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CRAWFORD | Every player from both teams penalized for brawl in WKU's win over ODU

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Complete team stats for WKU in its 59-24 win over ODU. Complete team stats for WKU in its 59-24 win over ODU.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A benches-clearing brawl in the third quarter of Western Kentucky’s 59-24 win over Old Dominion in Bowling Green Saturday night was so widespread that officials called personal fouls on every player on both teams, unable to identify every player who left the bench areas.

WKU dominated the game, blowing out to a 52-14 halftime lead. But tempers began to flare in the second quarter, when WKU scored 31 points, but not without one minor on-field scuffle. As WKU’s margin grew, so did the tension, and the fight that ensued will overshadow WKU stopping ODU’s three-game winning streak and climbing within one win of bowl eligibility.

The punches began with 6:42 left in the third quarter when WKU quarterback Mike White hit wideout Taywan Taylor for a four-yard gain before safety C.J. Bradshaw pushed Taylor out of bounds on the Old Dominion sideline. From there, shoving began and it escalated quickly into what WKU coach Jeff Brohm later called, “a complete melee.”

Soon, much of the ODU sideline was engaging as WKU players who were in the game ran toward them to get involved. As the scuffles moved down the field, what appeared to be most of the Hilltopper bench ran across the field.

Officials improvised on the penalties, assessing personal fouls on every play, and ejecting ODU’s Jamshyer McUmber.

After the game, neither team pointed fingers, but each coach nudged just a bit of shade in the other direction.

“I can’t really tell, I’m on the other sideline,” Brohm said when asked for his version of what transpired. “I know we ran over there and the melee started so I didn’t like that. I don’t think that has to happen. It looked like for a while it wasn’t getting under control, and any time that happens for a while, then the players start to get each other’s back. But it was just unfortunate to see it. I don’t know all the details, but i do know it happened on their sideline. I can’t sit here and tell you I know for sure certain things happened, but it’s just unfortunate that on their sideline it would turn into a complete melee. I don’t know exactly who’s at fault with it.”

Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder said he, too, didn’t have a good feel for what happened, but noted that such an incident is out of character for his team.

“In eight years of football, we’ve never been involved in a situation like that,” he said. “As you know, we rarely have personal fouls on our team; we’re one of the least penalized teams in the league. They [WKU] are one of the most penalized coming in, they had 13 personal fouls coming into the game. Things got out of hand there. I’m going to look at the video and review it with my players because they know it’s not something we want to be involved with or want people to see happening in our program. We’ll discuss it as a team tomorrow.”

Brohm said he had no explanation.

“Pretty much every game to me has some chippiness to it and you never know what’s going to take place next,” he said. “You know they wanted to win. I’m sure they came in very confident, they had been playing very well and it was a big game for them. We were fortunate enough to jump out on them early and big and I’m sure they weren’t very happy about it, so that may have played into it, but you just don’t like to see it happen.”

Further sanctions could come from Conference USA after a review of the video. 

WKU improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Conference USA. ODU fell to 4-3, 2-1. The Hilltoppers rolled up 624 yards of offense and averaged 9.2 yards per play Saturday. Brohm now is 25-10 at WKU, and the Hilltoppers have won 10 straight conference home games.

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