Brawl breaks out between Mississippi State, Illinois following wild game-ending play in ReliaQuest Bowl
Tempers flared after a last second touchdown in the ReliaQuest Bowl. The fight resulted after Illinois was trying to score on a lateral play.
Mississippi State took the lead on a short field goal from inside in the Illinois five-yard line beforehand. The Bulldogs then recovered the football on Illinois’ lateral play and took it to the house.
After the score a fight happened near the 50-yard line between a Mississippi State and Illinois player, and the benches cleared. Both teams had to be calmed down before the coaches shook hands at midfield.
Mississippi State wins, and a brief brawl breaks out pic.twitter.com/yNIYuIOvFA
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) January 2, 2023
Illinois lost to Mississippi State by a score of 19-10 even though the game was already decided thanks to the late field goal.
The Fighting Illini will finish the 2022 season at 8-5. At the end of the day, Bret Bielema’s growth from year one to year two should be talked about. Illinois had a 5-7 record last season.