NASHVILLE -- Before he was torching NFL secondaries with his arm, former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was setting records with his legs as a true freshman in college.
Jackson and the Cardinals took on a stout Texas A&M squad in the 18th edition of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Known for his highlight plays as a dual-threat quarterback in high school, Jackson put on a show for the ages in his first postseason appearance as Louisville's starter.
Jackson accounted for 85 percent of Louisville's offense passing for 227 yards, two touchdowns and rushing for a Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl record 226 yards. He added two more touchdowns on the ground.
Jackson earned MVP honors and put the nation on notice ahead of the next season, where he captured the prestigious Heisman Trophy being recognized as the top player in the country.
Jackson was a first round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2018 NFL Draft and is in his first season as Baltimore's full-time starter. In Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season, Jackson threw for a career high five touchdowns and zero interceptions in Baltimore's 59-10 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Jackson's alma mater comes to town this Saturday, Sept. 14, as Louisville takes on the Hilltoppers from Western Kentucky. Tickets for that game are still available.
This has been a Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Moment. Be a part of the next moment during Nashville's holiday tradition on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium. Tickets for the 2019 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl are on sale now at musiccitybowl.com/tickets.