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Bulldogs rally over Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

31 December 2017

Nick Fitzgerald will be forced to watch the Mississippi State bowl game from the sidelines as he recovers from a dislocated ankle, but the Bulldogs QB is trying to contribute in anyway he can.

"He was phenomenal", Bulldogs interim coach Greg Knox said. We didn't care if he was starting his first game. We're excited about our opponent.

TALKING POINT: "Today we talked about going out and playing four quarters and it took four quarters to win that ballgame".

For the Cardinals, quarterback Lamar Jackson has put together quite the two-season run, although this postseason he won't have to deal with the expectations that come with winning the Heisman Trophy.

The Bulldog offense will face a Louisville defense that ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing defense (139.8).

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Thompson's big day included 147 yards rushing and 11-of-20 passing for 127 yards.

Jackson, who hadn't thrown an interception since October, threw picks on back-to-back drives in the third quarter. The A-Train averages 4.6 yards per carry and has rushed for five scores this season. However, they did lose a lot of things in the Egg Bowl versus the arch rival Ole Miss Rebels. He is the first true freshman quarterback to start a bowl game for the Bulldogs since Wesley Carroll in the 2007 Liberty Bowl.

The Bulldogs' defense intercepted 2016 Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson four times - three by MVP Mark McLaurin - and sacked him six times.

Up 21-17 at the half despite being out-gained 244-223 and converting on just two of seven third downs, Louisville added to its lead with a 23-yard field goal by Blanton Creque with 3:14 left in the third quarter. Tom Hart and Jordan Rodgers will be in the booth to call it. The Dawg Walk will take place on Adams Street by Gate 4 of EverBank Field.

This story will be updated with a full game report within the hour. Live Stats are available here. Fans can also follow behind-the-scenes content via SnapChat by searching for HailStateSnap.

Bulldogs rally over Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl