D’Eriq King leaves Cheez-it Bowl for Miami football with knee injury

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Miami football program lost star quarterback D’Eriq King with a knee injury in the second quarter of the Cheez-it Bowl.

On a five-yard run on second and goal from the Oklahoma State nine yardline with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter, the Miami football team lost quarterback D’Eriq King with a knee injury. King ran around the right side and went slightly airborne when injuring his knee while being tackled by Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State was called for defensive holding on the play. Second-team QB N’Kosi Perry replaced King. Perry is receiving playing time for the Miami football team in his third straight bowl game. King is the most irreplaceable player on the Hurricanes roster.

King was 10-13 for 113 yards and a 10-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Brevin Jordan and ran eight times for 18 yards. Perry was 3-6 for 22 yards as Miami trailed 21-10 at halftime. The Hurricanes allowed Oklahoma State to score TDs on its first three drives before the Miami defense had to straight stops.

Oklahoma State took a knee on the final play of the first half after getting the ball back following a Miami punt. King stayed on the ground for a few minutes. He declined to have a cart come out. King walked to the locker room on the other side of the field to the Miami locker room with help.

King had a meniscus injury to his right knee that caused him to miss the final two games of the 2018 season with Houston. King has accounted for over 71 percent of the Miami offense in 2020. On Saturday King announced that he will be returning for a second season with Miami in 2021.

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King will be in his sixth season of college football in 2021. King redshirted after four games in 2019 for Houston after the Cougars started 1-3. With the transfer portal available, King transferred to Miami in January 2020. Getting King back is a huge boost to Miami who opens with Alabama in 2021.