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Vikings to face Tigers in Pioneer Bowl XIV
CIAA runners-up take on SIAC champ on Dec. 1
 
Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:37 am
by Herbert L. White

Story is revised to reflect Tuskegee's 7-2 record all time in the Pioneer Bowl.

Elizabeth City State and Tuskegee will square off in the Pioneer Bowl.


The only bowl game for historically black colleges will be played Dec. 1 at A.J. McClung Stadium in Columbus, Ga., at 1 p.m.


Tickets can be purchased online beginning Nov. 15 at www.TheCIAA.com  or www.TheSIAC.com. Adult general admission tickets are $18; children 3 and under get in free.


Elizabeth City State (7-4) won the CIAA North division and lost to South champion Winston-Salem State in the league title game 34-19. WSSU, ranked second in NCAA Division II, earned a playoff berth.


“We are excited that Elizabeth City State University will represent the CIAA in the Pioneer Bowl,” CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter said. “Their tremendous season and record will bring forth great competition against Tuskegee, for the fans and the Columbus community.”


Tuskegee, No. 14 in the nation, beat Fort Valley State 55-18 in the SIAC title game last week in Atlanta. The Tigers (9-1) who have won 26 league championships, have won nine straight games, including eight against conference rivals.


“The city of Columbus and its Sports Council has been very supportive and welcoming to both the CIAA and SIAC, in hosting the Pioneer Bowl for the last two years,” SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore said. “Last year, Johnson C. Smith and Miles provided an electric and exciting atmosphere and we expect the same this year with Elizabeth City State and Tuskegee’s success this season.”


Tuskegee is unbeaten in the Pioneer Bowl with a 7-2 record while Elizabeth City State is making its second appearance. The Golden Tigers beat ECSU 21-7 victory in the 2009 game.


The Pioneer Bowl is the only NCAA-sanctioned bowl game involving teams from black college conferences. Johnson C. Smith beat Miles 35-33 in the last year’s game.

 

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