Oregon Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount burst onto the national scene in September for all the wrong reasons. Following a tough loss to the Boise State Broncos to open the season, Blount sucker-punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout after Hout appeared to grab Blount. The punch was broadcast live to a nationally televised ESPN audience and quickly spread online.
Blount was soon suspended for the season, but was later reinstated in November. Pac-10 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott said "Blount paid a significant and appropriate price for the mistakes he made on the field, and that he has learned important life-long lessons."
Still, even after returning to the team, Blount remained on the bench. Last night, however, he returned in dramatic fashion, as the Ducks were battling in-state rival Oregon State in the Civil War game. The stakes could hardly have been higher -- the winner was guaranteed placement in the Rose Bowl. Trailing nine points to the Beavers in the third quarter, Blount ran the ball 12 yards for a touchdown to make it a two-point game. The Ducks went on to beat Oregon State, 37-33.