Marcus Lattimore suffered injuries in the first series of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl that caused the star running back to miss the rest of the game. Lattimore picked up a key 3rd down conversion on a 53-yard pass play from Stephen Garcia on a wheel route that ended up deep into the Florida State territory. 3 plays later on 3rd down, Lattimore caught a swing pass from Garcia and was hit right under the facemask area by Greg Reid of FSU and fumbled the ball for the first time this season. Lattimore's head banged against the turf in the Georgia Dome and was briefly knocked out before being helped off the field.

Lattimore's injuries were confirmed to be a slight concussion and a mouth injury that required some stitches. He was examined at the hospital but later released and was home with his family in Duncan, South Carolina.

Lattimore led South Carolina with 1,198 yards rushing and 17 rushing touchdowns. He also pitched in with 2 receiving touchdowns for a total of 19, 1 short of the SEC freshman record of 20.