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Massive Brawl Follows Mississippi State Beating Tulsa in Armed Forces Bowl

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Last Updated: January 01, 2021, 08:26 IST

Brawl at Armed Forces Bowl (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Brawl at Armed Forces Bowl (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Players came to fists after Mississippi State beat No. 22 Tulsa 28-26 in the Armed Forces Bowl.

A wild, post-game brawl erupted after Mississippi State held off No. 22 Tulsa 28-26 on Thursday in the Armed Forces Bowl, overshadowing true freshman Will Rogers’ big game for the Bulldogs.

Minutes after the game ended following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Mississippi State on a late onside kick as Tulsa tried to make a comeback, the teams became involved in a large melee on the field. Tulsa coach Greg Montgomery said sophomore safety Kendarin Ray, who was helped off the field after being at the bottom of a dogpile during a second scrum, was treated for some sort of concussion.

Rogers scored his first rushing touchdown and had a 13-yard scoring pass for the Bulldogs (4-7). They finished the season with a second straight win in a game played at TCU in steady rain and temperatures in the upper 30s.

Joquavious Marks scored a rushing touchdown on the games first possession and Emmanuel Forbes returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. Forbes third-quarter touchdown was initially called back on an illegal blocking penalty, but officials reversed the ruling to a penalty on Tulsa.

Deneric Prince and Corey Taylor II scored rushing touchdowns, Zach Smith had a 15-yard TD pass to Keylon Stokes and Zack Long kicked field goals of 27 and 33 yards for Tulsa (6-3, No. 24 CFP).

Tulsa pulled to 21-19 with 12:30 left on Taylors 5-yard run, but Smiths two-point conversion pass intended for Stokes was broken up in the end zone. Mississippi State answered with Rogers 13-yard throw to Lideatrick Tulu Griffin to go ahead 28-19.

Smiths 15-yard scoring pass to Stokes came with 1:23 to play. Long then attempted an onside kick, which was recovered by the Bulldogs at the Mississippi State 47, and Erroll Thompson was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.



TUCSON, Ariz.: Antonio Phillips returned an early interception 53 yards for a touchdown, Drew Plitt accounted for two scores and Ball State beat short-handed San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl.

San Jose State (7-1, No. 22 CFP) had to play without its two coordinators and Mountain West Conference player of the year Cade Hall due to COVID-19 and other issues.

The Cardinals (7-1) took advantage, quick-hitting their way down the field on offense after Phillips interception for a 27-0 lead in the first quarter. The Mid-American champions bogged down in the second half but had four interceptions to win their first bowl game in 10 tries.

Already short-handed, the Spartans lost tight end Derrick Deese, Jr., the team leader with five touchdown receptions, to a neck injury on the first play from scrimmage.

Quarterback Nick Starkel injured his left knee in the second quarter but later returned wearing a brace. He threw for 268 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions for the Mountain West Conference champions.

Plitts 48-yard TD pass to YoHeinz Tyler made it 33-0 before San Jose State finally scored on Charlie Bostics 99-yard kickoff return.

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first published:January 01, 2021, 06:57 IST
last updated:January 01, 2021, 08:26 IST