Florida State football quarterback Jordan Travis appeared to have suffered a serious lower left leg injury in the first quarter against North Alabama on Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Travis was tackled awkwardly on a 17-yard run on the third drive of the game for the No. 4 Seminoles. Travis, who grabbed his left leg under his knee, was immediately attended to by FSU physicians and trainers. He was down for several minutes before being taken off the field on a cart.
Both teams came to midfield to comfort Travis before he was transported to a waiting ambulance as fans chanted “Jordan Travis.” Travis showed his appreciation for the fans and later cheered on his teammates from his hospital bed.
With the Seminoles trailing the Lions 13-0, backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker came in relief for Travis and completed 13 of 23 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns en route to their 58-13 blowout win. Florida State freshman quarterback Brock Glenn added three completions for 35 yards, in addition to one rushing touchdown, marking the first of his collegiate career.
“Congratulations brother,” Travis captioned an Instagram Story of himself watching the rest of the game on his phone while lying in a hospital bed. Travis also provided live commentary of Quindarrius Jones’ 50-yard return of a blocked field goal to end the game. “Block that (expletive)… Go score, go score… They blocked the kick.”
Despite the Lions jumping to an early 13-0 lead following a pair of touchdown scores, the Seminoles responded by scoring 58 unanswered points to win. They move to 11-0 on the season.
“Coming in we knew this was going to be Jordan Travis’ last game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium and I wanted to see him have a special game and a special experience,” Florida State head coach Mike Norvell said after the game. “Anytime someone gets hurt, it hurts. It’s painful to see, it’s painful to have to go through. You want so bad for that kid because he does everything right. He really is a special young man.”
Norvell didn’t provide an update on Travis’ injury. Florida State will face in-state rival Florida next week.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, EuroJournal Sports