The 12 months 2020 needed to finish someway — why not with a giant battle on the finish of the Armed Forces Bowl between Mississippi State and Tulsa?
Tensions had been excessive even earlier than Thursday afternoon’s sport in Fort Price, Texas, as a scuffle broke out pregame. Then a giant hit on a late onside kick try added gas to the hearth. By the point the ultimate whistle sounded, an all-out brawl had damaged out alongside the sideline and Mississippi State’s 28-26 win was rapidly forgotten.
Here is one angle of the combating that occurred, with social media accounts suggesting it took a number of minutes to interrupt all of it up.
Here is one other view that follows the motion a bit additional than the primary video.
By the point the cameras had targeted in on the groups alongside the sideline, it wasn’t clear what had introduced them into shut proximity. On the backside of the shot, Mississippi State’s Aaron Brule (No. 3) might be seen throwing a punch, which prompts Tulsa’s Tieneal Martin (No. 7) to unload some photographs again at him. From there, it is tough to trace the motion as punches are being thrown and gamers are being shoved up and down the sideline.
A 3rd angle shows one other Mississippi State participant becoming a member of the fray regardless of showing to be inactive for the sport.
There was additionally this:
It is not apparent what would create such dangerous blood between these colleges on a grander scale as they haven’t any type of built-in rivalry. In truth, this was the primary time they’d ever met in a soccer sport, in accordance with Tulsa Athletics.
Regardless of the purpose, the sparks appeared to begin flying pregame. It is not unusual for soccer groups to bunch up like this earlier than a sport, however apparently Thursday afternoon was going to be completely different.
If one factor got here out of the combating, it is that it is unlikely Tulsa shall be scheduling Mississippi State in soccer anytime quickly, or vice versa. It is in all probability safer that approach.