The MSU defense picked off 2016 Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson four times.
Mississippi State got to experience this firsthand Saturday during the second quarter of the Taxslayer Bowl. Jackson, who finished second place in Heisman voting this year, now has 130 total yards and two touchdowns to his credit.
Jackson finished the game with 158 rushing yards on the back of a career-long 75-yard run, and in doing so, he joined Vince Young as the only quarterbacks in FBS history to rush for at least 150 yards in multiple bowl games.
On the surface, the touchdown was great for the Cardinals. 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.
Jackson drove Louisville into the red zone, down by a touchdown.
Mississippi State responded in a big way, marching down the field on an 11-play touchdown drive.
The Bulldogs weren't able to run out the clock and Louisville got the ball back with 1:39 left.
The side with the true freshman ended up pulling out a turnover-filled affair in Jacksonville, as the Bulldogs picked off Jackson four times on their way to a 31-27 win.
As a junior, he recorded 3,489 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions on 241-of-399 passing, as well as 1,443 yards and 17 scores on 208 rushing attempts, finishing third in the Heisman vote.