Saturday, October 4, 2014

BYU's Taysom Hill out for year after breaking leg against Utah (VIDEO)

Taysom Hill, the star quarterback for No. 18 BYU and a Heisman Trophy hopeful, will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left leg Friday night.

Hill suffered the disastrous break during BYU's 35-20 loss to Utah State in Provo, Utah. He is scheduled for surgery Saturday and will be out three to four months.

The respective BYU losses also take away any chance for their national playoff dreams.

Hill was scrambling right in the second quarter when Utah State safety Brian Suite pulled him down, landing awkwardly on Hill's lower left leg. He limped off the field before being carted away to the locker room.

"It was really difficult to watch Taysom go down," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Our execution will now have to be better from top to bottom because of Taysom's ability to create. There just isn't another Taysom Hill out there anywhere."

Hill, a junior, had completed eight of 11 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown before limping off the field. He also had run seven times for 35 yards and a score.

Backup quarterback Christian Stewart threw three interceptions.

Hill is one of the top running quarterbacks in the country. He entered Friday tied for first in the country among QBs with seven rushing TDs, and his 107.0 yards on the ground per game ranked third.

The team captain had averaged 219 passing yards per game with a 66 percent completion rate through the Cougars' four-game winning streak to start the season.

Senior transfer Stewart will be the Cougars' starter from this point on, Mendenhall said, as they have only two other quarterbacks on the roster, both of whom are freshmen.

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