NCF Nation: Byron Hout

Non-AQ Players of the Week

October, 24, 2011
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Here are your non-AQ players of the week, as selected by each conference. The independent players are selected by a national media panel.

C-USA

Offense: Dominique Davis, QB, East Carolina. Davis set an NCAA single-game record with 26 straight completions to open the game in a 38-34 win at Navy. He finished the game 40-of-45 for 372 yards with two touchdowns. His completion percentage of 88.9 was a school record.

Defense: Marques Wheaton, DB, Southern Miss. Wheaton recorded five tackles (four solos), a pass breakup and two fourth-quarter interceptions in Southern Miss’ 27-3 win over SMU. He returned one of his interceptions 41 yards for a score.

Special teams: Ty Long, K, UAB. Long, a true freshman, made the game-winning 40-yarder with 21 seconds remaining in a 26-24 win over UCF.

Independent

Offense: Riley Nelson, QB, BYU. Nelson led six touchdown drives in seven series before leaving the game early in the third quarter in a 56-3 win over Idaho State. Nelson completed 11 of 17 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns, and added 62 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Co-defense: Geoffrey Bacon, LB, Army. Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU. Bacon returned his first career interception 70 yards for a touchdown in a 44-21 loss at Vanderbilt. Making his first career start, Bacon added a pass break-up, and he matched his season tally with a career-high 13 tackles, including a half tackle for loss. Van Noy had two sacks, three quarterback hurries and a blocked punt.

Special teams: George Atkinson III, KR, Notre Dame. Atkinson had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 31-17 loss to USC. He tallied 178 yards on five kickoff returns.

MAC

East Division

Offense: Chazz Anderson, QB, Buffalo. Accounted for 460 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a 31-30 loss to Northern Illinois. Anderson completed a school record 35 passes on 53 attempts for 406 yards and three touchdowns, including one with just 14 seconds left in regulation that pulled Buffalo to within one before a missed extra point made the difference.

Defense: Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green. Jones had six tackles, three sacks and one quarterback hurry in a 13-10 win over Temple.

Special teams: Matt Weller, K, Ohio. Went 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts, connecting from 24, 27 and 23 yards in a 37-20 win at Akron.

West Division

Offense: Javonti Greene, RB, Eastern Michigan. Greene caught a 50-yard pass from Alex Gillett in the first quarter and scored on a 50-yard run midway through the fourth quarter for the two Eastern Michigan touchdowns in a 14-10 victory over Western Michigan.

Defense: Desmond Marrow, DB, Toledo. Marrow led Toledo with six tackles and tied his career high with two interceptions in a 49-28 win over Miami.

Special Teams:Jamill Smith, KR, Ball State. Returned the opening kickoff for a career-high 48 yards in the Cardinals' 17-point second half comeback victory, a 31-27 win over Central Michigan. Smith led all returners for both teams with four kickoff returns for a total of 135 yards.

Mountain West

Offense: Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State. Moore completed 23-of-29 passes for 281 yards in a 37-26 win over Air Force. Moore tied former Texas quarterback Colt McCoy for the most career wins (45) in NCAA history.

Defense:Byron Hout, LB, Boise State. Hout had a career-high 18 tackles against Air Force, including eight unassisted stops and a half tackle for loss.

Special teams:Antonio Graves, WR, TCU. Graves scored his first collegiate touchdown when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone in a 69-0 win over New Mexico. He also forced a fumble on a kickoff return.

Sun Belt

Offense:Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky. Rainey rushed for 206 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as the Hilltoppers won their first home game since 2008 with a 42-23 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Defense:Eric Russell, DB, Middle Tennessee. Russell had six tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in a win over FAU.

Special Teams:Luther Ambrose, KR, ULM. Ambrose became ULM's all-time leader in kickoff return yards and he did it in style, returning the opening kickoff 100 yards at North Texas. He finished with 148 yards on three returns.

WAC

Offense: Mike Ball, RB, Nevada. Ball rushed for a career-high 198 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and added two catches for 18 yards and another score in a 45-38 win over Fresno State.

Defense: Adrien Cole, LB, Louisiana Tech. Cole had 14 tackles (9 solo), including two for a loss, and broke up a pass in a 24-17 win at Utah State.

Special teams: Ryan Allen, P, Louisiana Tech. Allen averaged 52.2 yards on eight punts in the win at Utah State. Seven of them were downed inside the 20-yard line.

Weekend rewind: Non-AQs

October, 24, 2011
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Time to take a look back at Week 8 for the non-AQs:

Quarterbacks rule. In case you missed it, three quarterbacks had pretty awesome days on Saturday. Dominique Davis of East Carolina completed 26 straight passes. Kellen Moore of Boise State tied the NCAA record for career wins with 45. Case Keenum of Houston became the NCAA career leader for total offense, with the NCAA career passing mark and NCAA career touchdown passing mark in his sights. You can read more about their days here.

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AP Photo/Gail BurtonDominique Davis misfired on only five of his 45 pass attempts in East Carolina's win over Navy.
Southern Miss streaking. The Golden Eagles are off to their best start since 2000 after an impressive 27-3 win over SMU. They are ranked No. 25 in the coaches' poll, their first ranking since 2004, and have won five straight. Austin Davis has been impressive but so has the defense, which has made big-time improvements this season and has been a major reason this team is now the favorite to win the East Division in Conference USA. SMU came into the game with its high-powered passing offense, but Southern Miss totally shut down the Mustangs, who had season lows for points and passing yards (173). Southern Miss had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. After it plays UTEP (4-3) Saturday, Southern Miss does not have a team left on the schedule with a winning record, making it conceivable the Golden Eagles could win out. Who would they face in the C-USA title game? The West is still wide open between Houston (7-0, 3-0), Tulsa (4-3, 3-0) and SMU (5-2, 3-1), but the No. 17 Cougars would have to be the favorite if they keep rolling. They get Rice this Thursday, but close the season with back-to-back games against the Mustangs at home, then at Tulsa on Nov. 26.

Bowl bound: Southern Miss and Houston are two of five non-AQs already bowl eligible (Boise State, ULL, BYU).

Next up on deck, with games this weekend:

Arkansas State (5-2) vs. North Texas
Toledo (5-3) vs. Northern Illinois (Nov. 1)
Ball State (5-3) at Western Michigan
Northern Illinois (5-3) at Toledo (Nov. 1)
Temple (5-3) vs. Ohio (Nov. 2)
Ohio (5-3) vs. Temple (Nov. 2)
TCU (5-2) vs. BYU (Arlington, Friday)
SMU (5-2) at Tulsa
* Eastern Michigan is 5-3 but the Golden Eagles need to get to seven wins because they have two wins over FCS opponents.

Disappointments: This has been a popular question during my weekly chats: Which team(s) have been the biggest disappointment. There are three on my list today: Fresno State, UCF and Colorado State. The Bulldogs had WAC nemesis Boise State out of the way this season, the perfect opportunity to win a league championship before moving on to the Mountain West. Instead, they have sputtered to a 3-5 start and just lost to Nevada. Fresno State needs to win three games to become bowl eligible. It should be able to get there, but nothing is a given with the improved play of Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and San Jose State. Meanwhile, there were those who thought Colorado State had everything it needed to get back to a bowl game, with a young quarterback in Pete Thomas and 14 starters returning. But injuries have completed decimated this team, and the Rams are 3-4 and are going to need to pull an upset or two to get to six wins with UNLV, San Diego State, TCU, Air Force and Wyoming left.

Perhaps most disappointing of all, though, has been UCF. Here you have a program coming off the first Top 25 season in school history and a win over Georgia in the bowl game. Many thought that would give this program much-needed momentum and a building block for the future. Instead, the Knights dropped to 3-4 and 1-2 in conference last week after a loss to previously winless UAB, losing to a team that played its backup quarterback and backup running back. Starting quarterback Jeff Godfrey was benched in favor of Blake Bortles, who nearly led the Knights to a win. Now UCF might have a quarterback controversy on its hands, as coach George O'Leary has declined to say who would start Saturday against Memphis. The Knights have some tough games left and are going to need help to make it back to the C-USA title game.

The heartbreak: You have got to feel for Navy, one of the most snake-bitten teams in college football. Navy has lost four games this year by a total of eight points. The Midshipmen, Utah State and Indiana are the only three teams in the country to lose four games by eight points or fewer. The heartbreak continued Saturday in a 38-35 loss to East Carolina. The Midshipmen hung tough after losing starting quarterback Kriss Proctor (elbow) and had a chance to win in the closing minute. An apparent touchdown pass from Trey Miller to Matt Aiken was ruled incomplete, and then Navy missed yet another field goal. Aiken appeared to cross the plane after catching the ball at the 2, but the ball came loose as he hit the ground. Replay officials ruled Aiken did not maintain control as the reason for the ruling of an incomplete pass. Navy dropped to 2-5 and is in danger of breaking its eight-year bowl streak.

Helmet stickers

Mike Ball, RB, Nevada. Ball had a career-high 198 yards rushing and a touchdown on 26 carries in a 45-38 win over Fresno State. He had rushes of 35 and 41 yards, the two longest runs by any Nevada player this year.

Byron Hout, LB, Boise State. Had a career-high 18 tackles in a 37-26 win over Air Force. His tackle total is the most by a Broncos player since Korey Hall had 15 against New Mexico State in 2006.

Javonti Greene, RB, Eastern Michigan. Caught a 50-yard pass from Alex Gillett in the first quarter and scored on a 50-yard run midway through the fourth quarter for both touchdowns in a 14-10 victory over Western Michigan.

Bobby McCain, DB, Memphis. McCain had a 79-yard interception for a touchdown in a 33-17 win over Tulane. The interception gave the Tigers the lead for good in their first conference win since beating UTEP 35-20 Oct. 10, 2009.

Bobby Rainey, RB, Western Kentucky. Rainey ran for 206 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as the Hilltoppers won their first home game since 2008 with a 42-23 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. Rainey moved into fourth place on the WKU career rushing list with his performance -- the second 200-yard rushing game of his career.

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas keys

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You saw my preview and prediction. Now here are three keys for No. 10 Boise State and No. 19 Utah in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas tonight:

Boise State (11-1)

1. Stop the run. The Broncos have uncharacteristically struggled against the run in their last two games, giving up over 200 yards on the ground against Nevada and Utah State. Both those offenses are different from the Utah offense, but the Utes do have two good runners in Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata. The Broncos have switched up their starting linebackers to help shore up the run defense, which has been hurt without Byron Hout (foot). Daron Mackey and Derrell Acrey will split time in the middle. Slowing down the run means …

2. Putting the game on Utah QB Terrance Cain's shoulders. Yes, Cain is capable of managing a game, but you definitely want to see how he responds when the responsibility is completely on him. He has a tendency to be rushed into making mistakes, and that should be a huge part of the Broncos' game plan. Wide could prove to be a good safety valve for Cain should he feel pressured.

3. Take advantage of play-action for big plays. The Broncos are so good at big plays because of Kellen Moore, who is terrific at selling play-action. Utah has given up plenty of big passing plays this season and is going to have to be on top of its game to slow down Titus Young and Austin Pettis. One of the most intriguing matchups in this game is between Pettis (6-foot-3) and Brandon Burton (6-feet). Pettis is the go-to guy in the red zone for the Broncos, the only team in the country to rank in the top 4 in total offense and total defense.

Utah (10-2)

1. Get Cain going. The Utes are going to have to tailor what they do to Cain’s strengths. One of those strengths is his ability to run. As we have seen in the last two games, the Broncos have had a hard time slowing down mobile quarterbacks. Getting him a few more designed runs would certainly help, especially considering Utah does not want to find itself in third-and-long situations. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cain has completed only 55.6 percent of his passes on third down this season. He will be facing a Boise State defense that has held opponents to a pass efficiency rating of 80.6 on third down this season, fourth-best in the nation.

2. Ball control. Utah has the ability to run the ball, and the more the Utes hold the ball, the longer they keep the Boise State offense off the field. Boise State showed against Nevada it could get winded late in games. That would play right into the hands of the Utes. The Utah offensive line is one of the best among the non-AQs and has the capability of slowing down what has been a terrific defensive front.

3. Shaky Smithson. Field position is going to be critical in this game for Utah to have a chance. That is where Smithson comes in. Though teams have been kicking away from him, he still leads the nation in punt returns of 20-plus yards with 10. If the Broncos kick to him, Smithson could be a very important player to watch.

Non-AQ Weekend Rewind

November, 15, 2010
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Let's take a look at the good and the bad for the non-AQs in Week 11.

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AP Photo/Mike FuentesQuarterback Andy Dalton and TCU slipped in the polls after a 40-35 win against San Diego State.
The good: TCU and Boise State are still in the national championship conversation, though the debate is about their credentials more than anything else. The Broncos beat Idaho 52-14, and have now baten their WAC opponents by an average score of 50-8. For those who wonder why TCU dropped in the human polls after a 40-35 win against San Diego State, the Broncos beat a Hawaii team with the same record as San Diego State 42-7 at home. … Tulsa has won four straight games and is now in the hunt for the Conference USA West title. The Golden Hurricane are tied atop the West with SMU. But since the Mustangs hold the head-to-head win, Tulsa needs to win out and hope for SMU to slip in one of its final two games. … Northern Illinois has won seven straight for the first time since 2003. … FIU is in the driver’s seat for the Sun Belt after beating Troy for the first time in school history. … BYU has won three straight, including its past two games 104-17. … FAU (4-5) has won three straight, and got its third one-point win of the season, 24-21 against Louisiana. ... North Texas has gone over 400 yards of total offense in all three games under interim head coach Mike Canales after only eclipsing that mark three times in the first seven games this season before he took over.

The bad: This has been a tough season for Wyoming. The Cowboys went to a bowl game last season for the first time since 2004, and beat Fresno State 35-28 in a double-overtime thriller. But nothing has gone right this season. Wyoming (2-9) is winless in Mountain West play, and has lost six straight, including back-to-back losses to New Mexico and UNLV. That would make the Cowboys the worst team in the league. They have won just one game against FBS competition this year, at Toledo, and close out the season Saturday against Colorado State. Wyoming ranks near the bottom of the nation in passing offense, rushing offense, points scored and points allowed, and is No. 119 in total offense and No. 105 in total defense. The team has also had to overcome the death of Ruben Narcisse, killed in a car accident in September.

The heartache: Central Michigan found itself down 38-24 with seven minutes to play against Navy, but the Chippewas never gave up, scoring with 4 seconds left to make it 38-37. Coach Dan Enos elected to go for two, because he thought his team had momentum and would have a hard time stopping Navy in overtime. But the 2-point conversion pass from Ryan Radcliff to Kito Poblah went over his head. Of their eight losses this season, five have been by a touchdown or less. “The entire team supported the decision to go for two,” Enos said. …

Arkansas State was 4-5 heading into its game against Western Kentucky, with bowl hopes on the line. The Red Wolves erased a 21-7 halftime deficit and led 28-21 with 54 seconds left. But a bad snap in punt formation gave Western Kentucky the ball deep inside Arkansas State territory. Willie McNeal caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kawaun Jakes with no time left to send the game into overtime. Western Kentucky won it 36-35 when defensive back Derrius Brooks scored on a 2-point conversion on a reverse. Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts had no explanation for the botched snap. Arkansas State finishes up at Navy and FIU.

A few more helmet stickers: UNLV running back Tim Cornett scored four touchdowns in a win against Wyoming, making him the first Rebel to score four touchdowns in a game since 1994. … Ball State safety Sean Baker intercepted two passes and returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown in a 20-3 win at Buffalo. … Miami (Ohio) freshman receiver Nick Harwell had 125 yards and a touchdown in a 24-21 win against Bowling Green. He now has 43 receptions for 600 yards over the past five games, after making just two catches for 15 yards in his first five games.

A few injury items to note: Boise State suffered a big blow with the news that middle linebacker Byron Hout is out for the season with a broken foot. It’s unclear whether he will be ready for a bowl game. … Ohio quarterback Boo Jackson is doubtful for Tuesday’s game at Temple after getting injured in a bar fight a few weeks ago. Phil Bates has been hobbled by injury, but is expected to start. … Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dysert (ribs) is a game-time decision for Wednesday’s contest at Akron. … Buffalo quarterback Alex Zordich (ribs) is out for the season, and Jerry Davis is expected to start against Eastern Michigan.

Week 12 look ahead: A few big games coming up: MAC East Division matchup between Ohio and Temple on Tuesday night. Both teams have one loss in conference. Fresno State is at No. 4 Boise State on Friday night. No. 23 Utah is at San Diego State, while Army and Notre Dame play in the first game at Yankee Stadium.

Lunchtime Links

November, 15, 2010
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Hard to believe only a few weeks are left in the college football season. Better enjoy the games while you can!

Now on to some links:

Could a quarterback change be in the air at Utah?

Boise State lost middle linebacker Byron Hout to a broken foot.

Once again, football players are the victims of gun violence. This time, it happened at Southern Miss.

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall says his team hasn't peaked yet.

TCU coach Gary Patterson defended his team's close win against San Diego State. "No one said anything about Auburn allowing however many points they allowed," he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

San Diego State is 2-0 following a loss this season, with Utah coming to town.

Fresno State has to quickly put its loss to Nevada behind it with Boise State next up.

Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill insists he hasn't lost his team.

Houston will not make a change at quarterback after David Piland threw five interceptions in a loss to Tulsa.

FIU has inched closer to a bowl berth.

Western Michigan's offense is rolling, but its defense is wearing down.

Lunchtime Links

October, 25, 2010
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Hard to believe we are already headed into Week 9.

Byron Hout has made the move to middle linebacker worth it for Boise State.

Navy outplayed, outfought, outcoached and outworked Notre Dame.

TCU coach Gary Patterson had his relentless work ethic instilled in him at a young age.

Utah might be playing its best football of the season, just in time for the tough stretch of its schedule.

BYU is going to use its bye week to try to improve its offense.

San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman has a hip pointer, but coach Brady Hoke doesn't expect that to keep him out of action.

Tulane answered the challenge coach Bob Toledo gave them with a win over UTEP.

Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes on his team snapping a 26-game losing streak, "I feel like a million bucks."

The secret to Northern Illinois' success? Depth.
1. A Boise State linebacker intercepted quarterback Kellen Moore twice in three plays and returned them both for scores, Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Daily Statesman tweeted Wednesday. The linebacker: Byron Hout. That’s the most attention Hout has earned on a football field since he stopped LeGarrette Blount’s fist with his face. Here’s hoping his play earns him attention all year. And one word to describe Bronco wideout Austin Pettis, who kicked a 45-yard field goal at practice to get the offense out of running: gamer.

2. Charlie Strong, a rookie head coach at Louisville after 24 seasons as an assistant, hired himself as outside linebacker coach. “I asked Clint Hurtt, the defensive line coach, if he minded if I coached them,” Strong said. Hurtt, who likes his job, said he didn’t mind. “In the film session,” Strong said, “whenever an outside backer doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do, everybody (his coaching staff) says, ‘That’s your guy! That’s your guy!’ They make me aware of that.”

3. On Tuesday, I wrote that 17 of 19 U.S. Congressmen from Pennsylvania signed the letter to the White House recommending Penn State coach Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, one of the two non-signees, got back to ESPN.com with a statement calling JoePa “a Pennsylvania hero” but suggesting that Congress should focus on creating jobs “rather than politicizing football.” Yes, Kanjorski is in a tight re-election race in a district with high unemployment.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel
  1. Tommy West, let go by Clemson in 1998, returned as a head coach at Memphis in 2001. His Tigers, save the DeAngelo Williams years, never rose above mediocre. Memphis canned West Monday. How many coaches have successful second acts? David Cutcliffe of Duke and Frank Solich of Ohio, maybe. Ron Zook of Illinois? Jury’s out. Tulane’s Bob Toledo? UCF’s George O’Leary? Phil Fulmer and Tommy Tuberville should consider that as they read the coaching wanted ads.
  2. LeGarrette Blount is back at Oregon, a week later than expected. But he gets to restart his season at home instead of at Stanford. In the meantime, whatever happened to Boise State sophomore defensive end Byron Hout, whose taunt caused Blount to knock him down? He’s just fine, thank you. Hout, despite backing up junior Ryan Winterswyk, ranks third among the Broncos in both tackles for loss (5.5) and sacks (2).
  3. TCU moves up to fourth in the BCS but if the Horned Frogs and No. 5 Cincinnati win out, I bet they swap places. TCU will get a boost should it defeat No. 16 Utah on Saturday night. But the Horned Frogs finish with Wyoming (4-5) and New Mexico (0-9). The Bearcats have No. 25 West Virginia, Illinois and No. 12 Pittsburgh left. If Texas doesn’t satisfy the voters as it powers through a weakened Big 12, the Longhorns may find the Bearcats on their backside.

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


Boise State football coach Chris Petersen defended his decision not to suspend defensive end Byron Hout on the WAC media teleconference on Monday.

Hout was punched in the face after taunting Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount after Thursday’s game. Oregon suspended Blount for the remainder of the season.

"Byron is being disciplined, there's no question about that," Petersen said. "It was the wrong thing to do to say anything to anybody on the football field, but I think if everybody got suspended for saying something half the teams wouldn't have guys to play games. I think it's something that everybody has learned from -- our program and hopefully teams from the outside that we just say nothing and play ball."

WAC commissioner Karl Benson supported Petersen’s discipline though he did say Hout violated the conference’s sportsmanship code, which requires a private reprimand. Benson agreed with Petersen’s assertion that if every player were suspended for talking that there would be far fewer players on the field.

"Granted, his comments triggered the Oregon player to act like he did, but the words that the Boise State player said to the Oregon player are pretty regular occurrences I would think either before a game, during a game or after a game," Benson said. "Was it a taunt? Yes, it was a taunt. And yet if it hadn't triggered the reaction nothing would have been said."

Benson said he spoke with Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott on Friday morning, but said there was no pressure applied by the Pac-10 to take any additional action than was already taken.

Scott told the New York Times that he would have liked to have seen Hout receiver a stiffer, more public punishment.

“It takes two to tango,” Scott told the Times. “I was concerned about what I heard the Boise State coach say about how it was going to be handled. I’ll just leave it at that. I’m not going to second-guess anything that that conference decides to do.”

Benson said he understands Hout’s comments triggered Blount reaction, but stressed that the comment, which Benson didn’t reveal, wasn't as severe as many are making it out to be.

“I understand the arguments that his comments triggered the whole thing and as a result he should be held accountable,” Benson said. “I just don’t know if it’s the degree that some people are out there demanding suspension of the Boise State player.”

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott is not happy with Boise State’s methods of punishment or lack thereof.

Scott told the New York Times that he thought Byron Hout, the Boise State player who was sucker-punched by Oregon player LeGarrette Blount, should have faced a stiffer punishment for taunting.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen announced Friday that he would not suspend Hout and that he would be disciplined internally. Oregon suspended Blount for the rest of the season.

After No. 14 Boise State’s 19-8 win over No. 16 Oregon on Thursday, Hout said something to Blount and tapped him on the shoulder pads during the postgame handshake. Blount then punched Hout.

Petersen, who was standing next to Hout when he was punched, said he didn’t hear what Hout said.

“It takes two to tango,” Scott told the Times. “I was concerned about what I heard the Boise State coach say about how it was going to be handled. I’ll just leave it at that. I’m not going to second-guess anything that that conference decides to do.”

Blount and Oregon coach Chip Kelly called Petersen Saturday and apologized for the incident.

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


Boise State sophomore defensive end Byron Hout won’t be suspended for the taunting that led to him being sucker-punched by LeGarrette Blount during Thursday’s game between Boise State and Oregon.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen told the media that Hout would be disciplined internally and the two would meet later on Friday.

“We’re not good with it,” Petersen told the Idaho Statesman. “It always takes two to tangle. Those are things we preach about every day around here. We just need to keep our mouths closed … and let our play speak for itself.

“I’m sure [Blount] would give his right arm to take that whole thing back, how it looks. Byron’s mistake wasn’t as extreme as LeGarrette’s, but he was still wrong.”

During the postgame handshakes, Hout tapped Blount on his shoulder pads and said something to him. Petersen attempted to lead Hout off the field when Blount’s fist knocked Hout to the ground. Petersen said he didn’t know what Hout said.

Despite the punch, Hout was fine and Boise police do not intend to pursue criminal action against Blount.

“Why would you say anything?” Petersen said he asked Hout. “We just played a great big game on defense. It was a hard-fought, physical battle. I’d hope that we’d be above those types of things.”

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