Boise State could not afford to slip in their final game against a team from a BCS AQ conference on Saturday, and left the Smurf Turf victorious after the 37-24 victory over Oregon State. But one of the Broncos did slip, and it is going to cost him the rest of the season.
Running back D.J. Harper has stepped up as a significant big play threat for Boise State's offense, returning to the field after missing last season with a torn ACL. Trying to make a cut against the Beavers, Harper injured his knee. He ended up returning to the game, but tests revealed a re-injured left knee, and bad news for the redshirt junior.
Boise State junior tailback D.J. Harper has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight season, Boise State announced Tuesday. He is out for the rest of the season.Harper kicked off the 2010 season with a bang, breaking a 71-yard touchdown run in the season opener against Virginia Tech. The run revived a Broncos team that looked to be stalling after giving up a 17-0 lead. Harper has also been a receiving threat out of the backfield, catching a pair of Kellen Moore passes in the first two games of the season before getting hurt against Oregon State.
Harper also was injured in the third game of the 2009 season. He redshirted.
Having lost two seasons to injury, it's possible Harper could ask the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility after he completes his senior year in 2011.
Junior Doug Martin has been the leading rusher for the Broncos, and Harper's role will likely be filled by senior Jeremy Avery. Avery only has 18 attempts thus far on the season, but was a 1,000 yard rusher a year ago.
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