WATCH GAME HIGHLIGHTS
By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Tyler Russell recorded three touchdown passes and Mississippi State broke a four-game losing streak to SEC West rival Auburn with a 28-10 week two win. The Bulldogs’ offense proved to be too much for Auburn, as MSU outgained the Tigers by 172 yards on the afternoon.
After spotting the Tigers a 3-0 lead, Russell found Marcus Green streaking down the seam for a 30-yard touchdown strike to put Mississippi State in front midway through the second quarter.
Despite being outgained 157 yards to 65 by Mississippi State in the opening half, Auburn only faced a 7-3 deficit heading into the break, thanks in part to two failed field goal attempts by MSU.
The Tigers started the second half with a bang to regain the lead when Onterio McCalebb took a kickoff 100 yards to the house to open up the third quarter, but that momentum didn’t last long. Russell responded with two third quarter touchdown passes to put MSU in control, and LaDarius Perkins rounded out the scoring in the fourth with a 21-yard scoring run.
It was another tough day for the Auburn offense, which was held under 100 total yards until the fourth quarter. The Tigers’ defense, which allowed Clemson’s Andre Ellington 9.2 yards per carry last week, surrendered 166 yards on the ground in Starkville.
Passing – Tyler Russell, 20-of-29, 222 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – LaDarius Perkins, 14 car, 83 yards, TD
Receiving – Marcus Green, 4 rec, 54 yards, 2 TD
Passing – Kiehl Frazier, 13-of-22, 125 yards, 3 INT
Rushing – Mike Blakely, 11 car, 42 yards
Receiving – Quan Bray, 6 rec, 50 yards