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LSU coach suspends lineman for late hit, says it was ‘done by mistake’

LSU’s Josh Boutte hits Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon after Dixon intercepted a pass during in the Badgers’ 16-14 victory.
LSU’s Josh Boutte hits Wisconsin’s D’Cota Dixon after Dixon intercepted a pass during in the Badgers’ 16-14 victory. The Associated Press

LSU coach Les Miles on Monday announced that offensive lineman Josh Boutte has been suspended one game for the late hit in Saturday’s game against Wisconsin.

The Badgers beat LSU 16-14 and clinched the victory when D’Cota Dixon intercepted a pass late in the game. Dixon went down to the ground, so the play was dead. After he got up and ran toward the middle of field, Boutte leveled him and was ejected from the game.

In a statement released from LSU athletics, Miles said: “Josh made a mistake and will serve a one game suspension because of it. Even though this was done by mistake, a play like this does not belong in the game of football and therefore action must be taken.

“This play does not define Josh as a person and is not indicative of the type of player he is. We sincerely apologize for his mistake.”

Miles said that Boutte called Dixon on Monday morning and apologized.

Here is the play in question that was “done by accident.”

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