Wolfpack vs. The Cats

North Carolina State vs Western Carolina University Football

September 7, 2019
Time: TBA
Carter Finley Stadium, 4600 Trinity Road, Raleigh


Wolves vs. Cats! Who’ll have the sharpest claws?

North Carolina Wolfpack football takes on the Western Carolina University Cats football at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh! Don’t miss it!

NC State Wolfpack

University: North Carolina State University
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference, East Atlantic Gymnastics League, Great America Rifle Conference
NCAA: Division I (FBS)
Athletic Director: Debbie Yow
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Varsity teams: 23
Football stadium: Carter–Finley Stadium
Basketball Arena: PNC Arena
Baseball Stadium: Doak Field
Other Arenas: Reynolds Coliseum
Mascot: Mr. Wuf & Mrs. Wuf
Nickname: Wolfpack
Colors: Red and White

Website: gopack.com

The NC State Wolfpack is the nickname of the athletic teams representing North Carolina State University. The Wolfpack competes at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for college football) as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for all sports since the 1953–54 season. The athletic teams of the Wolfpack compete in 23 intercollegiate varsity sports. NC State is a founding member of the ACC and has won eight national championships: two NCAA championships, two AIAW championships, and four titles under other sanctioning bodies. Most NC State fans and athletes recognize the rivalry with the North Carolina Tar Heels as their biggest.

The primary logo for NC State athletics is a red block ‘S’ with an inscribed ‘N’ and ‘C’. The block S has been in use since 1890 but has seen many alterations through the years. The color red was adopted from the state bird, the cardinal. It became the sole logo for all NC State athletic teams in 2000 and was modernized to its current design in 2006.

NC State athletic teams are nicknamed the ‘Wolfpack’. The name was adopted in 1921 when a disgruntled fan described the behavior of some of the school’s football players as being “as unruly as a pack of wolves”. Prior to the adoption of the current nickname, North Carolina State athletic teams went by such names as the Aggies, the Techs, the Red Terrors, and Farmers.

Western Carolina Catamounts

University: Western Carolina University
Conference: Southern Conference
NCAA: Division I (FCS)
Athletic Director: Randy Eaton
Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina
Varsity teams: 16
Football stadium: E. J. Whitmire Stadium
Basketball arena: Ramsey Center
Baseball stadium: Hennon Stadium
Mascot: Paws
Nickname: Catamounts
Fight song: Fight on! You Catamounts
Colors: Purple and Gold

Website: catamountsports.com

The Western Carolina Catamounts are the athletic teams of Western Carolina University. The Catamounts compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference. Western fields sixteen varsity sports teams. The Catamount football team competes in Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The university’s mascot is the Catamount. This moniker has been Western’s mascot since 1933.”What exactly is a Catamount?” Wild cats of the “catamount variety”, including the bobcat, cougar or lynx, have roamed the southern Appalachian Mountains for years. But the nickname evolved from a contest that was held on the Cullowhee campus in 1933.

The contest came down to Mountain Boomers, a small ground squirrel that scampers about the woods and is extremely difficult to catch, and Catamounts. Head Football Coach C.C. Poindexter selected Catamounts, as he wanted his players to display a “fierce spirit, savage attacks, and lightning quick moves.” WCU is one of only two universities in the United States with this mascot (the other is the University of Vermont).

“Paws” the Catamount is the official mascot of Western Carolina University. He appears at numerous events and functions across western North Carolina.