O.M. Gardner becames team captain of the A & M football team. He later became governor of North Carolina.
The first on-campus football game is played at the new athletic field that would later become Riddick Stadium. The game ends for A & M College with a 20-0 victory over Randolph-Macon College, securing the Southern Intercollegiate Association championship for A & M, with six wins and one tie.
Dave Robertson played on the football, basketball, and track teams; however he was best known for baseball. He set the school record in April 1911, striking out 23 batters in one game. The record was not broken until 2009. He went on to play nine seasons in the National Baseball League, from 1912 to 1922.
Riddick Field was named for Wallace Carl Riddick, a former president of the college and dean of the School of Engineering.
The nickname "Wolfpack" was first used for the football team. One story has an alumnus writing to the Technician complaining that the football team was "unruly as a pack of wolves."
McDowall played on the football, men's basketball, baseball, and track & field teams, earning 11 varsity letters in the four sports. In 1927 and 1928 he won the Norris Athletic Trophy as NC State's top athlete. He holds the school record for the longest punt return, 95 yards. He is considered NC State's top athlete of the first half-century of the college's athletics program. He was named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1965, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975, and NC State's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Court of Customs sentenced a freshman football player to wear a dress for every day he didn't wear his freshman cap. The incident sets off a wave of protests from the freshman class and a campus-wide debate over continuance of the freshman cap custom.
Gurneau (part Ojibwe) was a star athlete in football, basketball, track, and wrestling. He intercepted and ran 65 yards for a touchdown versus Carolina in November of 1930. The Technician student newspaper nicknamed him "Big Indian."
The first evening football game is played on campus, a 37-0 victory over High Point.
State College ties the University of Florida, 0-0, in the first football game held at Riddick Field with its new concrete stands. The field was named for college president Wallace Carl Riddick.
Mechanical engineering student Ira Helms, Jr., created a robot-like Wolfpack mascot costume worn to football games during the 1946 season. One student wore the costume, while another walked behind with a "remote control" that appears to control the "robot's" movements.
All NC State athletics teams adopt Wolfpack as the official name. Previously only the football team was called the Wolfpack, and other sports teams were called the Red Terrors.
Dick Christy was the 1957 ACC Player of the Year for the football team and 1958 ACC Athlete of the Year. His no. 40 jersey was retired after his time at NCSU. In 1958, he was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Murphy graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Education. He later served in the North Carolina House of Representatives and the NC Senate. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the NC governor. In 1999 he received the Watauga Medal, NC State University's highest honor. He was a Wolfpack Club member for more than 50 years, and he served as president of its board of directors. The Murphy Football Center is named for him, and he made significant contributions to the athletics program. He was inducted into the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Football team quarterback Roman Gabriel is selected as a second-team All-American. He was selected for his second All-American a yar later. After leaving NC State he joined the NFL, playing 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player of 1969. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.
The final football game is played in Riddick Stadium. Members of the football team mob Harold Deters after he kicks the winning field goal against Florida State, resulting in a final score of 3-0.
The stadium was dedicated at the NC State versus University of South Carolina football game.
As a football defensive player, Byrd became a two-time All American (in 1966 and 1967). He was a member of the "White Shoes" defense that helped the Wolfpack achieve the rank of No. 3 in the 1967 season and win the Liberty Bowl. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010, and the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
The football team had 8 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie in 1967. During the season, the team became known for its "White Shoes Defense," holding opponents to less than nine points per game. The team later went on to win the Liberty Bowl.
Edwards stepped down as head football coach after leading the Wolfpack for 17 seasons, making him the university's longest serving football coach. During his tenure the football team racked up 5 ACC championships and played its first games in Carter-Finley Stadium. In the 1967 season Edwards coached NC State to its first bowl victory (Liberty Bowl) and its highest ever football ranking (No. 2). He was a four-time ACC Coach of the Year. In 2013 he was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame.
Lou Holtz is hired as the new head football coach, replacing Al Michaels.
The NC State Football teams record during the 1972 season was 8 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, and a victory in the Peach Bowl.
NC State quarterback Bruce Shaw passes for 294 yards against Wake Forest, breaking the team's previous record for single-game passing yardage.
Jack McDowall ('28) was the first NC State student athlete inducted (posthumously) into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Football player Jim Richter won the Outland Trophy, which is presented each year to the nation's premier college offensive lineman. That same year he also helped NC State capture the ACC championship. After leaving State he played 16 seasons for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons. He was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame in 2012.
Peebles received this ACC track and field honor two years in a row 1985 and 1986. He was a nine-time track and field All American and nine-time ACC champion. He was one of the winners of the 1985 NCAA championship in the 4x100m relay. He was a member of track and field teams that won ACC Outdoor Championships (1985-1988) and Indoor Championships (1988). The 1988 team had the school's highest track and field finish in history. Peebles was also a member of the football team, and he played in the 1988 Peach Bowl Championship. After leaving NC State he played 3 seasons in the NFL. He was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame in 2014.
Torry Holt played as wide receiver with the football team from 1995 to 1998. He holds numerous school records, and his No. 81 jersey was retired in 1999. He joined the Saint Louis Rams and became a 2000 Super Bowl champion.
After an overtime football victory over Georgia Tech at Carter-Finley Stadium, NC State students tear down a goalpost and carry it down Hillsborough Street towards campus, making it as far the Waffle House; the goalpost costs $5,000 to replace.
Football quarterback Philip Rivers was chosen as Male Athlete of the Year. He was rookie of the year in 2000 and a four-time bowl MVP for two Tangerine Bowls, the Gator Bowl, and the Senior Bowl. His jersey was retired in 2003 and he joined the NFL as quarterback of the San Diego Chargers in 2004.
Williams was on the All-ACC, 2004 (1st-team) and 2005 (1st team), 2004 Freshman All-American, 2005 Sports Illustrated 1st team All-American, 2005 Walter Camp 2nd team All-American, and 2005 Team MVP. He was the first ACC player ever selected as the first pick in the NFL draft, he was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2006.
Three hundred students held a Blackout protesting African American lives lost in police shootings in Charlotte, NC, and Tulsa, OK. The protest began in Wolf Plaza and moved into Talley Student Center, where students performed a die-in. On Oct. 1, seventy students protested at Carter-Finley Stadium during a football game.