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Published: Monday, Sept. 27 2010 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

This injury is even more sad considering that happened on such a dirty play. I don't know how the refs missed it. I hope the other player finds a way to apologize to Romney. Putting your helmet into somebody's knee is despicable, especially outside of the tackle box and coming from behind.

I hope he makes a good recovery and is able to come back next year.

Salt Lake City, UT

Best of wishes to you Fuga! That was a dirty hit, and it is hard to see injuries happen like that. Heal well, heal fast, we are pulling for you!

Cedar Hills, UT

No, he did not "injured his knee", it was a cheap shot that "injured it" for him.

Provo, UT

Is this the guy who was injured by that cheap chop-block?

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

Fuga was was clearly fouled by an illegal 'dirty' block below the waist. How many eyeballs do we need from the zebras? There are six or seven officials and the play was out in the open field. How can someone miss something like that? That Nevada player should have been flagged and ejected from the game. It was intential. Shame on him and the clueless officials.

Orem, UT

The Nevada player should also lose his season for the cheap shot that hurt Fuga! This type of play should be dealt with harshly! NO excuse. None.

Common Cents
Lehi, UT

Feel terrible for Fuga. Great kid. Tough when you get hurt from a no call lime that. Lost key player for season, no 15 yd penalty on 3rd down, and it resulted in a score for UNR.

Midland, MI

I saw the illegal block during the play. It was low and from behind - inexcusable. There should be zero tolerance for these types of blocks. A rule that hit a player with an automatic 3-game suspension for this type of block, with a full season suspension if deemed egregious, would end this type of behavior. It would make offensive lineman and backs think twice before making a desparate play such as the one saturday.

Even if a penalty is not called on the field, these suspensions should be available based on replay or film review. It is not right that a player work as hard as these players do, and lose a season of play and have an injury that will follow them potentially for life, not because of misfortune or accident in a contact sport, but because of blatently poor sportsmanship, carelessness or even malice. Don't get me wrong, I don't know if the Nevada player meant to injure Fuga or make an illegal block. But I guarantee that block would be much less likely if a stiff penalty awaited the offender.

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

I feel bad about the injury. Injuries are always bad. However, I have to agree with the t.v. commentators from the Mountain who watched this play over and over in slow motion. It was not a dirty block or illegal. Maybe more strength training would help prevent these types of accidents and injuries.

Boise, ID

He will be missed. Best wishes on a speedy and full recovery. Can't wait to have him back next season.

Fresno, CA

Good luck to you, Fuga. I hope you heal quickly and well. The Cougar Nation is cheering for you.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hey Otis... you 'agree' with the tv commentators. You are not talking about the Mountain halftime show I guess. There was a pretty heated discussion. One dude was livid and thought it was as dirty as it gets. The other guy sort of agreed, but said he did not think it was intentional. So you must have been watching something else.

Las Vegas, NV

Such a dirty play that led to this injury... infuriating!

Chandler, AZ

This was as bad a hit or cheap shot as they come. In football, one of the cheapest things you can do is hit a player in the back of their knee. There are several rules about blocking at the knee level. The player who did this was also flagged for a personal foul later in the game for tripping, again, a potentially dangerous type of "block".

But what is equally frustrating to me is that nobody on the BYU team took it upon themselves to take care of the situation. It is like in baseball when a pitcher throws at a batter, the opposing pitcher, if he has any fire to him, takes the mound in the next inning and throws at the first batter that comes up. This is part of the problem with this BYU team. A lack of fire! Once they saw that the refs weren't going to flag this guy for the obviously dirty hit, then somebody should have taken care of it on the field, between the lines, by drilling that lineman.

C'mon Cougs. Man up and fight! You cannot just walk away and let things like that happen!

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

That play angered my greatly. Not only should there have been a personal foul 15-yard penalty, I think the player should have been kicked out of the game. It was an obvious no-no, and he got away with knocking a player out for the whole season.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

I just went and watched the play on youtube since I had only seen the replays they showed at the stadium. The guy throws himself from behind right into Fuga's legs. He ends up rolling up the side of Fuga's leg and obviously shredding Fuga's knee.

If thats not dirty than I don't know what is. Eye gouging and biting are about the only things I can think of that are worse than that.

I've never seen an entire sideline react like they did to that play. It seemed like every BYU player and coach saw it, but all the refs somehow missed it. It seemed like all the coaches came running out onto the field screaming at the refs before the play was even over.

Randolph, UT

Hey factcheck i agree with you what the heck channel was Otis watching, must not of been the Mtn.
What a cheap shot wake up Otis

Iowa City, IA

What makes it worse is that it was a cheap shot in the wide open field that the blind refs wouldn't call even though they saw it 6with 60,000 other fans.

Cedar City, UT

The hit on Fuga still makes my blood boil, and I'm a die-hard Ute fan. I was at the game and the play happened right in front of me. It was such an obvious cheapshot, I could see it plain as day from the 4th row. Hope this type of play isn't what the UNR program is all about. Eat your heart out Louks lol. Go Utes, and until November, Go Cougs

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South Jordan, Utah

If there is an attorney out there who is a BYU fan he needs to talk with Fuga and sue the guy and his coaches for personal damages. I am not one for suing but in this case the coaches saw the replay and new it was cheep, he should have been pulled right then. Hans Olsen said that type of blocking is taught. We as fans cannot go do a Tanya Harding on this player but it could set a precedence in the game of football that if you cheep shot someone your gone just like any other sport.

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