Following the dustup—read: brawl—at the conclusion of the Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth the head coaches for both the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Mississippi State Bulldogs appeared content to downplay the ruckus. 

From Bulldog’s coach Mike Leach essentially telling the ESPN crew he wasn’t going to get his undies in a bunch over a fight at a football game:

“I mean, this is a football game, so we’re not going to be tearing cloth over this deal,” Leach said. “Somebody went to a football game and somebody got hit. There’s a point to where I’m not going to lose my mind over it. But I just don’t like that we were undisciplined in situations where I feel if you control yourself mentally and emotionally you put yourself in a better position.”

To Tulsa head man Phillip Montgomery boiling it down to players sticking up for one another:

Montgomery mentioned also a possible concussion suffered by Golden Hurricane safety Kendarin Ray, but whether that occurred during the football game or the ensuing brawl was not made clear. 

The 3-7 Bulldogs won the game 28-26 over the 6-2 Golden Hurricane squad, but the score of this game is going to be the least important part of it in the memories of both the public and those directly involved going forward.