Curry was called for targeting in the fourth quarter as he went in for a tackle on running back Duran Bell. As nose tackle Kyle Cerge-Henderson tackled Bell to the ground, Curry attempted to assist on the stop. He led with his helmet and may have hit Bell in the head or neck area. The television replay was unclear.
Watching the coaches video, Johnson said he wasn’t sure if Curry hit Bell in the head.
“And if he did, it was nothing,” Johnson. “To have to get kicked of a game for that.”
They were costly losses for Tech in its 49-38 loss to South Florida. Johnson described the two as “probably our two guys that are playing the best on defense.”
Curry was replaced by freshman Quez Jackson and Carpenter was replaced by Kaleb Oliver, like Carpenter a redshirt freshman. Before he was ejected, Carpenter had ended USF’s first possession of the game with the first interception of his career.
Curry, who is tied with cornerback Ajani Kerr for the team lead in tackles with 10, will have to miss the first half of Tech’s next game, its ACC opener at Pittsburgh.
The officiating crew was from the American Athletic Conference.