Eastern Michigan player throws sucker punch after 59-10 loss to South Alabama in bowl game
Eastern Michigan lost to South Alabama by 49 points in Saturday night’s 68 Ventures Bowl. Throughout the game, there was some chippiness on the field, seemingly setting the stage for an ugly scene once the game ended.
After its 59-10 win, South Alabama’s team faced its marching band in the stands and sang the school’s alma mater. During that time, Eastern Michigan’s Korey Hernandez ran up from behind and punched South Alabama’s Jamarrien Burt in the back of the head. Brian Dillard (Burt’s brother) and then several other South Alabama players immediately reacted and swarmed Hernandez.
Both teams were eventually sent to their locker rooms. Once Eastern Michigan had left the field, South Alabama returned for the postgame trophy celebration.
Video of the incident is below:
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After the game, EMU head coach Chris Creighton was asked about the incident and said he addressed it with his team in the locker room.
“I didn’t see things when they happened,” Creighton said, per AL.com’s Creg Stephenson. “But I definitely saw the intensity of what had just happened. We had a really good, long talk in the locker room afterwards. We want to be first-class all the time, no matter the circumstances, no matter what the scoreboard is, no matter what other factors, people, whatever are involved. And anything short of being first-class is not living up to the standard that we have in Eastern Michigan football.
“I think that our guys care a lot about performing well. I’m sure we were embarrassed by how we played and it probably didn’t take too much to get our guys into a place that we hope that they never get.”