Brown hospitalized after breaking left leg in New Orleans Bowl

NEW ORLEANS -- Southern Mississippi receiver DeAndre Brown fractured his lower left leg and was taken to the hospital during the first quarter of Sunday night's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against Troy.

Only minutes after his 67th reception of the season set a school record, Brown's leg gave out unnaturally as he landed in the end zone during a long incompletion. The defender on the play, Tavares Williams, put his hands on his head and then gestured for help when he turned and saw Brown holding his leg, which dangled from the shin.

Brown writhed in pain as trainers raced to his side. He was placed on a stretcher and lifted onto a cart. He then sat up, receiving applause, as the cart headed into the tunnel in the Louisiana Superdome.

Southern Miss spokesman Jack Duggan said the injury was a lower leg fracture but could not immediately provide details on the severity.

Brown, a freshman, was a prized recruit last year and quickly became the Golden Eagle's leading receiver, finishing the regular season with 66 catches for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns.