NC State head football coach Earle Edwards didn’t know what his young team might give him in 1965. “We must hold our mistakes to a minimum and learn our lessons well and fast if we are to be at all successful,” Edwards said early on in the 1965 season, “and we will have to rely heavily on the newer boys, looking for them to mature quickly.”
That newness extended to the Wolfpack’s home, as well. A new Carter Stadium was set to open up the next season in 1966.
But it was on this day in 1965 that defensive leaders like Pete Sokalsky, Dennis Byrd and Chuck Amato decided that the least they could do was to close Riddick Stadium down with a win — a 3-0 shutout over Florida State.
That was the Wolfpack’s final game in what had been its home for almost 60 years.
Edwards would eventually be happy that year with his players, who ended up winning its last five games to finish the season 6-4. One writer in the Agromeck saw it as a symbolic way to finish out the last season played in Riddick Stadium.
“The weakest club in the ACC had put [opponents] to shame and shown its readiness to enter a new era of football in its new home in Carter Stadium,” read the account in the yearbook.