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Mississippi State defeats Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

This was a fun one!

NCAA Football: TaxSlayer Bowl-Louisville vs Mississippi State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

After an interesting season ending in head coach Dan Mullen departing for Florida, the Mississippi State Bulldogs finished on a high note with a 31-27 win over the Louisville Cardinals in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Led by running backs coach Greg Knox in Mullen’s absence, the Bulldogs had quite the exciting game capped off by a comeback against 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals.

Speaking of Jackson, he certainly had his share of highlights and lowlights.

One such highlight was this career-high 75-yard run.

The lowlights? His three interceptions, which resulted in 10 points for the Bulldogs. A lot will be written about Jackson’s NFL future, and it will all be very annoying, but it’s fairly certain that he’s as dynamic a player as any across the country right now.

For the Bulldogs, Keyaton Thompson was every bit the dual-threat as Jackson. Thompson rushed 27 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns. He only had 127 passing yards! With Thompson and Nick Fitzgerald, the Bulldogs have an interesting quarterback situation next year.

In a season of lopsided bowl games thus far, this one was fun and exciting throughout with highlight plays sprinkled in. That’s all we can ask for at the end of the day.

Mississippi State finishes the year 9-4 and now has three straight bowl victories.