The Wolfpacker

May 2017 Issue

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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MAY 2017 ■ 79 ■ PACK PAST position to have its most successful season in decades. On Oct. 26, State hosted its first home game of the season, against perennial na- tional power Duke. The Wolfpack had not beaten the Blue Devils in a decade and were heavy underdogs again. All 21,000 seats in Riddick Stadium were sold out for the first time since 1946, and the crowd was treated to one of the most important outcomes in Wolfpack history — even though the game ended in a tie. Duke jumped out to a 14-0 lead, the first time the Pack had trailed in a game all year. Christy scored on a 52-yard pass from Tom Katich at the end of the first half and again on a five-yard pass from Hunter in the third quarter, following Jim Oddo's 53- yard interception return. The game ended in a 14-14 tie, but Edwards and company gained another measure of success by en- tering the top 10 of the Associated Press and United Press International polls for the first time in school history. Two weeks later, after whipping win- less Wake Forest, the Wolfpack suffered its lone setback of the season when it lost 7-6 to William & Mary, which entered the game as a 19-point underdog. The follow- ing week, the Wolfpack went to Roanoke, Va., to beat Virginia Tech 12-0 — the fifth shutout of the season for the Pack defense. Christy saved his best performance for the last game of his career. The Wolfpack went to Columbia, S.C., on Nov. 23, 1957, with a slim chance of winning its first league title in 30 years. Everything fell into place when North Carolina upset Duke in Management Professionals, Inc. WWW.ELITE-MGMT.COM Community Association Specialist AAMC 919.233.7660 WOLFPACK CLUB Dick Christy scored all the points in the Pack's 29‑26 win over South Carolina that clinched the program's first ACC championship in 1957. PHOTO COURTESY NC STATE MEDIA RELATIONS

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