Thompson, McLaurin lead Bulldogs past Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

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One of the games you will definitely want to tune in to on Saturday afternoon will be the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl between the Louisville Cardinals (8-4) and the No. 24 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4). But make no mistake, Jackson is a dynamic threat that has accounted for 4,932 yards and 42 touchdowns this year.

Louisville: Coach Bobby Petrino likely will have to replace Jackson, which will be no easy task. The Cardinals may not have had the hot start they had a year ago, but they still have the best player playing in this game in 2016 Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson. Junior linebacker Mark McLaurin led the way with 3 interceptions.

The No. 4 Bulldogs were without a head coach, offensive or defensive coordinator and their usual starting quarterback. Last year, Mississippi State beat Miami (Ohio) 17-16 in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Thompson completed 11 of 20 passes for 127 yards, with an interception.

The Bulldogs weren't able to run out the clock and Louisville got the ball back with 1:39 left. West Virginia's Pat White set the previous mark with 145 yards in 2007. Louisville answered with a nine-play, 51-yard touchdown drive, which was punctuated by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Charles Standberry. Jackson has yet to declare for the National Football League draft, but most outsiders believe the dynamic junior will turn pro.

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Mississippi State: New coach Joe Moorhead will have a chance to win games early and build on the strong foundation Dan Mullen and his assistants built in Starkville.

If so, he went out setting more records.

He joined former Florida and Nevada quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick as the only others to accomplish that feat. He also broke his own school records for rushing yards and yards from scrimmage.

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. He also had a flip pass to Jaylen Smith for a score.

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