Thompson carries Miss State to 31-27 victory in TaxSlayer

Sheri Evans
December 31, 2017

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). On the flip side, Sweat and Simmons would love nothing more than to make a Cardinal other than Jackson beat the Bulldogs' defense. But make no mistake, Jackson is a dynamic threat that has accounted for 4,932 yards and 42 touchdowns this year.

After a wild month of coaching news and intrigue, Mississippi State is back on the football field today.

And then there was this spectacular rushing touchdown to tie the game at 14 less than five minutes into the second quarter. For the season, Thompson has thrown for 261 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to go along with 299 yards and three scores on the ground. West Virginia's Pat White set the previous mark with 145 yards in 2007. It was Thompson's first career start since the 2016 Louisiana state championship game and yet he was in total control early, leading Mississippi State right down the field for touchdowns on the first two possessions of the game. Williams is now just 47 yards shy of tying Anthony Dixon for 10th place in MSU single-season history.

He joined former Florida and Nevada quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick as the only others to accomplish that feat.

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He also broke his record for rushing yards and yards from scrimmage in a season. Louisville lost to LSU 29-9 in last year's Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

For new Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead, this game is incredibly encouraging for the future of the Bulldogs program. 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. He has also rushed for 1,400-plus yards and 17 touchdowns.

Louisville: Coach Bobby Petrino likely will have to replace Jackson, which will be no easy task. The Bulldogs open next season against Stephen F. Austin on September 1.

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