The biggest news coming out after UCLA's dramatic fourth-quarter win over Texas in Dallas thanks to Jerry Neuheisel's picture-perfect TD pass to Jordan Payton was that starting QB Brett Hundley is expected to return by the end of the week, having suffered only a hyper-extension of his non-throwing elbow.
But there's something else breaking that has huge ramifications for the UCLA football team - Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly has left their game against Colorado with an apparent foot injury, and so far, it's not looking good for the Sun Devils:
ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly has returned to the locker room with a right foot injury. (Anyone see the injury?)— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) September 14, 2014
ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly coming back to the sideline. He's on crutches.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) September 14, 2014
ASU QB Taylor Kelly returning to the field on crutches with right foot in a boot.— Tyler Lockman (@TylerLockman) September 14, 2014
We'll need to learn more about the Taylor Kelly injury, but obviously a huge blow if its as serious as it looks.— Tyler Lockman (@TylerLockman) September 14, 2014
Obviously, this is potentially huge news, not just for UCLA's matchup against the Sun Devils in the Pac-12 conference opener in Tempe, but without their star QB, this dramatically alters the Sun Devils' season and, potentially, the race for the Pac-12 division crown:
Obviously, we don't know the severity of the injuries. But losing Taylor Kelly and Laiu Moeakiola for a long stretch alters ASU's season.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) September 14, 2014
On radio, @doug987FM reports Taylor Kelly near tears, getting hugs from teammates. This appears very bad.— Tyler Lockman (@TylerLockman) September 14, 2014
Yikes. We don't wish injury on anyone, and this is devestating news for Sun Devils fans, and especially for Taylor Kelly - a tough kid who has played hard against us every chance he had. But with that said, it creates a huge opening and advantage for Jim Mora's Bruins.
Can't drop the ball on this one. Things just got much better looking for the next game, as unfortunate as it is for Kelly.