Mississippi State and NC State have both arrived at a wet and nasty Bank of America Stadium for today’s Belk Bowl. It’s going to be a soggy one today as you will see on ESPN. Carrie Underwood is currently outside the stadium putting on a concert and I’m in the press box drying off. I’ll be here throughout the duration so stay tuned for updates.
Long snapper Winston Chapman has cleats on as the specialists begin to warm up. No word yet if he’s been cleared to play or not.
Center Jamaal Clayborn has been ruled out for today’s game with an injury to his right foot. Justin Malone will start at center, Devon Desper will move to left guard and Deion Calhoun will start at right guard.
Gerri Green will start at outside linebacker for J.T. Gray.
Jamoral Graham tossing a football into the stands to warm up with fans.
NC State is wearing grey and red helmets, white jerseys and black pants.
NC State’s band trying to show out during pregame but keep on busting it on the slick surface.
MSU is wearing glossy maroon helmets with white facemasks, maroon jerseys and grey pants.
MSU won the toss and elected to defer to the second half.
Gerri Green intercepts Jacoby Brissett on the first play from scrimmage.
MSU’s first play from scrimmage is an incomplete pass.
Dak Prescott with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Fred Ross. Westin Graves PAT, 7-0 MSU 13:33 1st.
Graham downs a punt inside the 1-yard line.
NC State attempts a reverse pass but Cory Thomas is there to get a sack.
On the next play, Brandon Bryant with an outstanding one-handed interception of Brissett.
Prescott with a 28-yard touchdown pass to De’Runnya Wilson. Graves PAT, 14-0 MSU 3:31 1st
END 1ST QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 14, NC STATE 0
MSU gets a stop on 4th-and-1 at the 32 yard line after review.
Ross with a 33-yard touchdown run on a reverse. Graves PAT, 21-0 MSU 12:17 2nd
Beniquez Brown with a sack.
Blown coverage leads to an 82-yard touchdown from Brissett to Pharoah McKever. Kyle Bambard PAT, 21-7 MSU 11:16 2nd
Prescott intercepted by Niles Clark.
Jaylen Samuels with a 48-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-1. Bambard PAT, 21-14 MSU 6:43 2nd.
Nick Fitzgerald in at quarterback for one play. Prescott back in.
Prescott with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Wilson. Review rules him down at the 1-yard line however.
Prescott fumbled into the end zone where Malone recovers for the touchdown. Graves PAT, 28-14 MSU 3:18 2nd.
Richie Brown with a sack.
Clayborn is on the sidelines with a crutch under his left arm.
Graves with a 39-yard field goal, 31-14 MSU 0:14 2nd
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 31, NC STATE 14
Key halftime stats:
1st downs: NCST 8, MSU 16
Rushing yards: NCST 119, MSU 98
Passing yards: NCST 114, MSU 224
Total yards: NCST 233, MSU 322
Turnovers: NCST 2, MSU 1
Penalties: NCST 1-15, MSU 3-30
Possession time: NCST 15:49, MSU 14:11
Rushing: NCST- Jaylen Samuels 2-52-TD, MSU – Fred Ross 1-33-TD
Passing: NCST – Jacoby Brissett 3-9-114-1-2; MSU – Dak Prescott 13-19-224-2-1
Receiving: NCST – Pharoah McKever 1-82-TD; MSU – De’Runnya Wilson 4-84-TD
Tackles: NCST – Josh Jones 8 tackles; MSU – Chris Jones 5, Richie Brown 5, Gerri Green 5
Chapman is dressed out for today’s game.
3-and-out for MSU to start the second half.
Ross muffs a punt and it was recovered by NC State for the score. Ref immediately threw a flag for interference.
Brissett with a 3-yard touchdown run. Bambard PAT, 31-21 MSU 7:20 3rd.
Prescott with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Holloway. Graves missed the extra point, 37-21 MSU 1:16 3rd.
Beniquez Brown with his second sack.
END 3RD QUARTER: MISSISSIPPI STATE 37, NC STATE 21
Belk Bowl is playing “Don’t Stop Believing” to start the 4th quarter
J.T. Gray blows up a block attempt for a sack.
Paid attendance: 46,423
Prescott with a perfect over the shoulder pass to Holloway for a 55-yard touchdown. Graves PAT, 44-21 9:41 4th.
Former MSU commitment Tyler Jones flagged for illegal hands to the face.
Fred Ross just went over 1,000 yards for the season. Prescott has set all sorts of records in this game.
Aeris Williams with a 32-yard touchdown run. Graves PAT, 51-21 MSU 5:38 4th
Samuels with a 1-yard touchdown on 4th down. Bambard PAT, 51-28 MSU 0:45 4th
Prescott comes off the field one final time and receives a standing ovation.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 51, NC STATE 28
Prescott named Belk Bowl MVP.