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Southern California LB Jabari Ruffin provides added motivation in Alabama’s win

USC linebacker Jabari Ruffin (No. 40) ejected from Saturday's game against Alabama after stomping a Tide player: Tim Heitman - USA TODAY Sports

Frustration is a part of life, but it should never lead to disruptive behavior. Apparently, Southern California’s linebacker Jabari Ruffin didn’t get the memo in Saturday’s game against Alabama.

The Trojans started losing momentum in the second quarter, after the Crimson Tide opened with 10 unanswered points. Ruffin’s anger got the better of him on the ensuing kickoff, as he stomped sophomore defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick in the groin.

USC’s Jabari Ruffin ejected for stomping in Alabama player’s groin

An immediate ejection would follow, bringing delight to Alabama fans and a much needed intensity to the players. Alabama ripped off 42 points in Ruffin’s absence, including an 18-yard interception returned for a touchdown (Marlon Humphrey) off the arm of Trojans’ quarterback Max Browne.

Head coach Clay Helton addressed the media on the mistake of his senior linebacker after the game, while handing out his punishment on Sunday afternoon. Ruffin has been suspended for the first half of the Utah State game and is required to write an apology letter, per Zach Helfand of the LA Times.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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