South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said after his team's 14-12 win over Mississippi State that he and his players would celebrate officially becoming bowl eligible.
No matter how big or small that celebration truly is, the Gamecocks will have a sinking feeling after watching their best offensive weapon go down against the Bulldogs.
Spurrier told reporters during his postgame news conference that doctors told him running back Marcus Lattimore sprained a knee in the fourth quarter.
"I don’t know how bad Marcus is hurt," Spurrier said. "He possibly could be out for a while. We just have to wait and see."
Lattimore suffered the injury when a player hit his knee while he was blocking on a play. Lattimore had carried the ball 17 times for a season-low 39 yards and had a touchdown. He left for the locker room before the game ended with his left knee wrapped in a brace and on crutches.
South Carolina's bye week couldn't come at a better time for the Gamecocks. This will give Lattimore time to rest, depending on the severity of the injury. Outside of his knee injury, his whole body has to hurt after the punishment he's endured during the first seven games. He has 162 touches rushing and receiving combined this season and has carried the offense on his back.
Here's to hoping that his knee heals quickly and that he can finally get some much-needed rest during the next week.