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Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson carted off the field against Eastern Michigan

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University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson was removed from Kroger Field on a cart after injuring his left knee during Saturday's 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan.
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University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson was removed from Kroger Field on a cart after injuring his left knee during Saturday's 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan.

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University of Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson was carted off the field following a horse-collar tackle during the third quarter of UK’s game against Eastern Michigan at Kroger Field on Saturday night.

Wilson was grabbed from behind by an EMU defender on a 19-yard run. EMU was flagged for the horse-collar penalty, but it was offset by an illegal formation penalty on UK that negated a first down.

A brace was seen on Wilson’s left knee as he left the field on a cart, waving his arm at the crowd and his teammates.

UK led 24-10 at the time Wilson was carted off. There was 1:19 remaining in the third quarter.

Lexington Herald-Leader sports columnist John Clay and beat writer Josh Moore share their impressions from Kentucky football's 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan on September 7, 2019, at Kroger Field.

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops confirmed the injury was to Wilson’s left knee and said “we’ll take a look at it tomorrow with an MRI.”

Stoops did not want to guess at the severity of the injury but said, “It didn’t look good. Anyone gets carted off the field with a thing on his leg like that, it doesn’t look good.”

Asked about the hit to Wilson that led to the injury, Stoops said that kind of play can happen to any team.

“They run a good program and Terry is hard to get a hold of,” Stoop said. “I’m sure he just reached out and grabbed anything he could. It’s very unfortunate that it’s part of our game, but that’s why (the horse collar rule is) in there. You got a runner running full speed like that and gets jerked back and the knee can’t handle that.”

Josh Moore is in his first year covering the University of Kentucky football team and in his fifth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore, a Martin County native, graduated from UK with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and English in 2013. He’s a huge fan of the NBA, Power Rangers and country music.
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