A student assistant with Texas A&M was disciplined after shoving two West Virginia players who ran into the sideline during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl game Monday.
The Aggies' Michael Richardson was told by head coach Kevin Sumlin to head to the locker room after he was caught on tape slugging the two Mountaineers athletes.
He struck cornerback Daryl Worley with his elbow on one play, after Worley spun out of bounds during a tackle. Then on a later incident, Richardson whacked running back Andrew Buie in the back of his head.
After halftime, Richardson was not allowed to return to the field.
The former Texas A&M linebacker had a career-ending neck injury in a 2012 win over Sam Houston State. After surgery, he joined the Aggies as an assistant coach. In high school he was an offense-defense All-American and once ranked as the No. 21 defensive end in the country.
Texas A&M pulls ahead
The incidents came during the first half, when the Aggies began to firmly put their imprint on their pivotal bowl game.
After going down 17-7 early in the first quarter, and then 20-14 by the second, Texas A&M started to drive down the field. Kyle Allen converted on an 11-yard touchdown pass and after a West Virginia field goal, drove down with less than a minute to score on a 14-yard touchdown run.
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The third quarter continued the Texas A&M run, after West Virginia's offense stalled and only scored a field goal in that time period.
Mountaineers quarterback Skyler Howard threw a four-yard touchdown to tight end Elijah Wellman to put his team within eight points. But with only a little more than two minutes left, the Aggies were able to run down the clock to hold strong for the 45-37 victory.
It was a rough and tumble game the day before New Year's Eve. Both teams struggled with penalties throughout the matchup. Texas A&M racked up more than 500 yards of total offense, yet also had more than 100 yards in penalties.
West Virginia also had seven penalties for 45 yards, compared to 433 total yards mostly gained through the air.
Multiple media members and television viewers saw Richardson's sideline antics, resulting in school officials releasing a statement that he would be held out for the second half.
There was no early word of further punishment for the assistant coach, though any longterm suspension would have to occur next year, since the win marked Texas A&M's final game of the year.