Mississippi State will make a school-record sixth consecutive bowl appearance, facing NC State in the 14th annual Belk Bowl at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
MSU (8-4, 4-4 SEC) is making its 19th overall bowl appearance dating back to 1937. Senior quarterback Dak Prescott leads the Bulldogs into Charlotte in his final game. Prescott has shattered 38 school records and is one of only four players in FBS history to throw for 60 touchdowns and rush for 40 touchdowns.
NC State enters the game after compiling a 7-5 overall record and a 3-5 mark in ACC play.
"This is a great opportunity for our team and our fans to cap off the 2015 season at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte for the first time," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "This senior class is the second-winningest in school history and they have been to a bowl game every year. We want to send them out the right way for everything they have done for our program. We look forward to seeing our Bulldog fans take over Charlotte in what will be a fun week."
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Seven-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will be the headline act at the 2015 Belk Bowl FanFest. Free to the public on gameday, FanFest opens at 10 a.m. with the performance scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
MSU and NC State are meeting for the first time since the 1995 Peach Bowl, which resulted in a 29-25 Wolfpack win in Atlanta. NC State lead the all-time series, 3-2.
"On behalf of everyone at Mississippi State, we are excited to accept our sixth-straight bowl bid, this time to the 2015 Belk Bowl," said MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin. "It's appropriate that one of the winningest senior classes in Bulldog history will wrap up their MSU careers in one of America's great cities, against a quality ACC opponent in NC State."