1995 Peach Bowl Recap
NC State 28, Mississippi State 24
NC State tied the school record for victories in a season with its ninth win, a 28-24 upset of Mississippi State in the Peach Bowl. The Wolfpack persevered by finding a way to stop the Bulldogs' massive offensive line and by staving off a rally that would have given Mississippi State a lead in the closing minutes of the contest.
Winning the toss, the Bulldogs set the tone with its huge offensive line, which led them down the field for a field goal less than three minutes into the game.
The Pack responded with a sustained drive of its own, going 80 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown. Tailback Tremayne Stephens, who would earn Offensive MVP honors after rushing for 105 yards on the day, had gains of 12 and 14 yards in the push, then capped the drive by taking Terry Harvey's pitch the final two yards for the touchdown. The Steve Videtich PAT was good, and the Pack was on top 7-3.
Mississippi State once again used its massive offensive line to full advantage to pick its way 76 yards to NC State's 10. The Pack defense dug in there and held the Bulldogs to a 21-yard field goal.
NC State wasted little time on their next possession, using only 1:39 off the clock. Videtich extended the Pack's lead back to four, 10-6, by hitting a 45-yard field goal.
Mississippi State, undaunted, marched 78 yards in 12 plays to regain the lead. Running back Michael Davis went 11 yards into the end zone for the touchdown and a 13-10 advantage. The Bulldogs missed a golden opportunity after intercepting the Pack on its next possession. Three plays netted negative five yards, and Mississippi State failed to capitalize off the turnover when Rogers' 49-yard attempt sailed wide left.
With the momentum and determined not to be behind at halftime, the Wolfpack got the ball back with 5:27 left on the clock. Videtich connected on a 36-yard attempt with just eight seconds remaining in the half, tying the game at 13.
By all indications, NC State appeared to fall apart at the start of the second half. On their first possession, the Pack was unable to gain enough yards for a first down and was forced to punt. A high snap allowed Andre Bennett to block the punt attempt. The Pack's Adrian Hill was able to land on the ball near the goal line, but his momentum carried him into the end zone where the Bulldogs were awarded a safety.
From there, the Bulldogs added two more third-period field goals - 29 and 36 yards - by Rogers, the second coming after a Wolfpack turnover. Mississippi State now had a 21-13 lead with 8:36 remaining in the third quarter.
NC State managed to refind itself, though, and just as it had all season, they began chipping away at their opponent's lead. They went 69 yards in 16 plays for a three-yard, Harvey-to-Dallas Dickerson scoring play. Harvey then followed with a key two-point conversion and a 21-21 deadlock.
The Pack's defense held the Bulldogs to end the quarter, and NC State opened the fourth period by scoring quickly. The offense traveled 80 yards in four plays, one of which was a 62-yard pass play from Harvey to Jimmy Grissett. Carlos King then took the pitch from Harvey and covered the final 11 yards for the score. Videtich split the uprights, giving the Pack a 28-21 lead.
Mississippi State took over the ball, but the Wolfpack's defense took over the game. The Bulldogs had four drives to mount a comeback in the final 13 minutes, but could manage just four total first downs and one more field goal by Rogers, a 30-yarder.
Due largely to Defensive MVPs Damien Covington and Carl Reeves, Mississippi State was zero for seven on third-down conversions in the second half and zero for one on a fourth-down attempt. That final one came with 1:08 left on the clock. Derrick Taite's pass on fourth and 19 fell off target, giving NC State the ball and the 28-24 victory.
MSU Rogers 37-yard FG