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1 Jan, 2021 11:19

‘Ban them for two years’: Investigation after wild brawl erupts in college football clash between Mississippi & Tulsa (VIDEO)

‘Ban them for two years’: Investigation after wild brawl erupts in college football clash between Mississippi & Tulsa (VIDEO)

US college football officials have promised a review after violent scenes marred the end of the Armed Forces Bowl clash between Mississippi State and Tulsa on Thursday.

Shortly after the game at Fort Worth in Texas – which the Mississippi State Bulldogs edged 28-26 – a mass brawl erupted as players were seen charging down the touchline, punching and kicking each other.

It’s still unclear what exactly triggered the ruckus, which saw Tulsa safety Kendarin Ray being helped from the field after suffering what his coach said was likely a concussion.

Tulsa and its conference the AAC have said they will look into the chaotic scenes and issue sanctions if necessary.

"We will work with the University of Tulsa to conduct a thorough review of the altercation pursuant to our Conference Code of Sportsmanship process and expect that the university will respond accordingly," said AAC commissioner Mike Aresco, ESPN reported. 

Bulldogs coach Mike Leach described the ugly scenes as “dumb” but did not clarify what had caused the tensions to flare up.

"The root of it's dumb, no matter what the root of it is,” Leach said.

“The root of it's dumb and the continuation of it's dumb. I would have that solidly in the category of dumb. Now where the dumb started, I'm not entirely sure."

His Tulsa counterpart Philip Montgomery also didn’t disclose the flashpoint for the violence, but said his team would always “stand up for each other.”

"We're a team that is going to stand up for each other and we're going to battle," Montgomery said.

"We talked about faith, family, football, and family is going to take care of family. We're a team that has battled all year long.

"We battled again today, and from that standpoint, our guys are going to continue to protect each other and go from there."

Meanwhile, some fans called for hefty sanctions for both sets of players – including a lengthy ban and scholarship reductions – with some even outlandishly claiming it was worse than the infamous Penn State child sex abuse scandal.  

Others, however, dismissed the row and claimed far worse happens in the likes of ice hockey, while accusations were traded over who had sparked the brawl. 

The Armed Forces Bowl, sponsored by US military giant Lockheed Martin, is an annual postseason game which was first held in 2003, and typically takes place at the 45,000-seat Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University.