No. 23 Mississippi State vs. Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

by Steven Clarke December 31, 2017, 0:42
No. 23 Mississippi State vs. Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

The freshman accounted for 274 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns as the #23 Bulldogs beat Louisville 31-27 in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Keytaon Thompson shined in his first start as Mississippi State quarterback.

The 2016 Heisman Trophy victor became just the third quarterback in FBS history with at least 50 passing and 50 rushing touchdowns for his career.

When he was finished, Jackson was in the end zone for the score, and three Bulldogs defenders were laying on the ground after crashing into one another trying to bring him down. That mark was also a new TaxSlayer Bowl record for rushing yards, breaking the previous mark set by West Virginia's Pat White. Tebow finished his career with 88 pasing and 57 rushing tochdowns, while Kaepernick totaled 82 passing and 59 rushing touchdowns.

Louisville appeared to be driving down the field for a game-winning score until Jackson threw his fourth interception of the day, giving Mississippi State the ball back with just 2:31 left.

During Saturday's Championship Drive broadcast, Corso called Jackson "the most complete quarterback ever to play the game" statistically and said he should "try to win the Heisman a second time", adding, "if he comes back, he'll win the Heisman next year".

For new Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead, this game is incredibly encouraging for the future of the Bulldogs program.


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