The NC State Wolfpack finished their season with a forgetful afternoon in Charlotte.
The bad weather foretold what a miserable day this was going to be for the Wolfpack. All the signs were there signaling the 52 – 28 beating that was to come. The only thing the Pack had going their way was the semblance of a home game being just 2 ½ hours from Raleigh. However, the visiting Bulldogs ignored that advantage and took it to the Wolfpack from the very beginning, jumping out to a 21-0 lead. NC State’s best hope, red-shirt senior Jacoby Brissett, aided the Bulldogs from the onset when he threw an interception on the very first offensive play of the game…something Brissett rarely does. In 12 previous games this season, Brissett had only thrown four interceptions. On this day, Brissett threw two interceptions in the Pack’s first three possessions.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs took full advantage and put an old-fashioned whipping on Dave Doeren’s NC State team. MSU quarterback Dak Prescott showed why he will be NFL bound this spring as he laid the lumber to the Pack, by ground and by air to the tune of 380 passing yards (4 TD’s) and 47 rushing. The 380 yards passing was a Belk Bowl record.
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Prescott said, “I wanted to make sure the last time I was wearing maroon and white that people remember me as a winner.”
The Belk Bowl MVP became only the fourth player in FBS history to throw for 9,000 yards and run for 2,500 yards in their college career.
HALFTIME: Mississippi State 31 – NC State 14
Unless you’re a Duke Blue Devil fan, in-state football fans have had a rough two-day stretch. On Tuesday, UNC got embarrassed by Baylor giving up a whopping 645 rushing and 756 total yards in a non-overtime game!
There is no sugar-coating this season for the Wolfpack though. NC State finishes the 2015 campaign with a 7-6 record. The Pack blew an opportunity secure a second straight eight-win season. More glaring is the fact that NC State did not defeat a single FBS team with a winning record. I like Dave Doeren, but clever scheduling will only get you so far. After a while everyone….and I mean everyone will recognize that smoke and mirrors just don’t impress.
Maybe next year.
- Mississippi State would end up with 189 yards rushing and 380 passing for 569 yards of total offense.
- NC State had 210 yards rushing and 214 yards passing for 424 yards of total offense. While the Pack did not exactly stink up the joint offensively, the turnovers were killer. They came at pivotal times and were momentum changers.
- In his final games as a Wolfpacker, Brissett rushed for 94 yards on 26 carries. He was 12 of 28 for 214 yards (1 TD and 2 INT)
- Nyheim Hines rushed for 70 yards on 13 carries.
- Jumichael Ramos had 5 catches for 75 yards.