Louisville Wins Game, Loses Star RB
Monday, September 4, 2006
Michael Bush passed up a shot at the NFL to try and win a national championship at Louisville.
Instead, his season ended after three touchdowns and a little more than one half of football.
The senior running back broke his right leg early in the third quarter of the 13th-ranked Cardinals' 59-28 win over Kentucky in Louisville, Ky., last night. He will be out for the season.
Bush had already run for 124 yards in the first half when he took the pitch from quarterback Brian Brohm on Louisville's second play of the second half. His right leg was pinned awkwardly underneath him while being tackled by Kentucky's Wesley Woodyard.
The injury quickly ended what had been a giddy night for the Cardinals.
Brohm, playing his first game since suffering a devastating knee injury last November, threw for 254 yards and a touchdown.
With Brohm's arm and Bush's legs leading the way, the Cardinals scored on five of their first six possession, grabbing a 31-0 lead before the Wildcats could manage their second first down.
TCU 17, BAYLOR 7: Freshman Marcus Jackson threw two touchdown passes in the second half after replacing Texas Christian's injured starter, and the No. 22 Horned Frogs avoided being upset in Waco, Tex.
TCU stretched its winning streak to 11 games, the second-longest in Division I-A behind defending national champion Texas's 21 in a row.
Jackson replaced Jeff Ballard after halftime, and finally put the Horned Frogs ahead with an 84-yard scoring pass to tailback Aaron Brown after a Baylor turnover in the third quarter. He threw a four-yard score to Quinton Cunigan in the fourth quarter.
Ballard improved to 9-0 as TCU's starter, but never returned after completing 7 of 14 passes for 85 yards and an interception in the first half. It wasn't clear how or when Ballard got hurt, but team medical personnel were seen testing his reflexes on the sideline.
C.J. Wilson's interception and 46-yard return in the second quarter set up Baylor's only touchdown. Four plays later, Shawn Bell rolled right and hit Mikail Baker in the front corner of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
MISSISSIPPI 28, MEMPHIS 25: BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns to help Mississippi win in Oxford, Miss.