Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire and linebacker Dimitri Moore have denied accusations that Moore spit on an Ole Miss player and used a racial slur during a scrum in Wednesday’s Texas Bowl. The sequence, which occurred after an Ole Miss fumble early in the fourth quarter of the 42-25 Red Raiders victory, resulted in an unsportsmanlike penalty on Rebels running back Jordan Wilkins.

“We are disappointed an opposing head coach decided to insinuate serious allegations that are false and irresponsible,” McGuire said in a statement Thursday. “I have discussed these allegations with Dimitri Moore, and he disputed the two claims that were brought forth against him.”

Rebels coach Lane Kiffin was adamant in his postgame press conference that Moore should have been penalized instead of Wilkins. “They announce our 11, which is Jordan Watkins, who wasn’t in the fight,” said Kiffin. “It was their 11 [Moore] that was fighting 71 [Ole Miss lineman Jayden Williams], and everybody knew because their own coaches were yelling at the guy.”