Tulsa, Mississippi State brawl at end of Armed Forces Bowl

FORT WORTH, Texas — A game intended to honor the men and women of the United States military service branches ended with a bad look by both teams.    

Mississippi State and Tulsa got into a multi-player, sidelines-clearing fight after the Bulldogs defeated the Golden Hurricane 28-26 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. 

Video shows Mississippi State wide receiver Malik Heath intentionally kicking Tulsa safety TieNeal Martin in the middle of the madness. The kick came moments after Martin threw aggressive punches at multiple Mississippi State players. Heath also threw punches during the fight. 

Heath and Martin were two of many players from both sides who were heavily involved in the pile up. It lasted for several seconds. Heath posted a social media video in the locker room praising himself for his involvement in the altercation

In his on-field post-game interview with the ESPN broadcast crew, Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said "this is a football game so we're not going to be tearing cloth over this deal." 

Mississippi State and Tulsa players brawl after the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

"Somebody went to a football game and somebody got hit," Leach said. "There's a point where I'm not going to lose my mind over it." 

He didn't seem too fazed by the incident in his news conference with reporters, either.

"I don't think it marred anything that we did out there, whatsoever," Leach said. "It's dumb. The root of it is dumb. No matter what the root of it is, the root of it is dumb. And the continuation of it is dumb. So I would have that solidly in the category of dumb. Where the dumb started, I'm not entirely sure." 

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