Robinson hit in head while being sacked

Updated: September 25, 2004, 10:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson was taken off the field in an ambulance in the first quarter of the Nittany Lions' game at Wisconsin on Saturday after suffering a concussion on a sack by Erasmus James.

On first-and-10 from his 18, Robinson spun around just in time to take a hit on the chin from the charging James, who had beaten right guard Tyler Reed around the edge.

James' teammate, Jason Jefferson hit Robinson a split-second later, and the ball was jarred loose.

The crowd at Camp Randall fell silent as medical personnel attended to Robinson for several minutes. He left the field strapped to a body board and was taken to University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, where doctors reported he was moving all his fingers and toes.

Robinson, a junior, is a multidimensional athlete who had caught a 49-yard pass from Zack Mills on the Nittany Lions' first play Saturday.

The left-handed starter threw an interception on the next snap, his 11th turnover in the last three games, sprained his right shoulder on the play and was replaced under center by Robinson, who completed 1 of 3 passes for six yards and was sacked twice.

Third-string quarterback Chris Ganter replaced Robinson.

Family crisis sends Paterno rushing home
Penn State coach Joe Paterno flew home without his team after the Nittany Lions' loss to Wisconsin on Saturday night when he learned his son-in-law had been involved in a serious bicycle accident.

Paterno was told after the game that Chris Hort, the husband of his daughter, Mary Kay, was in intensive care at Altoona General Hospital in State College, Pa., with a head injury, school spokesman Jeff Nelson said.

Paterno's wife, Sue, was at Camp Randall when she learned of the accident during the first half and immediately flew back to Pennsylvania, Nelson said.

The Lions lost to Wisconsin 16-3.

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