BOISE, Idaho -- No sooner had Boise State won the game than Oregon's LeGarrette Blount lost it, his fist entering the frame on ESPN in a punch across the jaw of BSU defensive end Byron Hout (94).
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Blount talks to press about punch:
The Associated Press reported:
The lasting image from this highly anticipated kickoff to the 2009 college football season will be Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount punching Boise State's Byron Hout after the final whistle and then needing to be restrained from fans by police on the field.
As the Broncos began celebrating on their famous blue turf, Hout yelled in Blount's face and tapped him on the shoulder pad. That drew an immediate scream from Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, but before Petersen could pull Hout away, Blount landed a right hand to the defensive end's jaw.
Then as Blount was being pulled off the field, he had to be restrained from fans heckling him on the way to the Oregon locker room.
"You know, just emotions getting the best of players, and you know, it was a hard fought game, really proud of our defense," Petersen said. "Typical first game, lot of sloppy football, but I thought our defense rose to the occasion and played great."
Blount set a Ducks record with 17 rushing touchdowns last season.
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