Eastern Michigan University quarterback Mike Glass III accidentally socked a referee — sending him crashing to the floor — before being thrown out of the football game.
EMU and Univ. of Pittsburgh were playing in the Quick Lane Bowl Thursday night in Detroit when a scuffle broke out late in the 4th quarter. Glass smacked Pitt LB Cam Bright in the face mask … before unloading a strike intended for another Pitt player that hit a ref in the face.
The referee immediately went down … while the other officials attempted to restore order.
Glass — who was 28-50 for 311 yards and 2 TDs and an interception — was hit with 2 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and ejected from the game.
Glass’ Michigan squad lost the game to Pittsburgh, 34-30 … ending their season.
After the game, EMU head coach Chris Creighton told reporters Glass was “in tears in the locker room” … devastated by what unfolded on the field.
“I love him 100 percent. And thank God he is highly competitive, but absolutely zero excuse for what happened, and [Mike] knows it,” the coach said.
Glass, EMU’s senior captain, took to Twitter to apologize for his actions … saying, “I let God and my family down!”
As for the official — who appears to be okay — the incident sparked a heated internet discussion … did the ref flop or was he KO’d??