Blount Force Drama: 'I just apologize to anyone watching that'

Blount Force Drama: 'I just apologize to anyone watching that' »Play Video
The Associated Press reported that "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." (Still from KVAL Sports video)

BOISE, Idaho - Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount's biggest connection Thursday night came after the final whistle.

Boise State had just wrapped up an 19-8 win, and players and coaches took the field for handshakes and celebration when Blount punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the face.

KVAL Sports footage of the punch:

Coaches frantically separated the players, and Chip Kelly talked briefly with Blount before pushing him in the direction of the locker room.

As Blount continued towards the locker room under increasing boos and taunts from fans watching a replay of the punch on BroncoVision, he lunged at fans and was restrained by a police officer and game security.

Hout did appear to provoke the incident, celebrating and jesturing directly at Blount immediately before the punch was thrown.

"That will never happen again," Blount told media after the game.

"I will never lose my head like that again, I apologize, I will never resort to that level of sportsmanship," he said. "I should have handled that situation a lot better than I did."

Oregon coach Chip Kelly didn't see the incident but said disciplinary action could come once he reviews the tape of the incident.

"There is no place for that, I do not condone that. I will make that decision if that is the case," the coach said.

Boise State players and coaches had little to no comment on the incident after the game, but safety George Iloka said the incident didn't surprise him all that much based on some of the trash talk that took place during the game.

"I guess he was just mad and frustrated - they felt like they should have won, as much stuff as they've been talking," Iloka said.

But despite the talking, Iloka said there was respect shown after the game as well.

"I ran up to [QB Jeremiah] Masoli and was like, 'good game, I respect you' and he said 'I respect you back,'" Iloks said. "It's just football."

Most players on the field hadn't seen Blount throw the punch until the video was replayed multiple times on BroncoVision.

BSU Sports Marketing claimed oversight of what does and does not get aired during games on BroncoVision but refused comment on the decision to repeatedly replay the punch immediately after the game.