TaxSlayer Bowl: Lamar Jackson's mistake-filled day leads to Mississippi State win


Attendance at the TaxSlayer Bowl was 41,310 with the crowd fairly evenly split between Louisville and Mississippi State fans.

The Bulldogs hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, as Mullen's replacement, but running backs coach and special teams coordinator Greg Knox will serve as the interim head coach for this game. "We're excited about this great opportunity". He announced in mid-November he would play in whatever bowl game the Cardinals were invited to, calling it an obligation to his teammates. We're excited about our opponent.

TALKING POINT: "Today we talked about going out and playing four quarters and it took four quarters to win that ballgame".

Jackson is the fifth Heisman Trophy victor to have played in the TaxSlayer Bowl, and the first since George Rogers of SC in 1980. Quarterback Keytaon Thompson should be adequately prepared to run the offense, and with Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons manning the defense, Louisville will face a formidable opponent. The true freshman backup tallied 274 total yards in his first career start. Before halftime, he also broke his own school record from 2016 with 5,139 yards total offense this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

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Despite that situation, this MSU team says they like what they have seen from Thompson during bowl practice.

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.

Jackson has 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns passing, and 1,443 yards and 17 scores on the ground this season. The defensive squad is now ranked in the Top 15 nationally in three categories, including total defense (10th - 302.0), pass defense (13th - 175.0) and opponent third-down conversion (12th -.312). The game starts at 11 a.m. and will be on ESPN. The available live streams can be found on WatchESPN on FuboTV. The Dawg Walk will take place on Adams Street by Gate 4 of EverBank Field. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with the latest news and exclusive giveaways!