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68 Ventures Bowl: Best of South Alabama Brings Out Worst In Eastern Michigan

68 Ventures Bowl - South Alabama v Eastern Michigan Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images

Playing in their own stadium, South Alabama put on an offensive show over the weekend in the 68 Ventures Bowl.

The Jaguars scored a season-high 59 points en route to a 59-10 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles. USA broke another season record with 320 rushing yards on the evening. It was one of those performances where there was a clear divide in terms of performance, USA had time to work down their depth chart, getting several younger players critical in-game experience...and still dominated.

Frustration from Eastern Michigan was rising and rising throughout the game where they totaled just 150 yards of offense and turned the ball over three times. It boiled over after the final whistle, when players and coaches usually take the time to shake hands with their opponents. Instead, EMU’s Korey Hernandez appeared to punch USA’s Jamarrien Burt, resulting in a full-blown brawl.

“We strongly condemn the actions of some of the student-athletes on the EMU football team in the ugly incident that took place following last night’s 68 Ventures Bowl. We are deeply upset and embarrassed by what happened,” Eastern Michigan athletic director Scott Wetherbee said in a statement released Sunday. “Their conduct does not reflect the great pride and high standards we place on the game and our program, and the expectations for good sportsmanship and exemplary conduct of student-athletes on and off the field. What happened was completely unacceptable. We apologize to the Eastern Michigan University community and to the South Alabama team and their fans.”

Per ESPN, Wetherbee and Eagles coach Chris Creighton have both apologized to South Alabama athletic director Joel Erdmann and coach Kane Wommack for the incident.