USC won an old fashioned, offensive challenged, defensive dominated SEC football game on the road Saturday afternoon defeating Mississippi State 14-12. In the process, the Gamecocks lost star running back Marcus Lattimore.
Lattimore injured his left knee while blocking for Bruce Ellington on a run around the right side in the fourth quarter. He walked off on his own but went directly to the training table where ice was put on the knee. His mother came down from the stands to be with him. Lattimore walked out of the locker room on crutches and with his knee in a full leg brace. The initial diagnosis relayed by head coach Steve Spurrier is a sprain, but more will be known after an MRI.
The Gamecocks improved to 6-1 with the win and 4-1 in the SEC. It’s their sixth straight win over Mississippi State. They will remain atop the SEC East as they head into their off week. The 6-1 start is the Gamecocks’ best since 2007 when they lost their last five games to finish 6-6 and out of the bowl season. USC also set a school record with its fifth straight true road win.
The win is Spurrier’s 50th at USC which is now bowl eligible for an eighth straight season.