Today in NC State History: First televised football game

October 21, 2012
By Chris Saunders

PrintNC State fans were accustomed to being able to just watch Wolfpack football in Riddick Stadium.  And in the fall of 1950, that experience had only yielded the viewing of a mediocre performance against Catawba College.

Walther Schacht, top, and Elmer Costa, bottom played tough on defense to stifle Maryland.

Walt Schacht, top, and Elmer Costa, bottom, played tough on defense to stifle Maryland.

Add to that disappointment of two road losses in Chapel Hill to UNC and in Clemson, S.C., to Clemson University, and there wasn’t a lot to brag about for head coach Beattie Feathers’ squad.

Once again, the Wolfpack was hitting the road to take on the Terrapins for Maryland’s homecoming. But State fans back in Raleigh would be able to see an away game for the first time.

On this day in 1950, NC State’s first televised game went out over the airwaves, transmitting a 16-13 Wolfpack win to fans back home in North Carolina.

The defense was an integral part of NC State’s victory that day, as guard Walt Schacht ’53 called masterful defensive signals all day and tackle Elmer Costa ’52 wouldn’t allow Maryland’s offense to move the ball effectively.

“It was a black day for the Maryland homecoming fans who saw their team bite the dust,” the Agromeck reported in 1951. “The Feathers strategy was a credit to himself, the entire team, and the coaching staff.”


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