Houston LB Matthew Adams benched for injuring Tyus Bowser in fight


The Houston Cougars dominated the UConn Huskies 42-14 Thursday night, but they did so without two big members of their defense. Linebackers Tyus Bowser and Matthew Adams didn’t play in the game due to a strange situation that led to the former breaking a bone and the latter getting benched.

Head coach Tom Herman spoke with reporters after the game and talked about how Adams and Bowser got into a scuffle at the team’s “Family Fridays,” which happened on Wednesday due to the game being last night, after things got a little too competitive. Bowser broke a bone somewhere, which will keep him out a few weeks, and Adams was benched for the game against the Huskies.

“Yesterday, during our weekly tradition of family Fridays, where we go out on the field and play some silly games just to loosen the thing up, dodge ball, whiffle ball, two-hand touch football, the two got over competitive and things briefly got out of hand during one of the games and resulted in a scuffle between Tyus and Matt, two brothers,” Herman told reporters after the game.

“It was a freak accident and the result of the scuffle was a broken bone for Tyus. It will keep him out of the lineup for a few weeks. Our culture is one of love and the two are very close, remain very close, and definitely consider (each other) brothers.”

It may have been a case of the two just getting too riled up, but you certainly don’t want fights becoming a regular thing, especially if it is going to keep two of your best defensive players out of a game.

On the year, Bowser has 18 tackles and 3.5 sacks while Adams, one of the team’s hardest hitters, has 24 tackles and a sack.

The Cougars, now 5-0, next meet up with Navy in another big AAC match-up on Saturday, Oct. 8.

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