It took the full 60 minutes to put the UCLA Bruins away, but the No. 11 Oregon Ducks improved to 3-0 on the season with a 38-35 win in Autzen Stadium on Saturday.
Not only did the defense allowed 35 points and 267 total rushing yards to the Bruins, but freshman linebacker Noah Sewell was carted off the field in the third quarter with an apparent right leg injury.
Later Sewell was seen in a boot and crutches on the sidelines cheering his team on for the remainder of the game.
After the game, head coach Mario Cristobal gave an update too Sewell.
“We got to run some more tests on him. I feel like it’s got a chance where he’s going to be okay. That’s all I comment on right now until we run some further things. Again, I want to stay along the policy we don’t disclose all the stuff, but hopeful things aren’t as bas as they originally seemed.”
The 6’3”, 250-pound linebacker earned the starting inside linebacker spot alongside junior Isaac Slade-Matautia this season and has been nothing short of impressive so far in his collegiate career.
Unfortunately, Sewell isn't the only linebacker with injury. Other five-star freshman linebacker Justin Flowe has a tear in his meniscus and the Ducks announced he would miss the remainder of the season last Tuesday.
Slade-Matautia and senior Dru Mathis will likely now carry most of the load at the linebacker position moving forward.
Next up, the Ducks (3-0) will head north for the rivalry game at Oregon State (1–2), kickoff at 4 PM (PT) on Friday, November 27.