Georgia tailback Todd Gurley is out for the season after injuring his left knee this weekend, possibly ending his college career in the latest setback of a year that began with Heisman Trophy hopes.
The school announced the injury Sunday. Surgery will be scheduled to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Gurley was hurt in the final minutes of a 34-7 win over then-No. 9 Auburn on Saturday night. He ran for 138 yards and a touchdown, and helped the Bulldogs moved up to ninth in the latest rankings.
Before the injury, Gurley passed Garrison Hearst for second place on Georgia's career list with 3,285 yards rushing.
Herschel Walker has the record with 5,259 yards from 1980-82.
Gurley opened the game with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, but a holding penalty wiped out the play.
There has been much speculation Gurley, a junior, plans to enter the NFL draft following this season.
Gurley was considered a leading Heisman Trophy candidate before receiving a four-game NCAA suspension for taking $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. He returned from the suspension for Saturday's game.
Gurley was injured with just over 5 minutes remaining on a 6-yard run. He remained on the turf for several minutes while he was examined by trainers. He limped to the sideline, where his knee was iced down.
Wearing a hooded coat, he headed to the locker room while Georgia was running out the clock and left the stadium on a cart without speaking to reporters.
The loss of Gurley leaves freshman Nick Chubb as Georgia's top running back. The Bulldogs play Charleston Southern this week before closing their regular season against Georgia Tech.
Georgia (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) would win the Eastern Division and advance to the SEC championship game if Missouri loses to Tennessee or Arkansas.
Chubb, who took over as the starter during Gurley's suspension, leads Georgia with 1,039 yards rushing. Chubb had 144 yards rushing with two touchdowns against Auburn, splitting the carries with Gurley in a powerful combination that wore down Auburn's defense.
Georgia could have more help at running back if freshman Sony Michel returns from an ankle injury this week. Keith
Marshall has missed the last seven games with ankle and knee injuries and could be redshirted.
Gurley rushed for 1,385 yards with 17 touchdowns as a freshman in 2012 and added 989 yards with 10 touchdowns in 10 games in 2013. He had 911 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in six games this year.