2015 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
December 30, 2015 - Nissan Stadium
Louisville 27, Texas A&M 21
The 2015 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl between the University of Louisville and Texas A&M University game got off to a fast start as Louisville carried momentum from regular season play into the bowl game, despite starting the year 0-3. Texas A&M came to Nashville riding a quarterback carousel that resulted in their two starting quarterbacks transferring immediately after the season; Jake Hubenak was more than ready to start the first game of his Texas A&M career.
Freshman phenomenon QB Lamar Jackson led the offense for Louisville. Louisville and Lamar Jackson sprinted out to grab a 13-0 lead, due in part to a couple of big plays by the offense and punt return units. However, Texas A&M stopped the bleeding as they answered with a 70-yard touchdown drive, which put them on the scoreboard. It took Louisville three plays to respond as Lamar Jackson danced his way to a 61-yard run to the endzone, putting Louisville ahead 20-7. The defenses settled down in the second quarter and the scoring was limited. A missed field goal by Louisville kept the game at 20-7 halfway through the second quarter. A couple of three-and-outs by both teams followed until Texas A&M got the score moving again. Texas A&M marched 97 yards with help from a 55-yard run by Tra Carson, resulting in a score of 20-14 heading into the half.
Teams came out a little tight in the second half with both committing two turnovers on their first two drives. Louisville capitalized on Texas A&M’s second turnover by going 73 yards for a touchdown, which included a 37-yard run by Lamar Jackson to put the game at 27-14. The score stayed 27-14 heading into the fourth quarter with Louisville on top.
Texas A&M then carried the ball down to the Louisville 14-yard line before missing a field goal, which kept Louisville ahead 13 points. A&M’s defense came to play in the fourth quarter and shut down the Louisville attack. A&M got the ball back and went 83 yards on the shoulders of Hubenak to score a touchdown that brought the game within one possession with 4:54 left. A&M then forced a three-and-out to get the ball back.
Hubenak led A&M down to the Louisville 24-yard line before Louisville’s defense stepped up and forced a stop to give their offense the ball back with 1:39 left in the game. Louisville ran the clock out to win the 18th annual Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, 27-21.
Game MVP honors went to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who set multiple bowl records on Louisville’s way to victory. Jackson set records with the most rushing yards with 226 yards, topping Marion Barber’s 187 yards in 2004. He also set the record for most total yards with 453 yards, beating North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon’s 2012 record of 424 yards. Jackson would go on to win the Heisman in the 2016 season as a sophomore.
MVP: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
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