Taysom Hill, the star quarterback for No. 18 BYU and a Heisman Trophy hopeful, suffered a left leg fracture during the team’s 35-20 loss to Utah State on Friday night in Provo, Utah, school officials said.
Hill’s left leg was rolled under by a tackler during a second-quarter run. He limped off the field before being carted away to the locker room.
The school said further tests would be carried out later Friday.
Hill, a junior, had completed eight of 11 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown before departing. He also had run seven times for 35 yards and a score.
The Cougars trailed 28-14 at the half.
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.
Earlier this week, BYU launched the website Taysom4.com to give voters for the major collegiate awards, including the Heisman, a place to follow the Idaho native’s accomplishments on the field.