George O’Leary gives us the low down on the post-game hijinks at the Liberty Bowl:
UCF coach George O’Leary said a Georgia football player shoved a Knight, sparking a brief altercation seconds after the Liberty Bowl ended.
A clip of ESPN coverage of the game posted on YouTube showed UCF sophomore defensive end Troy Davis punching Georgia sophomore running back Washaun Ealey seconds after the No. 25 Knights (11-3) beat Georgia (6-7) 10-6 in the bowl game Dec. 31. Davis was pushed back into the camera frame as his teammates were running toward midfield to celebrate the win, indicating someone may have shoved the Knight backward before he raised his arm and connected with Ealey’s helmet.
“I checked with my coaches on that,” O’Leary said. “Exactly what happened was this: The game ended. We were coming on the field and most of the Georgia kids ran off the field. No. 3 [Ealey], who basically had a tough game and was very mouthy during the game, came running toward Troy and shoved him in the head. And that’s why you see the film of him going backward.
“Now Troy made the mistake punching him back, hitting him. It’s always the second one in that gets caught.”
O’Leary said UCF assistant coaches Brent Key and Jim Panagos stepped in to quickly end the scuffle.
“Pretty much our coaches were right there,” O’Leary said. “Coach Key and Coach Panagos. And they got between it. Holding that kid [Ealey] back, who still wanted to start trouble.”
There’s your finishing touch on a stellar season, Dawg fans.