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

Mississippi State 31, Louisville 27, college football final, TaxSlayer Bowl

The Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Louisville Cardinals in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Jackson finished the game with 158 rushing yards on the back of a career-long 75-yard run, and in doing so, he joined Vince Young as the only quarterbacks in FBS history to rush for at least 150 yards in multiple bowl games.

Thanks to a pair of MSU turnovers, Louisville started its first three drives of the third quarter from the Mississippi State 20, its own 45 and the MSU 32 but could muster only three points. Four plays later, Thompson, who rushed for 147 yards, tied the score at 24-24 with a two-yard touchdown.

The defense picked off 2016 Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson four times. Jackson even had a chance to win the game in the final minute, but Mississippi State's front seven, which had dominated most of the game, ended up winning the game on the field.

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

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UL led 21-17 at halftime and 24-17 through three quarters, but State rallied to outscore Louisville 14-3 in the final period on the strength of two of Thompson's three rushing touchdowns as well as two of McLaurin's three interceptions. He became the third player in FBS history, joining Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick, to throw 50 touchdown passes and rush for 50 scores in his career when he scored on a nifty 13-yard score in the second quarter.

Louisville answered with a 13-play, 61-yard drive that stalled in the red zone.

Mississippi State responded in a big way, marching down the field on an 11-play touchdown drive. The Bulldogs went 65 yards on 11 plays and went ahead 31-27 with 3:39 to play.

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.

Jackson won the Heisman as a sophomore in 2016. He has now done it twice (2016 and 2017).

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