Mathews Suffers Concussion in Nevada Game

November 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The Bulldogs saw the course of Saturday's game at Nevada, and possibly the course of their entire season, change in one second quarter play when All-America candidate Ryan Mathews was knocked out of the game.With the bulldogs trailing 17-14, Mathews came out of the back field for a dump off, then reeled off positive yardage, until he was drilled by Nevada safety Jonathan Amaya.

Mathews laid face-down on the field for a handful of minutes.

Just before the hit Mathews lowered his head and suffered a concussion. He would get up and walk off the field with help from the Bulldog training staff, but he did not return to the game.

He was sorely missed. The Bulldogs would not score again in the game.

Nevada scored 28 second half points to win it 52-14. The win snaps the Bulldogs five-game winning streak. They are now 6-4 overall and 5-2 in WAC play.

As for Ryan Mathews, a team spokesman told Action News he got his bell rung pretty good, but is on the team bus for the trip back to Fresno Saturday night.

The severity of the concussion and Mathews' status for Saturday's home game against Louisiana Tech won't be known for at least 48 hours.

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