Mississippi State took a 2-1 lead after the break, getting goals in 61st and 73rd minutes from Ferguson and Jessica Davis, respectively. Ferguson punched in a header off Mariclaire Fancher's serve across the box, while Davis ' header knocked in a Katie Lynn Harden pass.
Tennessee (4-3-2, 0-1-1 SEC) took all of 1:51 after Davis' score to tie up the match at 2-2. Sophomore forward Kylee Rossi sprinted past the Bulldog defense and scored against MSU goalkeeper Taryn Holland for her second goal of the season.
The Lady Vols took the initial lead with eight seconds to spare before the halftime buzzer. Freshman defender Sarah Jackyra controlled a failed clearance from the MSU defense and put the 24-yard shot past Bulldog starting netminder Stephanie Davis for her first career goal.
The Orange and White had multiple chances to tie at the end of regulation. In the 86th minute, senior midfielder Ali Christoph had a shot blocked. Junior defender Jordan Falcusan tried to put in the rebound, but the Mississippi State defense saved it at the post. A minute later, UT had chances again inside the penalty box. Rossi tried to chip a shot over Holland, but the goalkeeper was able to bat the ball away. Sophomore midfielder Leslie Vineyard attempted a shot on the rebound, but it was blocked by the defense.
Overall, the Lady Vols had a 13-7 advantage in shots and an 8-2 edge in corner kicks. The loss ends the program's 12-match unbeaten streak in the Magnolia State, which included Tennessee's 2002 SEC title run. Also stopped was UT's four-match winning streak over the Bulldogs and a five-match unbeaten streak in the SEC. The 0-1-1 start in the league is the worst in the 11-year history of Tennessee soccer.
Tennessee closes out its six-match road trip next weekend at South Carolina and Florida .
UT: Sarah Jackyra (unassisted), 44:52; Kylee Rossi (unassisted), 74:30.
MSU: Treena Ferguson (Mariclaire Fancher), 60:20; Jessica Davis (Katie Lynn Harden), 72:39; Treena Ferguson (Bethany Frazier), 84:13.
Shots: Tennessee 13, Mississippi State 7.
Corner Kicks: Tennessee 8, Mississippi State 2.
Goalkeeper Stats: Jaimel Johnson (UT) 1 save, 3 goals, 90:00; Stephanie Dallas (MSU), 2 saves, 1 goal, 45:00; Taryn Holland (MSU), 2 saves, 1 goal, 45:00.
Fouls: Mississippi State 7, Tennessee 4.
Offsides: Mississippi State 1, Tennessee 1.
Tennessee: Jaimel Johnson (GK), Sarah Jackyra (D), Jenny Jeffers (D), Kristen Doukakis (M), Emily Redberg (F), Kylee Rossi (F), Mick Imgram (F), Erica Griffin (D), Leslie Vineyard (M), Jordan Falcusan (D), Ali Christoph (M).
Reserves: Sarah Van Sickle, Hayley Prendergast, Mia Boyd.
Mississippi State: Stephanie Davis (GK), Brandi Parker (F), Sara Moore (D), Mariclaire Fancher (M), Katie Lynn Harden (M), Meredith Jacobson (D), Treena Ferguson (F), Kevyn Shelledy (M), Bethany Frazier (D), Hannah Tyler (D), Heather Buttrey (D).
Reserves: Tayrn Holland, Mary Kate Ayers, Heidi Ondra, Jessica Davis, Caitlin Gallagher, Marlyce Stein, Andrea Harrison.
Tennessee: Leslie Vineyard 3, Kylee Rossi 2, Ali Christoph 2, Mick Imgram 2, Jordan Falcusan 2, Sarah Jackyra 1, Sarah Van Sickle 1.
Mississippi State: Treena Ferguson 4, Kevyn Shelledy 1, Caitlin Gallagher 1, Jessica Davis 1.