USC’s Travis Dye suffers season-ending leg injury

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.

USC running back Travis Dye (26) is out for the season after suffering a leg injury Friday night against Colorado.
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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.

Travis Dye is carried off the field during a game against Colorado on Friday.
Travis Dye is carried off the field during a game against Colorado on Friday.

“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.


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