It wouldn’t be a Boise State-Oregon game without a little drama afterward.
On Saturday night, a few hours after his Ducks lost 38-28 to the Broncos in the Las Vegas Bowl, Oregon freshman wide receiver Dillon Mitchell took to Twitter, with one simple tweet: “No respect for Boise.”
It’s a shame these teams have only played three times, isn’t it?
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Mitchell had an excellent game, posting career bests of nine receptions for 143 yards, perhaps the lone star of an otherwise stinker of an offensive performance. The Ducks did not score an offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter, and didn’t cross midfield until the third quarter.
A Memphis native, Mitchell went to the same high school as Boise State’s standout wide receiver, Cedrick Wilson (who had 10 catches for 221 yards). Wilson said last week that Mitchell “is like a little brother to me.” A while after his “no respect” tweet, Mitchell retweeted a Boise State football tweet about Wilson being named first-team All-Mountain West.
So, Mitchell respects at least one Bronco.
Why would Mitchell tweet what he did? His motivation probably at least partially stemmed from an incident late in the third quarter, when Boise State linebacker Tyson Maeva punched the side of Mitchell’s helmet after a play. Mitchell then quickly swung a backhand at the first player he saw, and it wasn’t Maeva. It was cornerback Avery Williams, who was nearby but was not the instigator. No penalties were called.