TaxSlayer Bowl: Freshman Keytaon Thompson leads Mississippi State past Louisville

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

TaxSlayer Bowl: Freshman Keytaon Thompson leads Mississippi State past Louisville

According to the Florida Times-Union, Jackson plans to announce whether he will enter the National Football League draft or return for his senior season sometime after the bowl game. It definitely was Keytaon Thompson's coming-out party.

Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor, had different emotions after probably ending his college career with a loss. He threw just six interceptions in the regular season.

Jackson's 50th career rushing touchdown came in the second quarter of Louisville's matchup against No. 23 Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl. 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).

State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) is vying for its third nine-win season in the past four years and is searching for its third consecutive bowl victory.

Thompson completed 11 of 20 passes for 127 yards.

It was the ninth win of the year for 24th-ranked Mississippi State.

If so, he went out setting more records.

He ran 24 times for 158 yards and a touchdown, breaking the TaxSlayer Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback.

TURNING POINT: The Bulldogs were threatening to take a 10-point lead into halftime as Reggie Todd hauled in a first down catch at the 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining in the second quarter. He has also rushed for 1,400-plus yards and 17 touchdowns. Only three players in FBS history have accumulated 50 touchdown passes and 50 rushing touchdowns in their career: Jackson, Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick.

Louisville: Jackson needed more help - from his running backs, his receivers and his defense. In what's likely to be his last collegiate game, Jackson should again impress with a dazzling performance.

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

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