TaxSlayer Bowl: Freshman Keytaon Thompson leads Mississippi State past Louisville

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson avoids the rush by Syracuse linebacker Jonathan Thomas during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday Nov. 18 2017 in Louisville Ky. Louisville won 56-10

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.

Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor playing perhaps his final college game, countered with a game-record 158 rushing yards on 24 carries. Junior defensive back Mark McLaurin had three of those interceptions.

Thompson scored twice in the fourth quarter, including a 1-yard plunge with 3:39 remaining that put the Bulldogs (9-4) ahead for good. West Virginia's Pat White set the previous mark with 145 yards in 2007.

That set off a wild and tearful celebration for Mississippi State, which stuck together despite losing coach Dan Mullen and a number of assistants to Florida. He ended the day with 274 of his teams 404 yards, including 147 rushing on 27 carries.

Jackson ran 24 times for 158 yards and a touchdown, breaking the TaxSlayer Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. Jackson broke free for a 75-yard run, the longest of his career, and then found Jaylen Smith in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown on the next play.

The Cardinals entered halftime with a 21-17 lead over the Bulldogs.

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NOTES: Lamar Jackson is the only player in FBS history to rush for at least 1,500 yards and pass for at least 3,500 yards in a season.

Jackson made two ridiculous cut moves during a 13-yard run to pull Louisville into a 14-14 tie.

Jackson said he still has to decide whether to leave early for the National Football League draft, but clearly has nothing left to prove at the college level. "Scheme-wise, it's kind of up in the air because they are under two different playcallers", Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. Attendance at the TaxSlayer Bowl was 41,310 with the crowd fairly evenly split between Louisville and Mississippi State fans.

Jackson became just the third player in FBS history - after Colin Kaepernick and Tim Tebow - to post 50 rushing touchdowns in addition to 50 passing touchdowns.

"We knew that's what he did best", Knox said.

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