STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – 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 held the Wolfpack to 4.5 yards per play.
Quarterback Will Rogers was 33-for-49 passing for 294 yards and two touchdowns for Mississippi State.
N.C. State scored its only touchdown with 1:06 left in the game on a 4-yard pass from Leary to Thayer Thomas.