Smith Out For Regular Season
The Tigers' career sack leader broke his right hip on the play when strong safety David Overstreet returned a fumble 41 yards for a Missouri touchdown. Smith hurdled a downed defender during the play and landed awkwardly in a non-contact situation.
Smith does not need surgery but will be sidelined on crutches for around 8 weeks. There is an outside chance that Smith could return in a bowl game.
Through eight games this season, Smith has recorded 7.5 sacks, tied for seventh in the NCAA. Smith has 31.5 career sacks and needs 3 more to become the Big 12 career leader. Texas Tech's Aaron Hunt notched 34 sacks during his career (1999-2002).
Sophomore Stryker Sulak will replace Smith in the starting lineup. Sulak, despite limited action, has five more tackles than Smith in the 2006 season (35-to-30).
Life without Brian Smith begins Saturday when No. 23 Missouri hosts No. 19 Oklahoma at Faurot Field.