Huston suspended for punching fan after Missouri game

Updated: October 15, 2003, 12:05 AM ET

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska placekick holder Kelly Huston was suspended one game for punching a Missouri fan following a loss.

Earlier Tuesday, a fan claimed he was the person assaulted by Huston as people stormed the field after last Saturday night's game in Columbia, Mo.

Coach Frank Solich said in a statement that he decided to discipline Huston for this weekend's game against Texas A&M after reviewing a videotape and interviewing people who were at the scene.

"I truly believe that Kellen did not instigate the situation and that he was simply reacting to what he saw as a dangerous situation coming right at him," Solich said. "However, Kellen knows that we do not condone our players striking another person, and he will be suspended for this week's game."

Athletic director Steve Pederson supported Solich's decision.

"I would never claim that hitting someone is appropriate," Pederson said, "but I was not standing in Kellen Huston's shoes on Saturday night. However, I was at the edge of the field, and I have never personally witnessed such an out-of-control situation."

Matthew Scott, 21, reported to University of Missouri-Columbia police that he was punched by Huston. Police Chief Jack Watring said the case is being handled as a misdemeanor assault because Scott didn't have any broken bones or serious injuries.

"My actions should not be a reflection on Coach Solich, the University of Nebraska or this football team," Huston said Tuesday. "I would never intentionally bring harm to another individual."

Video shows Huston hitting someone in the face with a clenched fist soon after he ran at Huston while pointing a finger at him. Huston was confronted as he was unbuttoning his chin strap and walking off the field, Solich said.

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