After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan's Tyrone Wheatley scored on a 26-yard rushing touchdown, and Michigan led 7–0. Derrick Alexander returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown, making it 14–0. Quarterback Todd Collins threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer, making the score Michigan 21, NC State 0 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Michigan returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown to lead 28–0. Tyrone Wheatley added an 18-yard touchdown run to make it 35–0. NC State got its only touchdown on a 12-yard touchdown pass, making it 35–7. Michigan closed the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown run by Powers, making the final score 42–7.