Top 25 football • Mississippi State is off to its best start since 1999.
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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.
Tennessee's Tyler Bray completed 13 of 24 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee lost for the first time in the series since 1994, snapping a six-game winning streak.
Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Volunteers (3-3, 0-3) have lost all three games to ranked opponents.