PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State coach Bill Doba says running back Dwight Tardy suffered a knee injury that will require season-ending surgery. Tardy, a junior, rushed for a career-best 214 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries in the 27-7 rout of UCLA last weekend.
Doba says backup senior Kevin McCall, who gained 51 yards on 11 carries against UCLA, will start Saturday at California.
Cougars coach Doba says it appeared the anterior cruciate ligament in Tardy's left knee was injured during a 51-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the game. After making a cut near midfield, Tardy raced down the left sideline for the score, but limped back to the bench.
Tardy, from Santa Fe Springs, California, had carried 143 times for 676 yards, or 4.7 yards per carry, averaging 84.5 yards per game this season.