Navy fullback Hall to miss rest of season with knee injury

SPORTS DIGEST

Sports Digest

November 15, 2005|By KENT BAKER

Navy's starting fullback, Matt Hall, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury on his first carry Saturday at Notre Dame.

A magnetic resonance imaging test yesterday showed damage to both major ligaments in his left knee, meaning Hall is expected to be out for six months. A junior from Cape Coral, Fla., Hall could return for spring practice.

"It was a freak thing, kind of a glancing blow," said coach Paul Johnson. "I'm very disappointed for Matt. He was starting to play well, getting into a groove."

Hall is the team's second leading rusher with 493 yards and has scored six touchdowns. Sophomore Adam Ballard and junior Trey Hines will share duty at the position for the rest of the season and in any bowl game the Midshipmen may attend.

BCS standings -- Only once before has a team been where Southern California and Texas are in the Bowl Championship Series standings and not played for a national title. The Trojans and Longhorns held the top two spots yesterday, and are both unbeaten with three weeks left in the regular season. With two more victories each, they'll lock up spots in the Rose Bowl for a matchup that has appeared inevitable. USC is in first with a BCS average of .9829 and Texas is second at .9771. Miami is in third place with one loss, needing a misstep by the top two to play for a national title. BCS history says USC vs. Texas on Jan. 4 is all but a sure thing. In the seven previous years the BCS has determined college football's champ, 12 undefeated teams have held one of the top two spots with three weeks to go. Only one of those teams - UCLA in 1998 - didn't play in the BCS title game.

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