Jabari Ruffin makes the walk of shame toward the locker room after being ejected. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports)

When LSU’s Josh Boutte blindsided Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon with what most viewed as a vicious cheap shot Saturday, that appeared to have won the award for Dirtiest Play of the Day. As it turned out, it wasn’t even the dirtiest play of the day in a game that involved an SEC team.

Later on Saturday, Southern Cal linebacker Jabari Ruffin was ejected from a nationally televised tilt against Alabama. His crime? Stomping on the crotch of Crimson Tide cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick.

The infraction occurred following a kickoff return by the No. 20 Trojans after top-ranked Alabama took a 10-3 lead, and the penalty pushed Southern Cal back to its 10-yard line. Some karmic justice was served when, two plays later, a USC pass was deflected into the arms of Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, who returned it 18 yards for a touchdown and a 16-3 lead.

Meanwhile, some were reminded of Draymond Green, who gained notoriety during the NBA playoffs for taking numerous shots to opponents’ groins.

Ruffin will face some tough questions, from the media and his own coaching staff alike, over why he did what he did. Or, given that it took place directly in front of an official, why in the world the fifth-year senior thought he could get away with it.