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Thompson carries Miss State to 31-27 victory in TaxSlayer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) It likely was Lamar Jackson's farewell performance.

It definitely was Keytaon Thompson's coming-out party.

Thompson, a highly touted freshman making his first start in place of injured quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 24 Mississippi State beat Jackson and Louisville 31-27 in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday.

''He was phenomenal,'' Bulldogs interim coach Greg Knox said.

Thompson completed 11 of 20 passes for 127 yards, with an interception. He was more effective as a runner, carrying on 27 of the team's 55 running plays.

''We knew that's what he did best,'' Knox said. ''If you go back and look at Mississippi State over the year, when Nick Fitzgerald ran the ball for a hundred yards, we were winning games. So we knew he had to run the ball today.

''We didn't care if he was a freshman. We didn't care if he was starting his first game. We knew we could scheme some things up for him to run the ball, and he could have success.''

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.

Jackson had the Cardinals (8-5) on the move late, but safety Mark McLaurin intercepted his third pass of the game. Jackson got another chance in the waning seconds following a failed, fourth-down conversation. But his desperation heave was batted away in the end zone.

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. Knox got doused on the sideline. Players ripped off jerseys in 50-degree temperatures and danced in the end zone.

''The last three, four weeks we've been together, it's been a tough time for everyone,'' Knox said. ''A lot of emotions. ... I think that's what you saw on the field. It was a chance for everyone to just breathe a sigh of relief and say, `Thank you God for this win.'''

Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, had different emotions after probably ending his college career with a loss. Jackson has yet to declare for the NFL draft, but most outsiders believe the dynamic junior will turn pro.

''I got to sit down with my coach and my family,'' he said.

If he is leaving, he went out setting records.

Jackson ran 24 times for 158 yards and a touchdown, breaking the TaxSlayer Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. West Virginia's Pat White set the previous mark with 145 yards in 2007. He also broke his own school records for rushing yards and yards from scrimmage.

He had the longest run of his career, a 75-yarder late in the second quarter, and a 13-yard TD scamper earlier in the game in which he split two defenders and made another look silly . He also had a flip pass to Jaylen Smith for a score.

But his interceptions overshadowed his improvisations.

Jackson completed 13 of 31 passes for 171 yards, with two touchdowns, four picks and six sacks. He threw just six interceptions in the regular season.

Still, he became the third player in Football Bowl Subdivision history with at least 50 touchdown passes and 50 touchdown runs, joining Florida's Tim Tebow and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick.

''I'd love to see him come back, there's no question about that,'' Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. ''He really needs to understand where his draft status is, what the finances are that go with that. Him and his mom, we'll get people around him to help him make the decision.

''But they just need to make an educated business decision.''

TAKEAWAY

Louisville: Jackson has to become a more accurate passer to make it in the NFL. He had way too many errant throws, including on two of his interceptions.

Mississippi State: New coach Joe Moorhead will have a chance to win games early thanks to what Mullen built in Starkville.

RARE FEAT

It was the fourth time in the FBC this season that both starting quarterbacks topped 100 yards rushing.

UP NEXT

Louisville: Freshman Jawon Pass is the obvious choice to replace Jackson. If so, he will be thrown into the fire right away because the Cardinals open next season against perennial power Alabama in Orlando on Sept. 1.

Mississippi State: Moorhead inherits an experienced defense and an offense expected to return a number of starters, including Fitzgerald and running back Aeris Williams. The Bulldogs open next season against Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 1.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:39
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
31
Touchdown 3:39
10-K.Thompson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
12
plays
70
yds
03:49
pos
27
30
Field Goal 7:43
45-B.Creque 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
51
yds
05:39
pos
27
24
Point After TD 13:22
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown 13:22
10-K.Thompson runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
22
yds
00:58
pos
24
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:19
45-B.Creque 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
22
yds
02:33
pos
24
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:19
45-B.Creque extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
17
Touchdown 0:19
8-L.Jackson complete to 9-J.Smith. 9-J.Smith runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
88
yds
00:45
pos
20
17
Field Goal 4:27
47-J.Christmann 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
24
yds
03:18
pos
14
17
Point After TD 10:29
45-B.Creque extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 10:29
8-L.Jackson runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
64
yds
01:38
pos
13
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:11
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 3:11
10-K.Thompson runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
79
yds
03:19
pos
7
13
Point After TD 6:35
45-B.Creque extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:35
8-L.Jackson complete to 80-C.Standberry. 80-C.Standberry runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
51
yds
04:10
pos
6
7
Point After TD 10:47
47-J.Christmann extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 10:47
22-A.Williams runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
56
yds
02:07
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 20 23
Rushing 7 18
Passing 9 4
Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Conv 4-16 7-15
4th Down Conv 3-3 1-2
Total Net Yards 324 396
Total Plays 70 75
Avg Gain 4.6 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 187 277
Rush Attempts 39 55
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 5.0
Net Yards Passing 137 119
Comp. - Att. 13-31 11-20
Yards Per Pass 4.4 6.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 6-34 2-8
Penalties - Yards 6-42 11-100
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 1 4
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 4 1
Punts - Avg 4-42.3 4-41.0
Return Yards 60 209
Punts - Returns 1-9 3-11
Kickoffs - Returns 3-50 6-141
Int. - Returns 1-1 4-57
Kicking 5/6 5/6
Extra Points 3/3 4/4
Field Goals 2/3 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Louisville 8-5 7143327
23 Miss. St. 9-4 14301431
137 PASS YDS 119
187 RUSH YDS 277
324 TOTAL YDS 396
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Jackson 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
41.9% 171 2 4 83.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.1% 3660 27 10 146.6
L. Jackson 13/31 171 2 4
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Jackson 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 158 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
232 1601 18
L. Jackson 24 158 1 75
M. Williams 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
67 531 4
M. Williams 5 13 0 5
R. Bonnafon 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
93 459 7
R. Bonnafon 7 13 0 9
D. Williams 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 235 3
D. Williams 3 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Ja. Smith 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 107 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
60 980 7
Ja. Smith 7 107 1 35
S. Dawkins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 642 4
S. Dawkins 3 38 0 18
K. Averett 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 79 1
K. Averett 1 16 0 16
C. Standberry 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 306 4
C. Standberry 2 10 1 5
R. Bonnafon 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 182 1
R. Bonnafon 0 0 0 0
J. Bagley 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 43 2
J. Bagley 0 0 0 0
M. Williams 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 136 0
M. Williams 0 0 0 0
D. Fitzpatrick 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 699 9
D. Fitzpatrick 0 0 0 0
J. Johnson 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 52 0
J. Johnson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Washington 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 4 0.0
T. Washington 1-0 0.0 0
S. Thomas 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
S. Thomas 1-0 1.0 0
T. Young 91 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Young 1-0 1.0 0
C. Williams 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
C. Williams 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Creque 45 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
17/20 58/59
B. Creque 2/3 31 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. King 28 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 42.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
43 43.9 1
M. King 4 42.3 1 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Dawkins 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.7 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 21.3 22 0
S. Dawkins 3 16.7 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Bonnafon 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 6.8 9 0
R. Bonnafon 1 9.0 9 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55% 127 0 1 98.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
48.5% 388 2 2 101.8
K. Thompson 11/20 127 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Thompson 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
27 147 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 446 6
K. Thompson 27 147 3 24
Ae. Williams 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 88 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
236 1107 6
Ae. Williams 12 88 1 20
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 393 2
K. Hill 8 29 0 16
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 239 1
N. Gibson 6 13 0 5
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
Je. Jackson 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Je. Jackson 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 276 0
Je. Jackson 3 38 0 20
J. Thomas 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 263 3
J. Thomas 2 36 0 29
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 160 1
R. Todd 2 32 0 17
J. Couch 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 191 2
J. Couch 2 28 0 20
C. Rayford 24 DB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Rayford 0 0 0 0
G. Myles 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 90 2
G. Myles 0 0 0 0
B. Smith 13
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
B. Smith 0 0 0 0
N. Gibson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 25 0
N. Gibson 0 0 0 0
J. Johnson 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 44 1
J. Johnson 0 0 0 0
K. Hill 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 38 0
K. Hill 0 0 0 0
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 227 4
D. Thomas 2 -7 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
E. Thompson 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Thompson 1-0 0.0 0
G. Green 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 1.5
G. Green 1-1 1.5 0
Ko. Jones 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
Ko. Jones 1-0 1.0 0
M. Sweat 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Sweat 1-0 1.0 0
C. Dantzler 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Dantzler 0-0 0.0 1
J. Gray 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.5
J. Gray 0-1 0.5 0
J. Simmons 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. Simmons 0-1 0.5 0
M. McLaurin 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 6 0.0
M. McLaurin 0-0 0.0 3
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Christmann 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
12/14 42/42
J. Christmann 1/2 23 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Cooke 43 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
52 42.7 1
L. Cooke 4 41.0 1 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thomas 18 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 22.0 34 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 21.5 34 0
D. Thomas 5 22.0 34 0
R. Todd 20 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 31.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 18.5 31 0
R. Todd 1 31.0 31 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Myles 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 3.7 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 3.6 17 0
G. Myles 3 3.7 17 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 LVILLE 14 1:50 5 21 Punt
10:45 LVILLE 49 4:10 9 51 TD
3:04 LVILLE 26 0:47 3 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:07 LVILLE 26 1:38 7 79 TD
8:48 LVILLE 31 0:53 3 49 INT
4:21 LVILLE 25 1:13 4 3 INT
1:04 LVILLE 12 0:45 3 88 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:14 LVILLE 20 3:19 6 74 FG Miss
8:04 LVILLE 45 1:56 3 6 Punt
5:52 MISSST 32 2:33 6 22 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:55 LVILLE 2 0:37 4 76 INT
13:22 LVILLE 25 5:39 14 46 FG
3:35 LVILLE 25 0:57 4 34 INT
1:39 LVILLE 34 1:33 6 2
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:54 MISSST 44 2:07 6 56 TD
6:30 MISSST 21 3:19 9 79 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:10 MISSST 26 2:05 14 54 FG Miss
10:23 MISSST 20 1:26 3 7 Punt
7:45 LVILLE 20 3:18 7 14 FG
2:59 LVILLE 37 1:43 4 25 Fumble
0:12 MISSST 30 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 MISSST 40 2:29 6 14 Punt
8:49 MISSST 20 0:36 4 -8 Punt
5:59 MISSST 15 0:00 1 85 INT
3:06 MISSST 32 2:00 5 22 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:20 LVILLE 22 0:58 4 22 TD
7:28 MISSST 35 3:49 12 65 TD
2:31 MISSST 34 0:45 6 44 Downs