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Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-6)


Sat. 11/20 Thu. 11/25 Tue. 12/28
vs. TennSt
W 55-10
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vs. Miss
L 21-31
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@ TxTch
L 7-34
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Smith leads Texas Tech past Leach's Bulldogs in Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Donovan Smith threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, and Texas Tech beat Mississippi State 34-7 in the Liberty Bowl on Tuesday night.

Tahj Brooks rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown and SaRodorick Thompson ran for 80 yards and a score for the Red Raiders (7-6), who finished with a winning record for the first time since 2015. They were appearing in their first bowl game since 2017.

Mississippi State (7-6) fell short in coach Mike Leach's first game against a former program of his. Leach, who went 84-43 at Texas Tech from 2000-09, failed to become the first Bulldogs coach to end each of his first two seasons with a bowl victory. Mississippi State was playing in its 12th straight bowl game.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: W. Rogers4739
Passing TDs: W. Rogers36
Rushing Yards: D. Johnson485
Rushing TDs: J. Marks6
Receiving Yards: M. Polk1046
Receiving TDs: M. Polk9
Interceptions: E. Forbes3
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/4 vs. Louisiana Tech W 35 - 34
9/11 vs. North Carolina State W 24 - 10
9/18 at Memphis L 29 - 31
9/25 vs. LSU L 25 - 28
10/2 at 15 Texas A&M W 26 - 22
10/16 vs. 5 Alabama L 9 - 49
10/23 at Vanderbilt W 45 - 6
10/30 vs. 12 Kentucky W 31 - 17
11/6 at Arkansas L 28 - 31
11/13 at 17 Auburn W 43 - 34
11/20 vs. Tennessee State W 55 - 10
11/25 vs. 9 Ole Miss L 21 - 31
12/28 at Texas Tech L 7 - 34
Southeastern
East
  Conference Overall
3 Georgia 8-0 14-1
22 Kentucky 5-3 10-3
Tennessee 4-4 7-6
Missouri 3-5 6-7
South Carolina 3-5 7-6
Florida 2-6 6-7
Vanderbilt 0-8 2-10
West
  Conference Overall
1 Alabama 7-1 13-2
8 Mississippi 6-2 10-3
21 Arkansas 4-4 9-4
Mississippi State 4-4 7-6
25 Texas A&M 4-4 8-4
Auburn 3-5 6-7
LSU 3-5 6-7
Offense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 5739 (36)
Passing Yards: 4918 (4)
Rushing Yards: 821 (136)
Points per game: 29.1 (64)
Yards per game: 441.5 (30)
Touchdowns: 47 (53)
Field Goals: 14 (72)
Defense (FBS Rank)
Yards: 4485 (38)
Passing Yards: 3013 (86)
Rushing Yards: 1472 (13)
Points per game: 25.9 (66)
Yards per game: 345.0 (31)
Touchdowns: 36 (51)
Field Goals: 17 (104)
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