great plays,” Jenkins said. “There was no malicious intent at all. He was just trying to make a play. When you’re 6-6 and you’re trying to get low, it’s naturally going to be borderline. I guess he just needs to work on finishing with a different way on the quarterback.”
It was the third targeting call on Georgia in its last two games here. Ray Drew and Ramik Wilson were called for targeting in an upset loss in 2013 to Vanderbilt.
Since Carter’s ejection came in the first half, he won’t have to sit out any of the next game against South Carolina, “which is good,” Richt said.