LOS ANGELES -- Silas Redd had a lot on his mind when he entered the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Football wasn't exactly in the forefront.
His heart was heavy.
There were thoughts of his dad, Silas Redd Sr., battling health issues.
And also weighing heavy on him was a fallen friend.
He applied the eye black to his face, one strip at a time, and when he took the field, the strip under his right eye read "R.I.P." and under his left eye, "MARC D."
Marcus Dixon, Redd's childhood friend was killed earlier in the week after he was shot in the head. Football was a common bond between Redd and Dixon.
"He didn't play football with me but I always watched him play," Redd said.
After the eye black and a prayer, Redd carried the ball in honor of his fallen friend, and ran for season highs of 21 carries and 158 yards to go along with a touchdown as No. 13 USC (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12 South) defeated Cal (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12 North) 27-9.