Minutes after Mississippi State edged out Tulsa, 28-26, each groups got here face-to-face on the sideline and a skirmish become a melee.
Tulsa coach Greg Montgomery stated sophomore security Kendarin Ray was being handled for “some form of concussion” after he was on the underside of a pile through the scrum.
“The one factor I’ll say is our program, our guys, we’re a workforce which might be going to face up for one another and we’re going to battle, Montgomery stated. “We speak about religion, household, soccer, and household’s going to maintain household. We’re a workforce that has battled all 12 months lengthy. We battled once more immediately. From that standpoint, our guys are going to proceed to guard one another and go from there,”
Mississippi State coach Mike Leach stated he was not sure what triggered the melee.
“I’m unsure what precisely precipitated that,” he stated. “It was one thing earlier than the sport, too. We’ve by no means had any drawback with that all the season, so I can solely guess with out seeing the movie.”
Tulsa was attempting for a late onside kick to make a comeback. However the workforce was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which can have fueled the new tempers.
Mississippi State freshman Will Rogers threw a landing go and rushed for yet one more within the win. Bulldogs defensive again Emmanuel Forbes returned a landing 90 yards.
Mississippi State completed the season 4-7. Tulsa completed the season 6-3.
The Related Press contributed to this report