It’s been over 8 years since the Oregon Ducks and Boise State Broncos faced each other on the field.
But 8 years ago, one of the infamous moments in college football took place.
Andrew Greif of The Oregonian highlighted the lasting impact of LeGarrette Blount’s punch after all this time.
“We talked about it,” said Boise coach Bryan Harsin, who was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator in both previous games. “We didn’t go into the whole story behind it. They all know, it’s not something they haven’t seen, but be aware it’s going to be addressed.
“That’s long gone, this is a completely different group of guys and team but it is part of the history between the two teams so I’m sure there’s mentions of it from both sides.”
Oregon’s dynamic offense in Chip Kelly’s first season at the helm of the Ducks was stymied in a 19-8 loss 8 years ago. Yet, few remember the actual details of the game. The Punch is that night’s lasting legacy.
“I remember seeing the punch and being like dang, I can’t believe that happened,” said Oregon defensive lineman Jalen Jelks, a middle schooler when the game took place.
Replays of the incident will undoubtedly be shown during the Las Vegas Bowl telecast.
The two players involved — Blount and Boise State’s Byron Hout — have gone on their separate paths. Blount has had his outbursts in the NFL, but is a two-time Super Bowl champion and led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns with the New England Patriots last year. He now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, another Super Bowl contender.
As for Hout, he’s the defensive line coach at Montana State.
But will 2009’s ill-will carry over into 2017’s season finale?
“We don’t really like to talk about the past,” Oregon defensive end Henry Mondeaux said, “but we haven’t beaten them so we’re trying.”
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