Penn State star linebacker Posluszny injures knee

Updated: January 4, 2006, 12:20 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Penn State star linebacker Paul Posluszny left the game on a cart after appearing to injure his right leg late in the fourth quarter of the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night.

Posluszny's knee crashed into a Florida State blocker, causing him to flip and hit the ground around midfield. He grabbed his right knee before being taken into the locker room.

Leading rusher Tony Hunt injured his left ankle in the first quarter and was sitting on the bench in the second half with no helment and his left ankle taped up. He had a 3-yard catch on Penn State's first possession.

Hunt was replaced by backup Austin Scott, who scored Penn State's first touchdown on a 2-yard run to give the Nittany Lions a 7-0 lead after one quarter. Hunt, a junior, has run for 1,047 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Starting fullback BranDon Snow also limped off the field in the third quarter after a 1-yard carry and appeared to also be favoring his left ankle.

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