ESPN cameras catch pre-game punch leading up to Kentucky-Virginia Tech Belk Bowl
As ESPN checked in on the pre-game atmosphere around the Belk Bowl in its lead up to the game, cameras caught a punch being thrown between Kentucky and Virginia Tech players.
UK QB Lynn Bowden Jr. has been at the center of this ongoing issue between the teams, which reportedly started at an event earlier this week when the players came together at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Bowden declined to discuss Virginia Tech with reporters on Monday, and it was unclear what prompted the initial scuffle.
After pre-game, other cameras captured coach Mark Stoops and Bowden walking together to the field from the locker room with police nearby.
The teams don’t have a deep rivalry history, so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out on the field once the game begins. Given these circumstances, it won’t be a surprise if multiple 15-yard penalties are assessed throughout the game, especially early as players try to send a message. This has definitely been the most back-and-forth drama leading up to a bowl game this season.
ESPN’s video of the Kentucky/Virginia Tech scuffle featuring Lynn Bowden pic.twitter.com/xgxOp8YLYo
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