Thompson, McLaurin lead Bulldogs past Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

Dec 31, 2017, 00:40
Thompson, McLaurin lead Bulldogs past Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson might have played his final game in college football, and while etched his name into the record books in a few more spots, the TaxSlayer Bowl was not the finest performance from the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor and 2017 Heisman Trophy finalist. He racked up 111 rushing yards in the first half.

The defense picked off 2016 Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson four times. Jackson, who finished second place in Heisman voting this year, now has 130 total yards and two touchdowns to his credit.

The Bulldogs (8-4), led by interim coach Greg Knox, takes on Louisville (8-4) and stud quarterback Lamar Jackson.

This score tied the game up 14-14 early in the second quarter.

After Mississippi State got a 23-yard field goal from Jace Christmann, the Cardinals executed a lightning-quick, three-play, 88-yard touchdown drive in the final minute before halftime. Three of those INTs were by Mark McLaurin. He entered the TaxSlayer Bowl with 67 career passing touchdowns. Only three players in FBS history have accumulated 50 touchdown passes and 50 rushing touchdowns in their career: Jackson, Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick.

Part of the reason Louisville's star quarterback made some mistakes was Mississippi State's pressure.

Jackson, a Pompano Beach, Florida, native, has thrown for more than 3,400 yards and 25 touchdowns this season.