Florida State senior tight end Caz Piurowski will miss the rest of the season with torn medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, the school announced after the results of an MRI on Monday.
The injury occurred in the first quarter of Saturday's 49-44 loss to Georgia Tech, and Piurowski will need surgery within the next two weeks, according to director of sports medicine Randy Oravetz. Piurowski was injured while blocking on Jermaine Thomas' 3-yard touchdown run at the end of the Seminoles' game-opening drive.
It's a devastating loss for a 2-4 FSU team that has tied for the worst start ever under coach Bobby Bowden since he took over the program in 1976. FSU is 0-3 in the ACC and joins Maryland as the only other team in the conference with four losses.
Piurowski was in the midst of one of the best seasons by an FSU tight end. With 13 receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns, Piurowski had already established single-season career highs for receptions, yards and touchdowns. His 53-yard reception against Jacksonville State was the longest of the season by an FSU receiver and the longest by a Seminole tight end since Lonnie Johnson in 1993.
"He's played every game since he's been here and is one of our only seniors on offense," Bowden said in a statement. "He was a very important part of our blocking scheme. He's a very skillful, solid receiver at tight end. We will miss him."
Piurowski played in 39 games and made 24 starts, including each of the last 16 games. Entering the Georgia Tech game he had caught at least one pass in six consecutive games, dating to the Champs Sports Bowl, when he collected his first career touchdown reception.
Piurowski is a second-generation Seminole, as his father, Paul Piurowski, played linebacker for Bowden. Piurowski finishes his career with 33 receptions for 377 yards and three touchdowns.
Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com.