BYU defensive back Ellis improving after serious injury Saturday at Allegiant Stadium

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BYU players watch as medial staff care for BYU defensive back Keenan Ellis

BYU wins opener 24-16 over Arizona

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – 55,000 fans sat stunned for 17 minutes at Allegiant Stadium Saturday night waiting for information on BYU redshirt cornerback Keenan Ellis. Ellis was taken to University Medical Center’s trauma center early in the BYU game against Arizona.

The Deseret News is reporting Sunday morning:

BYU football publicist Brett Pyne said after the game that the CT scans on Keenan Ellis were normal. He will spend the night in the hospital for observation. Pyne previously reported in the fourth quarter that Ellis had movement in his extremities and was responsive upon leaving the field. He remained in the UMC trauma center.

Ellis appeared to suffer a serious injury when tackling Arizona receiver Michael Wiley on a third-down pass play. Ellis fell to the ground immediately after his helmet bounced backward off Wiley. Ellis was immobile as BYU doctors rushed onto the field at the insistence of teammates near the play.

BYU’s medical staff worked on isolating Ellis and placing him on a transport board, then rolled him off the field in a utility vehicle.

Jaren Hall, son of former Valley High and BYU player Kalen Hall passed for 198 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Cougars 24-16 win over the Wildcats. The game set a new record (54,541) for largest crowd ever at a college football game in Nevada. BYU announced it will play Notre Dame at Allegiant Stadium in 2022.

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