NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral injured his right leg as he was sacked by Cole Maxwell of Baylor during the first quarter of the Sugar Bowl on Saturday night.
After being helped off the pitch by two coaches, Corral took a few steps on his own as he entered an injury tent behind the bench. Soon after, however, he was rushed to the locker room for x-rays and then sidelined on crutches.
Corral, a top-tier NFL draft pick slated for next spring, has been one of college football’s most exciting players in 2021, passing for 3,339 yards and 20 touchdowns to go with 597 yards and 11 touchdowns to go. ground.
He never wavered in his decision to play in the Sugar Bowl against Baylor, although many college players in similar situations have chosen not to participate in bowl games to minimize their risk of injury as they prepare. to become pro.
Corral had no hesitation in making contact during three offensive rounds he led, taking off and running multiple times, highlighted by his 15-yard gain in which he lowered his shoulder and advanced for extra yards thanks to several tacklers from Baylor.
But a few plays later, his legs awkwardly folded under him as he was sacked from behind by Maxwell in the middle of a group of players.
Corral was replaced by freshman Luke Altmeyer on Ole Miss’s next possession. That streak ended with a downed pass that was intercepted by Al Walcott and returned 96 yards for the game’s opener.
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