NC State held Mississippi State to just one touchdown and five field goals on six Bulldog drives that reached the Wolfpack red zone during the game. Leading 13-10, the Bulldogs went three-and-out and missed a field goal late in the second quarter. The Wolfpack got the ball back and tied the game at 13 going into halftime.
After MSU picked up a safety and two field goals early in the third quarter, NC State tied the game at 21 on a touchdown pass from Terry Harvey to Dallas Dickerson and a two-point run by Harvey. After a three-and-out by MSU, Harvey led the Wolfpack on an 80-yard scoring drive to open the fourth quarter, largely based on a 62-yard pass to Jimmy Grissett, capped by a Carlos King 11-yard touchdown run.
On four subsequent drives over the balance of the fourth quarter, Mississippi State managed only four first downs and a field goal. The Bulldogs went 0-for-7 on third-down conversions and 0-for-1 on fourth-down tries in the second half.
With the win, NC State tied a school record with nine wins.