GAMEDAY College Football

Mississippi State 24, North Carolina State 10

Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Lideatrick Griffin returned the opening kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown, and Mississippi State's defense took it from there in a 24-10 win over North Carolina State.

The Bulldogs (2-0) held the Wolfpack (1-1) to 4.5 yards per play - with most of the damage coming in garbage time - and never trailed after Griffin's kick return gave them a 7-0 lead 13 seconds into the contest. Quarterback Will Rogers was 33 of 49 passing for 294 yards and two touchdowns for Mississippi State, and Malik Heath and Jaden Walley each caught scoring passes.

Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Zach Arnett's unit cracked down on a powerful NC State offense. Running backs Zonovan Knight and Ricky Person were held to 50 yards on 16 carries, while quarterback Devin Leary went 30-of-49 passing for 303 yards.

NC State scored its only touchdown with 1:06 left in the game on a 4-yard pass from Leary to Thayer Thomas.

Mississippi State went up 14-3 on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rogers to Heath with 1:09 before halftime. Rogers found Walley for a 4-yard score in the third quarter.

The Wolfpack missed a chance for a tying touchdown in the first quarter when Person's jump pass was intercepted in the end zone by Bulldogs safety Jalen Green.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NCSUMissSt
MissSt TD 14:47 Lideatrick Griffin 100 yd kick return (Brandon Ruiz kick) 0 7
Second Quarter NCSUMissSt
NCSU FG 12:46 Christopher Dunn 45 yd FG 3 7
MissSt TD 1:09 Malik Heath 21 yd pass from Will Rogers (Brandon Ruiz kick) 3 14
Third Quarter NCSUMissSt
MissSt TD 8:59 Jaden Walley 4 yd pass from Will Rogers (Nolan McCord kick) 3 21
Fourth Quarter NCSUMissSt
MissSt FG 12:30 Nolan McCord 32 yd FG 3 24
NCSU TD 1:06 Thayer Thomas 4 yd pass from Devin Leary (Christopher Dunn kick) 10 24
Team Stats
  North Carolina State Mississippi State
First downs 16 15
  Rushing 2 1
  Passing 13 14
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 6-20, 30% 3-13, 23%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 25-32 15-22
Passing Yards 303 294
Return Yards 0 149
Completions-Attempts-Int 30-51-2 33-49-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--31 1--3
Punts 7 7
Punts-Average 43.6 35.9
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-59 9-60
Time of Possession 28:54 31:06
North Carolina State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Leary 30 49 303 1 1
R. Person Jr. 0 1 0 0 1
B. Finley 0 1 0 0 0
Mississippi State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Rogers 33 49 294 2 0
North Carolina State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. Knight 8 31 3.9 0
R. Person Jr. 8 19 2.4 0
B. Speas 0 -1 -∞ 0
J. Houston 1 -2 -2.0 0
D. Leary 8 -15 -1.9 0
Mississippi State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Johnson 6 18 3.0 0
J. Marks 6 11 1.8 0
W. Rogers 2 -5 -2.5 0
North Carolina State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Emezie 6 92 15.3 0
D. Carter 5 79 15.8 0
P. Rooks 2 58 29.0 0
T. Thomas 7 39 5.6 1
R. Person Jr. 3 9 3.0 0
Z. Knight 2 7 3.5 0
D. Parham 1 7 7.0 0
T. Pennix 2 5 2.5 0
C. Riley 1 4 4.0 0
J. Houston 1 3 3.0 0
Mississippi State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Johnson 6 70 11.7 0
A. Williams 3 48 16.0 0
J. Walley 5 44 8.8 1
M. Polk 4 33 8.3 0
M. Heath 2 29 14.5 1
J. Marks 7 28 4.0 0
L. Griffin 3 22 7.3 0
J. Calvin 2 17 8.5 0
R. Thomas 1 3 3.0 0
North Carolina State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Mississippi State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
F. Peters 1 0
J. Green 1 0
North Carolina State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Gill 7 305 43.6
Mississippi State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Day 7 251 35.9
North Carolina State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Mississippi State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Walley 3 31 10.3
A. Williams 2 18 9.0
North Carolina State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Mississippi State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Griffin 1 100 100.0
North Carolina State Missed FG
Player Length
C. Dunn 48
Mississippi State Missed FG
Player Length




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