NIU's Jones-Davis suspended for eye-gouging

Oct 2, 2017 - 1:56 AM Northern Illinois linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis was suspended for one game after he intentionally gouged the eyes of San Diego State standout running back Rashaad Penny during Saturday's game.

Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey announced the discipline on Sunday after reviewing film of the play.

The incident occurred with 4:12 remaining in the first quarter when Jones-Davis and Penny were among a pile-up of players on the ground. Television replays showed Jones-Davis reach his right hand inside Penny's facemask.

Penny headed to the sidelines with both hands over his eyes. No penalty was called on the play.

"Antonio's action is not indicative of his character, nor that of our players or coaching staff, and does not reflect the values upon which our program has been built," Carey said in a statement. "Last night's game was extremely hard-fought, it was emotional and it was a chippy game which, at times, crossed the line on both sides, as evidenced by the number of post-play penalties.

"However, Antonio's action in that emotional moment was completely unacceptable, and he understands that he must face the consequences. He has taken full responsibility for his actions and voiced to me his disappointment in himself that he embarrassed the university and the football program."

Carey said Jones-Davis plans to contact Penny and San Diego State coach Rocky Long to apologize for his actions.

Penny, who gained 107 yards, indicated afterward that he was disappointed that the incident occurred.

"I just think that stuff shouldn't happen," Penny said. "I thought we were all more mature than that, but I bounced back."

No. 19 San Diego State won the contest 34-28 to improve to 5-0.

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