Bulldogs rally over Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

Rachel Hardy
December 31, 2017

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson became just the third player in FBS history to have at least 50 rushing and 50 passing touchdowns in his career during Saturday's Taxslayer Bowl against Mississippi State.

Hail State FB shared video of Fitzgerald discussing the upcoming matchup, and he said he's been trying to encourage and support QB Keytaon Thompson as he gets ready to start against Louisville.

The Bulldogs' defense intercepted 2016 Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson four times - three by MVP Mark McLaurin - and sacked him six times.

The No. 4 Bulldogs were without a head coach, offensive or defensive coordinator and their usual starting quarterback.

Mississippi State: Senior left tackle Martinas Rankin, expected to be the team's highest draft pick, sprained an ankle and was ruled out for the game.

New Bulldog head coach Joe Moorhead was in Jacksonville for the bowl game, but did not take part in it.

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Louisville and Mississippi State have met four times. Prior to the post-season game, Jackson was widely expected to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the National Football League draft.

According to OddsShark, the Cardinals will be laying seven points to the Bulldogs on a neutral site. He racked up 111 rushing yards in the first half. The A-Train averages 4.6 yards per carry and has rushed for five scores this season.

While both are a handful individually, together they're ferocious. On the flip side, Sweat and Simmons would love nothing more than to make a Cardinal other than Jackson beat the Bulldogs' defense.

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. "Not many times in your career do you have the opportunity to play a Heisman Trophy victor, and that guy [Lamar Jackson] is special".

It likely was Lamar Jackson's farewell performance.

This year's TaxSlayer Bowl promises to be one of the bowl season's best. A sports reporter for The Meridian Star, Hayes also has been an invited guest on "The Paul Finebaum Show".

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