Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell completed over 62% of his passes while compiling 291 passing yards on the game. Russell found Marcus Green to make it 27-14 and sealed the game late with a touchdown throw to Malcolm Johnson. Dak Prescott also threw two passes, one of them a touchdown to Green. The Bulldog rush attack had some decent push, generating two touchdowns via Josh Robinson and LaDarius Perkins.
Tyler Bray was held in check, completing under 55% of his passes while throwing two touchdowns and one interception. Tennessee did manage to pile up over 213 rushing yards and got a highlight-worthy kickoff return from Cordarrelle Patterson to keep the game close, but it was the Bulldogs who stayed ahead of the Vols for most of the game.