Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Heisman candidate Marcus Lattimore left the game for South Carolina late in the second half of their win over Mississippi State. And he may not return for some time.
The initial diagnosis from the locker room is that Lattimore has suffered a left knee sprain. Steve Spurrier told reporters after the game that Lattimore's injury "could be serious" and that the sophomore "could be out a while." Lattimore is scheduled for an MRI either Saturday night or Sunday morning once the team returns to Columbia.
Via the Twitter feed of CBSSports.com Gamecock RapidReporter Josh Kendall, here's Lattimore leaving the State road team's locker room:
Lattimore was injured on a 2nd-and-4 snap on the Gamecocks' game-winning touchdown drive. Bruce Ellington took a snap as the quarterback in the Wildcat formation, with Lattimore used as a blocker on the right side of the field. As Ellington ran by, a Bulldog fell and rolled into the back of Lattimore's leg.
Lattimore was immediately taken to the trainers' table and surrounded by teammates and his mother. He eventually left the field on crutches.
Freshman Brandon Wilds was used as the Gamecocks' replacement tailback following Lattimore's injury. He finished with 8 yards on five carries.
Lattimore scored the Gamecocks' first touchdown of the game but had largely struggled against the Bulldogs, gaining only 39 yards on 17 carries to that point.