Mississippi State 28-9
UT was unbeaten
Bulldogs lost three starting backs during the game.
State had 428 yards in total offense and forced five Vol turnovers. Mardye McDole of the Bulldogs caught scoring passes of 33 and 28 yards, the first from Tony Black, who set up another TD with a 57-yard run before leaving with a shoulder injury late in the first half.
- Sports Illustrated. 15 Oct 1979.