A glance back at the first time the Wolfpack went bowling

December 6, 2011
By Bill Krueger

1947-gater-bowlWe all know by now that NC State will be playing Louisville in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 27.

But did you know that 65 years ago today, NC State accepted its first bid to a bowl game?

On Dec. 6, 1946, NC State accepted an invitation to play in the second Gator Bowl, in Jacksonville, Florida, according to a history of NC State maintained by NCSU Libraries. The Wolfpack faced Oklahoma in a New Year’s Day game in front of 10,134 spectators.

Hopefully, the results will be better for this year’s team. The Wolfpack, led by Coach Beattie Feathers, lost the 1947 Gator Bowl.

Here’s an additional bit of trivia for all you ACC football fans: Wake Forest played in the first-ever Gator Bowl, defeating South Carolina.


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