Love, nation's leading WR, carted off field after hit

Updated: September 21, 2008, 12:04 AM ET
Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Ball State receiver Dante Love was strapped to a backboard, carted off the field and then taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis during Saturday night's game at Indiana.

School officials issued a statement saying Love felt numbness and tingling on the field and was initially taken to Bloomington Hospital before being transferred to Indianapolis for further evaluation.

A hospital administrator said after the game that Love was still being evaluated in the emergency room and coach Brady Hoke abruptly cut off questions so he could get to the hospital.

Ball State won 42-20, marking the program's first win ever against a BCS school. The Cardinals had lost all 42 previous contests against BCS schools.

Love was hurt with 10:45 left in the first half after catching a 2-yard pass. When Love turned upfield, he was hit by Hoosiers cornerback Chris Adkins. Love fumbled the ball and Nick Polk scooped it up and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown.

Love, a senior, stayed on the ground for several minutes before being rolled onto a backboard. Doctors also removed his face mask. The Cardinals team took a knee on the visiting side of the field while doctors tended to Love, and many of his teammates came over to see him as doctors lifted Love onto the cart.

He entered the game as the nation's leader in yards receiving per game (144.3).


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