MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — A heated exchange between Mark Richt and officials earned the Miami coach an unsportsmanlike conduct flag and led to a Wisconsin touchdown late in the first half of Saturday night’s Capital One Orange Bowl.
Richt was livid after he thought Wisconsin linemen continually got away with holding his defensive linemen, and the ire erupted into a physical confrontation as the Badgers drove for a late score.
Richt jawed with officials along the sideline, then grabbed the arm of the head linesman, which drew the flag. Several members of the Miami support staff attempted to corral Richt, but he pushed them away as well.
The flag set Wisconsin up with a first-and-goal at the Miami 5, and the Badgers scored one play later to go up 24-14 in a game they once trailed 14-3. Miami’s second-quarter production included just eight total offensive plays.
The lack of holding calls has been a near constant complaint by Richt this season, and Miami opponents have been flagged for just six offensive holding penalties this season.
Coming off the field at the half, ESPN asked Richt what was said to officials. His curt response included a simple “watch the tape” before he exited the field.