David Ash Injury: Texas QB Shaken Up After Scramble vs. BYU
The 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns had just about as bad of a night as a team can have, and it got even worse near the end of their 40-21 loss to BYU.
Longhorns quarterback David Ash was injured while scrambling in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game, and ESPN's Max Olson reported after the loss that he was being evaluated for a head injury:
Per Texas, David Ash is being evaluated for a head injury. Left game in 4th quarter.— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 8, 2013
Ash was able to put together a decent night on the stat sheet with 251 yards on 19-of-34 passing to go along with two touchdowns and no interceptions, but Mack Brown's defense was the story of this game. They let up 550 yards on the ground to the Cougars, the most in school history according to ESPN Stats and Information.
The Longhorns offense looked poised to keep their squad in the game throughout the first half as Ash was able to answer in the air after BYU's rushing success, but the unit sputtered in the third quarter and finished with a depressing 5-of-17 success rate on third down.
After Ash's injury, senior backup Case McCoy entered the game with the Longhorns down 19 points. He had some success moving down the field, but couldn't put together a scoring drive as Texas slowly ran out of life late in the final quarter.
McCoy finished with 5-of-10 passing for 62 yards and no touchdowns. Ash separated himself from McCoy on the depth chart heading into the season after taking over the job late last year.
Posting a school-worst performance on defense and losing to an unranked foe is enough to make Longhorn fans cringe, and the last thing this squad needs is for their most important offensive player to go down.
But with the increased seriousness and awareness of head injuries in competitive football, Texas fans aren't the only ones wishing Ash a speedy recovery after his injury Saturday.
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