"It all starts with the offensive line," said Tate, who finished with 157 yards rushing, including a 35-yard touchdown scamper, on 20 carries despite not getting his first carry until the second quarter.
With a game-high total for his career, Tate moved into 10th place on Auburn's all-time rushing list. He passed James Bostic and Kenny Irons with 2,233 career rushing yards.
"As a team we had over 300 yards rushing again and close to 400 this time," Tate said with a smile and an ice bag draped over his left shoulder. "That's an amazing feat."
After rushing for 301 yards against Louisiana Tech in the opener last week, the Tigers finished with 390 yards on the ground against Mississippi State, a much more physical team than Mississippi State.
In other news and notes:
*Mississippi State failed to complete a pass in the first quarter. The Bulldogs first completion came on its first series of the third quarter. The Tyson Lee to Brandon McRae pass went for a 20-yard gain to the Auburn 15 when the Tigers' Demond Washington went for an interception and McRae slipped down the sidelines for the key first down that led to the Bulldogs' first touchdown.
Auburn had its first three-and-out early in the second quarter, ending a run of 15 drives without a three-and-out.
The 28 first-half points by the Tigers were the most in a first half since 28 against Vanderbilt in 2007.
Versatile Kodi Burns registered his first pass reception after moving from quarterback to wide receiver/wildcat quarterback in preseason practice. The pass from Chris Todd was for two yards. Burns went on to have a huge night with three short touchdown runs and a touchdown pass out of the wildcat formation.
The Tigers opened the game with twin return men for punts with Mario Fannin and Demond Washington deep. Later in the contest, Washington dropped back as a single return man , then was rejoined by Fannin when the Tigers returned to twin returners.