March 12, 1892: The North Carolina A&M football team squares off against a team from the
1893: The A&M "Farmers" play their first college game against
1895: North Carolina A&M, under the direction of Coach Bart Gatling, dons red and white uniforms for the first time.
November 8, 1902: The Farmers battle to a 0-0 tie against the well-established powerhouse from
October 1, 1906: The Farmers use a new "trick play" in a 39-0 victory over Randolph-Macon at the Fair Grounds: the forward pass.
September 1907: The Farmers play their first game at the
1909: Season tickets are sold for the first time. The price for five games? $2!
1910: The Farmers post a 4-0-2 record and win the South Atlantic Championship.
November 4, 1911: A scoreboard is installed at the A&M Athletic Field. The scoreboard informs the crowd which team has possession, the down and distance and the score.
1913: The Farmers posts a 6-1 record and win another South Atlantic Championship.
October 23, 1919: State and
1921: State joins the Southern Conference and begins to wear red sweaters instead of white sweaters. Local newspapers begin referring to the squad as the Wolfpack for the first time.
1927: State wins its first official conference title (Southern Conference) with a 9-1 record.
September, 1930: NC State opens the 1930 season by playing its first night game. Under the newly installed lights of Riddick Stadium, the Pack defeats
1937: NC State's new coach, “Doc”
1943: With every man over 18 who is fit for service inducted into the military, Coach Doc Newton doesn’t have much to work with. To make matters worse, State hosts Army officer trainees and the Army won’t allow its cadets to compete in intercollegiate athletics.
November 10, 1945: Howard “Touchdown” Turner returns an interception 105 yards against Duke, the longest play in NC State history.
October 8, 1946: The Wolfpack appears in the UPI poll (19th) for the first time after a 14-7 win over Clemson.
January 1, 1947: The Wolfpack is invited to play in the second-annual Gator Bowl contest in
October 23, 1948: The Wolfpack squad flies to an away game for the first time, bringing home a 7-0 win from
October 21, 1950: The Wolfpack appears on television for the first time. The Dumont Network regionally televises a 16-13 NC State victory at eighth-ranked
1952: The Southern Conference bans schools from playing in bowl games and limits squads to just 40 players for conference games.
1953: NC State joins the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference. There is no league champion in the first year, but the ACC signs an agreement to send a conference school to the Orange Bowl for the next two years.
September 18, 1954: Earle Edwards coaches his first game at NC State, a 21-30 loss at Virginia Tech. Edwards would go on to win five ACC titles during his 17 seasons with the program and put NC State on the map in the college football scene. [Read more about Edwards here and here.]
November 23, 1957: Dick Christy scores all 29 of NC State's points in a 29-26 victory at
November 28, 1961: Quarterback Roman Gabriel completes 17-22 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-14 win over
November 22, 1963: NC State clinches a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship with a win over
November 13, 1965: NC State plays its last game in Riddick Stadium, defeating
October 8, 1966: NC State plays its first game in the new Carter Stadium, losing 21-31 to
October 7, 1967: The Pack, with its "White Shoes" defense, upsets second-ranked
November 24, 1971: Thirty-four-year-old Lou Holtz is named head coach for the Wolfpack. Freshmen are eligible for the first time since World War II.
November 18, 1978: Ted Brown’s #23 jersey is retired prior to a 24-10 win over Duke. Brown finishes his career with 4,602 yards, setting an ACC record that still stands.
November 17, 1979: NC State defeats Duke, 28-7, to claim the ACC title.
September 6, 1986: Head Coach Dick Sheridan and the diamond logo make their NC State debut, as NC State defeats
1991: NC State football celebrates its 100th birthday with a 9-3 record, a final AP ranking (24th), a second-place finish in the ACC, and its fourth consecutive trip to a bowl.
January 1, 1995: NC State makes its seventh consecutive bowl appearance, defeating
September 12, 1998: The Wolfpack upsets No. 2 Florida State, 24-9, at Carter-Finley Stadium, marking the first victory over a team ranked that high since a 1967 victory second-ranked
January 6, 2000: Chuck Amato is named the 32nd head coach in NC State history, returning to his alma mater after 18 years at
November 10, 2001: With a 34-28 victory, NC State becomes the first league team to win at
October 26, 2002: With a 38-6 win at Clemson before a national, ESPN Thursday night audience, the Wolfpack runs its record to 9-0, the best start in school history. That mark ties the longest win streak in school history.
January 1, 2003: The Wolfpack completes the winningest season in school history (11-3) with a 28-6 win over Notre Dame in the Toyota Gator Bowl.
April 25, 2003: The
November 22, 2003: Philip Rivers’ jersey is retired before the Pack’s final game. Rivers finished his career ranked second in NCAA history with 13,484 passing yards and 13,582 yards of total offensive, both ACC records. He was named the 2003 ACC Player of the Year after setting an NCAA Division I record for career starts by a quarterback with 51.
March 14, 2004: Demolition begins on the old press box to make way for
November 27, 2004: NC State plays its season finale and becomes just the third team in ACC history to lead the NCAA in total defense, giving up just 221.4 yards per game.
December 31, 2005: NC State caps off its season with a 14-0 shutout of
April 29, 2006: The Wolfpack's Mario Williams becomes the first player in ACC history to be selected as the number-one pick in the NFL draft. Williams, who was selected by the Houston Texans, was one of three NC State players taken in the first round.
December 9, 2006: Tom O'Brien is introduced as NC State's 33rd head coach. O'Brien says his goal is to make the Wolfpack champions in the classroom, in the community and on the football field.
April, 2007: O'Brien holds the first reunion weekend for all former NC State football players, in conjunction with the Red & White Spring Game. More than 300 former Wolfpack players attend the inaugural event. More than 400 attended the 2008 reunion.