October 13, 2012

Mississippi State remains unbeaten

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- No. 19 Mississippi State had its best offensive first half against a Southeastern Conference opponent in 18 years, and it was just enough to hold off Tennessee 41-31 Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium.

The Bulldogs rolled up 293 yards and 19 first downs to take a 27-14 halftime lead, then sealed the win with a late touchdown in the waning moments.

Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 SEC) amassed 450 yards of offense, including 308 through the air.

"That was a heck of a ballgame," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We knew it was going to be a four quarter battle all the way through especially with the offensive firepower that they have. I'm proud of how our guys played. I thought we came out and played a great first half on both sides of the ball."

Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell had a career game, completing 23 of 37 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns.

"I think overall we did what we needed to do," Russell said. "I think we showed people that we are for real."

Teammate LaDarius Perkins rushed 23 times for 101 yards and a score.

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