VIDEO: Ref gets taken out by vicious elbow

It looked like just another college jump-ball for 19-year  referee Rick Crawford before he got caught square in the face by Vanderbilt center Damien Jones’ elbow.


Despite ending up in the hospital, Crawford was OK, but the look on his face as he lies on the floor tells a different story.

Crawford told The Associated Press he “felt an elbow hit me across my right eye and then I just went down,” following the tipoff.

“It was a little scary,” Crawford said, who added he did not have concussion symptoms. “I think after the elbow hit my eye, my head hit the floor. I was fully conscious. I was aware of what was going on. So it was a little scary. Just a little knot over my right eye.”