NC State started the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Richard Washington, to give NC State a 7-0 lead. Bill Whittemore threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Charles Gordon to tie the game at 7. Later in the first quarter, Philip Rivers threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Washington, and NC State reclaimed the lead at 14-7. T.A. McLendon scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to increase NC State's lead to 21-7.
In the second quarter, John Beck hit a 28-yard field goal to get Kansas to within 21-10. Philip Rivers threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to T.A. McLendon, to give NC State a 28-10 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Whittemore hit Gordon on an 11-yard touchdown pass making it 28-17. NC State answered with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Brian Clark, making the lead 35-17.
Reggie Davis scored on a 10-yard touchdown run increasing State's lead to 42-17. John Beck kicked a 39-yard field goal for Kansas making the score 35-20. Bill Whittemore then scored on a 9-yard touchdown run, making the score 42-26. NC State scored the final two touchdowns of the game making the final margin 56-26.