2016 Celebration Bowl
The 2016 Celebration Bowl (officially known as the 2016 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl) was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 17, 2016, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The second Celebration Bowl game matched the champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, against the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the two historically black division I conferences.
|2016 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl|
|2nd Celebration Bowl|
|Date||December 17, 2016|
|MVP||Offense: #4 TE Martez Carter, Grambling |
Defense: #33 DB Jameel Jackson, Grambling
|Referee||Marvel July (Mtn. West)|
|Payout||US$1,000,000 (Per Conference)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Mark Neely, Jay Walker, & Tiffany Greene (ABC)|
Sam Crenshaw, Hugh Douglas, & Lericia Harris (RedVoice)
|Nielsen ratings||1.83 (Viewers) |
The participants for the Celebration Bowl game are based upon the final regular season standings which determine the MEAC football champion and the SWAC football championship Game determining the SWAC representative.
North Carolina CentralEdit
North Carolina Central entered the season ranked 4th in both the Sheridan & BoxtoRow polls and picked to finish 3rd overall in the MEAC. The Eagles started their season with back to back losses to FBS opponents Duke and Western Michigan. The Eagles rebounded to win 9 straight, defeating state rival North Carolina A&T in the final MEAC regular season game. The Eagles entered the Celebration Bowl ranked #18 in the FCS.
Grambling started the season ranked 5th in national black college football polls and picked 2nd in the SWAC Western division. The Tigers began the season defeating Virginia-Lynchburg and going up 21–0 before watching FBS opponent Arizona rally to defeat them. Grambling rolled after that with 10 straight wins. The Tigers enter the Celebration Bowl ranked #14.
|Total offense, plays – yards||62–301||75–345|
|Rushes-yards (net)||29–55 (1.9)||44–196 (4.5)|
|Passing yards (net)||246||149|
|Time of Possession||27:21||32:29|
- "2016 Celebration Bowl Game Stats". Stat Broadcast. Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 17 December 2016.