Dillon Johnson suffers injury late in Sugar Bowl win vs. Texas
Dillon Johnson was trying to help Washington run out the clock on a Sugar Bowl win late in the fourth quarter against Texas. Unfortunately, he was injured on a third-down carry, and his status for next week’s College Football Playoff National Championship game against Michigan immediately became a question mark.
The extent of Johnson’s injury was not immediately clear, but he was in visible pain before being helped off the field. He was favoring his right leg and not putting much weight on it after the injury. He was spotted on crutches after the game.
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Along with concern for Johnson’s well-being, the timing of the injury made the ending to the Sugar Bowl much more interesting than anticipated. It stopped the clock and allowed Texas to save around 30 seconds in the final minute, allowing the Longhorns to set up a goal-line stand to decide the final outcome.
Johnson was limited to 49 rushing yards in the Sugar Bowl but did punch in 2 touchdowns and is a leader for the Huskies. He led Washington with over 1,100 rushing yards this season to go with 14 touchdowns and has done a great job of balancing out the passing attack led by Michael Penix Jr.