Cards Win But Lose Conner To Injury
10/22/2011 09:11 AM
It was a bittersweet night for Louisville football on Friday. The Cards picked up a big win on the field, holding on for a 16-14 win over previous Big East leader Rutgers.
But the Cards also suffered a huge blow when senior cornerback Anthony Conner sustained a broken neck while making a tackle on Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu in the second quarter. Strong said the injury was likely career-ending.
“Our doctors are still evaluating Anthony Conner’s medical condition this morning (Saturday) and he is still undergoing additional tests,” Strong said in a statement released by the school on Saturday. “Our medical staff is updating me as they get new information on Anthony’s condition. As we said yesterday, there is no paralysis and Anthony has feeling throughout his extremities. We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers for Anthony and his family during this difficult time. I would also like to thank the Rutgers football team and head coach Greg Schiano for their display of class and compassion for Anthony during the game last night. The Rutgers football family went through something very similar almost a year ago and they know the severity of the situation.”
U of L won the game thanks to three interceptions on defense and a season-high 187 rushing yards offensively. Running back Jeremy Wright picked up 108 yards on 11 carries, becoming the Cards’ first 100-yard rusher of the season.
The win moves Louisville to 3-4 and 1-1 in Big East play. They host Syracuse (5-2, 1-1) who blew out No. 11 West Virginia 49-23 on Friday.
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