A season that has been a disaster on so many levels suffered its greatest indignity on Saturday when senior quarterback Connor Halliday suffered a broken leg that will end his WSU career, with coach Mike Leach confirming surgery after the game.
Halliday reportedly broke his fibula in the first quarter against USC when his leg got caught underneath rushing defensive lineman Leonard Williams; he already was undergoing surgery by the time Leach met the media postgame. Williams told reporters that he heard Halliday's leg "pop."
In something you won't see very often, Leach even made his way to the field to console his quarterback.
.@tylertjomsland photo gallery: #WSU vs #USC-#Cougs' #ConnorHalliday injured http://t.co/SyWebm3U8j pic.twitter.com/SCFp5iZODw— SRPhoto (@Spokesman_Photo) November 1, 2014
Nobody yet knew the severity of the injury, but an air cast and a cart is never good, and it proved to be true.
Halliday was on a pace to set a number of single-season and career passing records, both for WSU and the Pac-12 (and possibly even NCAA), but that all comes to an end. It will take some time to put Halliday's career in perspective, but we know this for certain: It was a roller coaster.
And now it's come to a stop in the worst possible way.
The long-term prognosis -- including how this injury will effect Halliday's professional prospects -- will not be known for some time.
An earlier version of the story implied that Leach confirmed a broken leg. He did not, only verifying that Halliday was undergoing surgery.