"I love playing early in the season in games like this. It sets the tone for the rest of the season. It's a taste of what a big bowl game can be like with this type of atmosphere," Boise State Byron Hout told the Idaho Statesmen. "If you can do the right thing you can find yourself in another event like this at the end of the season."
Hout appeared to say something to Blount before being hit and Blount, who was led to the locker room by security personnel, apologized immediately after the game.