ATLANTA - Miami waited until after the Peach Bowl to put up a fight.
Miami and LSU players exchanged punches in the tunnel as they left the field Friday night after the Tigers’ 40-3 victory, the Hurricanes’ most-lopsided bowl loss.
Matt Flynn threw two touchdown passes in his first start for No. 10 LSU (11-2) and the Tigers attempted two late fake kicks against the No. 9 Hurricanes (9-3).
Georgia State Patrol officers intervened in the brawl, with one officer holding a Taser while trying to prevent more players from entering the tunnel.
Minutes later, Miami’s Andrew Bain, appearing to be dazed, was escorted by officers out of the tunnel. Miami coach Larry Coker said Bain and teammate Khalil Jones were knocked unconscious, but no players were detained by police.
Jones was taken to a hospital for observation, Coker said Saturday morning.
“I don’t know what happened and I don’t condone it,” Coker said the night before.
While players surged to the tunnel, LSU coach Les Miles was surrounded by reporters on the field.
“It really did surprise me to find out there was a problem,” Miles said.
“We play with our helmets and you see it on the scoreboard,” Addai said.
LSU’s Jacob Hester, who ran for 70 yards and a touchdown, said trash-talking began as normal banter and involved Tigers receiver Dwayne Bowe, a Miami native.
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