Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros out

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati starting quarterback Zach Collaros was taken off the field on a cart with a right leg injury in the second quarter against West Virginia, a potentially devastating blow for the Bearcats.

He was on the sideline for the second half in street clothes, on crutches.

Collaros was hurt after he was tackled and his leg bent back awkwardly. He fumbled on the play, and West Virginia defensive tackle Julian Miller recovered in the end zone to put the Mountaineers up 17-7.

His backup, Munchie Legaux, only has limited game experience this season. Collaros is the heart of not only the offense, but his team, and is an exceptional leader whom his teammates have rallied around this season. He went into the game needing 34 completions to become the second quarterback in school history with 5,000 yards passing, 500 completions and 50 touchdowns.