CORAL GABLES — Miami running back Duke Johnson will miss the remainder of the 14th-ranked Hurricanes' season with a broken right ankle.
Johnson was hurt in the third quarter of Saturday night's 41-14 loss at No. 3 Florida State. He got hit just behind the line of scrimmage, his right leg bent awkwardly and then a mass of bodies landed atop him.
Coach Al Golden on Sunday confirmed that Johnson was out for the season.
“I'm disappointed for Randy because he was really starting to understand how to be a good running back,” Golden said, referring to Johnson by his given name. “He was really starting to convert talent to skill.”
Miami (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) still controls the league's Coastal Division and could move a big step closer to wrapping up that title with a win this coming weekend against Virginia Tech.
Johnson got hurt on a fourth-and-2 play in Florida State territory late in the third quarter, when Miami was trying to cut into what was then a 35-14 deficit.
With Johnson out, Miami figures to use running back Dallas Crawford in the feature-back role going forward.
Seminoles return to No. 2 in BCS standings
After a week at No. 3, Florida State returned to the No. 2 position in this week's edition of the BCS standings.
Florida State (8-0) handed Miami its first loss of the season on Saturday, giving it a big enough boost to surpass No. 3 Oregon.
Alabama (8-0) remained No. 1 in the country, while No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Stanford and No. 6 Baylor also stayed put.
Florida State earned a perfect rating from the BCS computers, earning the top spot in five of the six rankings. Alabama earned the other top ranking, but each team's highest and lowest computer rankings are thrown out and not used in the BCS formula.
Miami (7-1) fell four spots to No. 11 after its loss.
Oregon was also off Saturday ahead of another big Thursday night game. A win at Stanford should return the Ducks to No. 2.