That would change in 1946, as head coach Beattie Feathers led State to an 8-2 mark, with the losses to Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt coming by a combined total of only 15 points.
“The 1946 Wolfpack, fuming under suppression for the past 18 years burst forth with vehement fury to take its rightful place in the National Football Spotlight,” the Agromeck reported in 1947. ” Potent laden with 14 top-notch lettermen and many eager frehsmen, who proved beyond a doubt their worth with sensational playing all season, State gave fair warning to any and all comers that from now on, ‘Shudder when you hear the name, ‘Wolfpack.””
And it was on this day in 1946 when NC State took the opportunity to prove that potency one more time, accepting its first bowl bid. NC State answered an invitation to the New Year’s Day Gator Bowl to be played against the three-touchdown-favorite Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, the Wolfpack would not get another win that year. They lost, 34-13, to the Sooners in Jacksonville, Fla.