Today in NC State History: Fate delivers victory, baby to Pack

September 28, 2012
By Chris Saunders

PrintNC State had been trying to defeat Duke in football for 13 years. Not one of those contests had resulted in a red-and-white victory party.  And there the Wolfpack was again, on opening day in September 1946, trying to capture a historic win for the program against the Blue Devils.

Even NC State’s marching band was there, making its first post-World War II appearance.

And on this day in NC State history, the Wolfpack football team defeated Duke, 13-6. Al Phillips, one of the team’s co-captains, got more delivered to him than a football victory.

Charlie Richkus' winning score against Duke. Photo originally appeared in 1947 Agromeck.

Charlie Richkus' winning score against Duke. Photo originally appeared in 1947 Agromeck.

The Wolfpack held Duke to a total of two rushing yards. State scored the winning touchdown with just under a couple of minutes left when Charlie Richkus ran for a score.

And then the celebration ensued at Riddick Stadium, as reported in the Agromeck: “After the ‘Pack convinced Duke it was healthier [staying] in Durham by completely outplaying them 13-6, the ever-loyal alumni and all 4902 students lavished in ecstasy like a hillbilly sampling his first ‘batch’ of ‘moonshine.'”

Everyone that is, except for right end Phillips, who had other business to attend to. A few hours after State’s win, his wife gave birth to a baby boy.

Co-captain Al Phillips who saw his team win hours before he met his new child. Photo originally appeared in 1947 Agromeck.

Co-captain Al Phillips, who saw his team win hours before he met his new child. Photo originally appeared in 1947 Agromeck.

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