One of the more entertaining college football games of 2014 turned ugly on Monday afternoon, when players on the Memphis Tigers and BYU Cougars got into a massive brawl following the Tigers’ double-overtime win, 55-48, at Marlins Park in the Miami Beach Bowl.
DaShaughn Terry gave Memphis the victory by intercepting BYU quarterback Christian Stewart in the second overtime, but the action didn’t end there. The Tigers began to celebrate on the field, and a fight broke out between the two teams.
The brawl was no ordinary scuffle, as punches were being thrown from both sides. It appeared that a Memphis player threw the first punch, but several players were heavily involved in the melee.
BYU defensive back Kai Nacua was seen punching Memphis tight end Alan Cross in the back of the head. Nacau left the field bloodied with a gash under his left eye.
Even in victory, Memphis coach Justin Fuente was disappointed in his team.
“That’s not who we are, and I’m upset,” Fuente said after the game. “I hope it doesn’t take away from an unbelievable football game. but they’ll be a lesson taught. Ii don’t know exactly everything that happened. We’ve got to learn how to handle success too and act the right way. I don’t know really what happened, but I don’t want us to be involved in that kind of stuff.”
The contest will likely be remembered for the fight, but it may end up being one of the best bowl games this season. A 54-yard field goal by Memphis kicker Jake Elliot sent the game into overtime, and quarterback Paxton Lynch was responsible for seven touchdowns in the win,