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“It was great to see Connor do that. It gives him a lot of confidence to come back in the fourth quarter to win the game,” Jeffery said.

Maybe the best thing for South Carolina is its week off.

Spurrier said that might give more experienced runners dealing with injuries, like Kenny Miles and Eric Baker, the chance to heal and be a factor this season. Miles, the team’s top rusher in 2009, has a wrist injury while Baker had a bad ankle. The Gamecocks had also lost speedy freshman runner Shon Carson to a season-ending injury last month at Georgia. Backup fullback Matt Coffee also tore a ligament and is out for the year.

Lattimore’s scoring run was his 30th career TD, just three shy of South Carolina’s career record.

Spurrier expects Lattimore to show the same determination in his rehabilitation as he’s shown his two years with the Gamecocks.

Marcus has always had a positive attitude. I’m sure he’ll approach this as positively as he possibly can,” Spurrier said.