USC football’s blowout victory on Friday night didn’t come without a cost.
Redshirt senior running back Travis Dye was forced off the field in the second quarter with a lower leg injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season, Trojans coach Lincoln Riley says after the 55 win -17 against Colorado.
Dye, USC’s top rusher No. 8, took a stint late in the first half and twisted his left leg under him on the tackle. He remained on the pitch and eventually had a cast placed on his leg before being carried off, his teammates crowding around him.
“It’s tough,” Riley told reporters. “It shook us all up a bit. He’s such an emotional leader. It sucks. No other way to put it.
After spending his first four years in Oregon, Dye transferred to USC and became the second incoming Pac-12 rusher this week. In 10 games, Dye had 145 carries for 884 yards and nine touchdowns.
Dye has played a key role in the Trojans’ 9-1 record to date, but they will be without him for the rest of the season, which ends in matchups against No. 9 UCLA and No. 20 Notre Dame. , plus a possible Pac-12 Championship game.
“It’s nothing long term in terms of his future,” Riley said. “He’s going to play on an NFL team next year and will probably play really well. I just told him I like him. It’s just an emotional thing, especially one like that. It’s pretty serious. He’s a senior here at the end and he’s been key to getting this team 9-1 and in a terrific position. It breaks your heart.
In Dye’s absence, Austin Jones made 11 carries for 74 yards.