The first-ever Miami Beach Bowl made a lasting impression with college football fans when it ended in a HUGE fight between the BYU Cougars and the Memphis Tigers on Dec. 22. Watch the insane video here!
Whoa! BYU faced off against Memphis in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl game and it became memorable for multiple reasons. After an edge-of-your-seat game that went into double overtime, fists and helmets went flying in an explosive brawl, just after Memphis pulled off a surprise 55-48 victory! But was all this violence really called for?
BYU & Memphis Fight On Field At Miami Beach Bowl
We’ve seen other high-energy games end in fist fights in recent weeks, but this one is brutal!
Tensions ran high throughout the super-close face-off between the teams, with side comments and trash talk on the field abounding through each quarter, only intensifying as the nail-biter of a game drew to a close.
But all hell broke loose as Memphis snatched a game-ending interception in the second overtime. Tiger players ran right up to the Cougars’ sidelines to celebrate in their faces.
With emotions running high, that bit of gloating proved to be more than some of the BYU boys could handle. Players rushed the field with fists flying, some even removing their helmets to strike opposing team members!
As you can see in the clip, coaches and teammates tried desperately to break-up the melee as players with bloodied noses kicked and punched at anyone with an opposing team jersey. Crazy!
BYU & Memphis Brawl: Team Coaches Speak
Coaches from each team, still floored and confused by the circumstances that led to the fight on the field, responded publicly to the unfortunate violence that punctuated an otherwise remarkable game. BYU Coach Tom Holmoe apologized for his team’s behavior on Twitter:
We expect better of our athletes, even in the face of a difficult loss. We intend to fully review this matter. I apologize to Cougar Nation.
— Tom Holmoe (@TomHolmoe) December 23, 2014
Coach Justin Fuente of the Memphis Tigers shared a similar viewpoint.
“I don’t know what happened at the end, first of all, so I don’t know how upset I am,” Fuente told ESPN. “I’m sure I’ll see it eventually. It’s not who we are, it’s not what we want to represent. I hope it doesn’t take away from an incredible football game, for both sides.”
Wow. What do you think should happen next Hollywoodlifers? Does either team deserve punishment for this unsportsmanlike incident?
— Rivea Ruff