What seemed like a big opportunity for an upset against the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, turned into a heartbreaking moment for Minnesota Gophers senior running back Mohamed Ibrahim.
On an errant play late in the third quarter, Ibrahim seemed to step the wrong way while evading a tackle attempt from Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman. Ibrahim was required to be helped off the field, after falling in visible pain. After spending several minutes in the injury tent, Ibrahim was seen walking into the locker room with a walking boot on his left leg.
Ibrahim put together a sensational performance against the Buckeyes, with 30 carries for 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He became the eighth Gophers running back to gain over 3,000 career rushing yards, before leaving the game.
With the extent of his injury still unknown, head coach PJ Fleck will likely turn to a committee of running backs, featuring sophomore Treyson Potts, and the freshmen duo of Ky Thomas and Mar'Keise Irving to carry the load in Ibrahim's absence. Even if this was the last play of his college career, his impact should inspire his teammates to move forward and persevere without him.