In last Saturday’s game against Alabama State, UCLA defensive back Kenny Churchwell III was ejected for targeting in the second half of the game.

That call, considered by many to be questionable at best, will force him to miss the first half of the Bruins’ upcoming game against South Alabama. UCLA head coach Chip Kelly told reporters this week they appealed the targeting call but it was upheld. Churchwell will, indeed, miss the first half.

Churchwell, the Bruins’ starting nickel back, has 10 tackles and a pass breakup in two games this season. He finished the game one off the team lead for tackles with five. The fifth-year junior also had a tackle for loss in the contest.

The hit in question came on the second play of the second half for the defense. Alabama State quarterback Myles Crawley was looking for wideout La’Vontae Shenault over the middle when Churchwell leveled a crushing hit to force an incompletion.

Rule changes this year redefined the crown of the helmet for targeting purposes, and teams are now given the opportunity to appeal second-half ejections. The conference office can request a review from the national coordinator of officials, and if it’s determined the call was incorrect, that player would be cleared to play in the first half of the next game.

UCLA kicks off against South Alabama at 11 a.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network on Saturday.