UofL FOOTBALL | Cards Fall in TaxSlayer Bowl

12/30/2017 04:34 PM

A late Hail Mary attempt from the UofL football team was not enough on Saturday afternoon as No. 23 Mississippi St. held on to win the TaxSlayer Bowl 31-28.

The Bulldogs (9-4) took the lead for good courtesy of a one-yard touchdown run from QB Keytaon Thompson with 3:39 to play in the game.

The Louisville loss snapped the Cards (8-5) three-game winning streak.

Cards’ QB Lamar Jackson struggled throughout the game. Despite accounting for over 300 yards of total offense and three total touchdowns, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner turned the ball over four times.

Jackson finished the game with 158 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. Through the air, he was 13-of-31 for 171 yards, two passing touchdowns and four interceptions.

Jackson and Petrino addressed Jackson’s future as well after the game:

Cards’ WR Jaylen Smith had a solid day, with seven receptions for 107 yards, including one touchdown catch.

Mississippi St.‘s offense went through Thompson, who had three rushing touchdowns on the game. He finished with 147 rushing yards on 27 carries.

Meanwhile, through the air, Thompson was 11-of-20 for 127 yards.

The Bulldogs’ defense was led by defensive back Mark McLaurin, who made three interceptions during the game.

Andrew Chernoff

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