Lee Corso: Lamar Jackson should return, would be Heisman favorite

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Junior defensive back Mark McLaurin had three of those interceptions.

Thompson and Jackson provided numerous highlights - and some lowlights. Jackson even had a chance to win the game in the final minute, but Mississippi State's front seven, which had dominated most of the game, ended up winning the game on the field.

He ran 24 times for 158 yards and a touchdown, breaking the TaxSlayer Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. He also broke his own school records for rushing yards and yards from scrimmage. Be sure to tune in to ESPN at 12:00 p.m. ET on December 30 to see Louisville take on Mississippi State in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville. He threw just six picks in the regular season. Jackson 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. He is the first true freshman quarterback to start a bowl game for the Bulldogs since Wesley Carroll in the 2007 Liberty Bowl.

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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. It's been the story of the year for Louisville. Interim head coach Greg Knox, along with multiple assistants in new positions, led the team after former head coach Dan Mullen left for Florida, taking assistants with him. He has also rushed for 1,400-plus yards and 17 touchdowns. Quarterback Keytaon Thompson should be adequately prepared to run the offense, and with Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons manning the defense, Louisville will face a formidable opponent.

It likely was Lamar Jackson's farewell performance. He also had a flip pass to Jaylen Smith for a score.

Mississippi State: Moorhead inherits what is expected to be a senior-laden defense in 2018 and an offensive unit that should return a number of starters, including Fitzgerald and running back Aeris Williams.

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