The big cats went at it in the Miami Beach Bowl as the Memphis Tigers beat the BYU Cougars, 55-48, in double overtime. But the claws and fangs came out after the game as a huge melee broke out between players from both teams.

For being a church school, BYU has had its fair share of fisticuffs over the years, as longtime UTEP fans might remember. But testosterone will be testosterone, and it should be noted commentators had a Tigers player throwing the first punch.

As brawls go, this one went ugly early. Memphis freshman OL Chase Johnson (No. 68) was shown with his helmet off swinging it at any Cougar in his path.

Not to be outdone, BYU sophomore DB Kai Nacua (No. 12) sucker punched Tigers junior TE Alan Cross (No. 40) as Cross was being talked to by one of his coaches.

The fallout is sure to keep the Miami Bowl in the sports discussion far beyond the normal shelf life of a startup bowl.