Published: Sun, December 31, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

#23 Mississippi State defeats Louisville 31-27 in the TaxSlayer Bowl

#23 Mississippi State defeats Louisville 31-27 in the TaxSlayer Bowl

And then one of college football's best players in 2016 Heisman victor and 2017 finalist Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

No. 23 Mississippi State got three interceptions from safety Mark McLaurin and got 274 yards of total offense and three touchdowns from freshman backup quarterback Keytaon Thompson to beat Louisville 31-27 Saturday in the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field. Jackson, who finished second place in Heisman voting this year, now has 130 total yards and two touchdowns to his credit.

The TaxSlayer Bowl featured two quarterbacks on opposite ends of the spectrum.

MSU finishes the season 9-4.

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But you knew Jackson wasn't going to be totally upstaged in this game, and sure enough, he had one of the best highlights of the game on this ankle-breaking touchdown run in the second quarter to tie the game at 14-14. Tebow finished his career with 88 pasing and 57 rushing tochdowns, while Kaepernick totaled 82 passing and 59 rushing touchdowns.

After a wild month of coaching news and intrigue, Mississippi State is back on the football field today.

The Bulldogs weren't able to run out the clock and Louisville got the ball back with 1:39 left.

As a junior, he recorded 3,489 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions on 241-of-399 passing, as well as 1,443 yards and 17 scores on 208 rushing attempts, finishing third in the Heisman vote. He has now done it twice (2016 and 2017).

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