Mississippi State's McRae breaks leg in second quarter vs. Ole Miss

Updated: November 28, 2008, 3:00 PM ET
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi State wide receiver Brandon McRae was taken off the field on a stretcher after breaking his leg against Mississippi on Friday in the second quarter of the Egg Bowl.

McRae's right leg snapped as he was running a pass pattern with about 6 minutes left in the first half. Trainers said he had a compound fracture of the tibia. They immobilized his right leg with an inflatable cast and took him from the field on a stretcher. The game was delayed for about 5 minutes.

McCrae, the team's leading receiver, was being taken to Columbus, Miss., about 2 hours away from Oxford, and was expected to undergo surgery by the time the game was over.

The junior receiver was the third Mississippi State player knocked from a game that Ole Miss led 31-0 at halftime. Quarterback Tyson Lee injured his shoulder and received a cut to the face on two hard hits and safety Derek Pegues bruised his knee. Neither had been ruled out of returning to the game.

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