Starkville, Miss. • Tyler Russell threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, LaDarius Perkins added 101 yards rushing and a touchdown and No. 19 Mississippi State beat Tennessee 41-31 on Saturday night.
Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) continued its best start since 1999. The Bulldogs led 27-14 at halftime, but the Volunteers rallied to cut the margin to 34-31 by midway through the fourth quarter.
Russell sealed the victory with a 9-yard pass to Malcolm Johnson with 9 seconds remaining. The junior quarterback completed 23 of 37 passes and set career highs in completions, attempts and passing yards.