This game is quite the contrast in quarterback pedigree. That mark was also a new TaxSlayer Bowl record for rushing yards, breaking the previous mark set by West Virginia's Pat White. He has rushed for 100 or more yards in his last six games and has passed for 300 or more yards in half of his 12 starts.
The Cardinals entered halftime with a 21-17 lead over the Bulldogs.
How can you tune in to the 2017 Taxslayer Bowl between Louisville and Mississippi State? The Cardinals may not have had the hot start they had a year ago, but they still have the best player playing in this game in 2016 Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson. Tebow finished his career with 88 pasing and 57 rushing tochdowns, while Kaepernick totaled 82 passing and 59 rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, MSU will face one of its toughest challenges in Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson, who is just one of three quarterbacks nationally, joining MSU's own Fitzgerald, to throw for over 1,700 yards and rush for over 900 yards this season. They enter this one having won three in a row and averaging 46 points in those games.
Despite that situation, this MSU team says they like what they have seen from Thompson during bowl practice. He too has earned multiple SEC defensive lineman of the week honors, and he also leads the FBS with three blocked kicks.More news: Russia: Several injured after blast in Saint Petersburg supermarket, say police
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Jackson, of course, has been the most dynamic dual-threat quarterback over the last two seasons.
While the loss of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and Mullen dampen some of the enthusiasm for this game, don't expect those losses to impact Mississippi State's intensity in Jacksonville.
Jackson, who is expected to decide whether to enter the National Football League draft soon, was sacked six times in the second half alone by the Mississippi State defense. The game is expected to be Jackson's collegiate finale, although he's keeping his future plans under wraps for now.
This year's TaxSlayer Bowl promises to be one of the bowl season's best. Without them, MSU will likely lean heavily some combination of Gabe Myles, Jesse Jackson, Reggie Todd and Jamal Couch, plus the continued heavy use of tight ends.