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Luke Falk leaves game in second quarter vs. UCLA, returns after halftime

WSU's quarterback took a hard hit on a sack and appeared to have a concussion, but he came back in the game after halftime.

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WSU quarterback Luke Falk was knocked out of the game against UCLA in the second quarter when his head collided violently with the ground at the end of a sack, and although he looked to have a concussion, he returned to the game after halftime.

As per usual for WSU, there was no word on the extent or severity of the injury that breifly knocked him out of the game, but circumstantial evidence certainly pointed to a concussion for Falk. First, there was the hit and injury itself, in which Falk's head made direct contact with the ground and Falk had a tough time getting up:

Then, there was the aftermath, in which Falk did not appear to have any acute injuries and was being examined by the medical staff with his helmet being held away from him. Eventually, he made his way to the locker room:

Falk -- who was 17-of-20 for 137 yards with zero touchdowns or interceptions -- was replaced by redshirt freshman Peyton Bender with WSU trailing 13-7. Bender had a rough start, throwing incompletions on his first three passes, but the fourth one was golden, as he found Dom Williams on a gorgeous fade to give WSU the lead.

UCLA was able to come back and make a field goal on the ensuing drive, and the Bruins lead 16-14 at halftime.