Stanford WR Ty Montgomery out with knee injury (GIF)

January 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Ty Montgomery (7) runs the ball against the defense of Michigan State Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes (15) during the first half at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Ty Montgomery is likely done for the duration of the Rose Bowl, per ESPN’s Joe Schad.

Montgomery’s injury occurred after coming down awkwardly on the knee after a Michigan State tackle.

Check out a GIF of the play below, where you can see his knee bangs down hard on the turf and seems to twist in an unnatural manner:

Montgomery injury

Montgomery — a junior out of Dallas, Texas — led the Cardinal with 58 receptions, 937 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2013 and added a further 13 carries, 159 yards and 2 TDs on the ground.

Arguably the Cardinal’s biggest playmaker — certainly one-of with RB Tyler Gaffney — losing the star wideout will be a big blow in Stanford’s comeback bid against Michigan State.  Only down by a touchdown midway through the 4th quarter feels like a deeper abyss against a stout Spartans’ defense.

Montgomery returned 32 kicks for 997 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford this season including a long of 100 yards to add to his impressive resume.

He caught 3 passes for 21 yards and returned 4 kicks for 94 yards before being forced to exit with the injury.

Michigan State leads the overall offensive yardage battle with the Cardinal by a 404-296 clip late in the game.  Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan has been held to 143 yards on 10-of-18 passing with an interception.

[H/T] ZombieProphet

Topics: GIF, Michigan State Spartans, Rose Bowl, Stanford Cardinal, Ty Montgomery

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