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North Carolina A&T–North Carolina Central rivalry

The North Carolina A&T–North Carolina Central rivalry is an ongoing series of athletic competitions between North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina Central University, both of which are located in North Carolina.

North Carolina A&T–North Carolina Central rivalry
SportFootball
First meetingNovember 22, 1924
Tie 13–13
Latest meetingNovember 17, 2018
North Carolina A&T 45, North Carolina Central 0
Next meeting2019
Statistics
Meetings total91
All-time seriesNorth Carolina A&T leads 52–34–5
Largest victoryNorth Carolina A&T, 48–0 (1991)
Longest win streakNorth Carolina A&T, 12 (1989–2001)
Current win streakNorth Carolina A&T, 2 (2017–present)
North Carolina A&T–North Carolina Central rivalry is located in North Carolina
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
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Locations in North Carolina

The intensity of the rivalry is driven by the proximity of the two schools, as both are only 55 miles apart via U.S. Interstate 85, the size of the two schools, as North Carolina A&T is one of the largest Historically Black College and University in the nation[1] and North Carolina Central is the second largest in the state, and the fact that both schools are competing for many of the same students and athletes. Fans of both Universities tend to place great emphasis on this rivalry.

FootballEdit

The most prominent sport in the rivalry is football. The two teams have been competing against each other since 1924. The series between the two schools began with the inaugural game ending in a 13–13 tie. Since 1924, the rivalry game has shifted from North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T's respective campuses. Under the leadership of coach Lonnie P. Byarm, the Aggies began a 4-game winning streak that lasted from 1925–28. The 1930s saw a balance of power in the series as the Eagles, led by head coaches Bryd D. Crudup (1929–31) and Leo Townsend (1932–35), would even out the series at 4 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie, by the end of the 1933 season.

A fight during the 1950s compelled the game to be moved to Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University. It was at Wallace Wade, that a man drove his car onto the field during the game and parked at the 50-yard line.[2] The series record stands right now with the Aggies of North Carolina A&T leading with a record of 46–34–5.

Rise of the ClassicEdit

North Carolina A&T won the first Aggie-Eagle Classic game in 1994, 38–9. North Carolina A&T held a 10–2 edge in the meetings since the intrastate rivalry moved from a home-and-home scenario to an annual neutral site game in Carter-Finley Stadium in 1994. North Carolina Central would not earn their first win of the series until 2002, with a 33–30 overtime win. There are three instances in the series in which the losing team was unable to score: The first was in 2001 when the Aggies of North Carolina A&T won with a 22–0 victory,the second was in a 25–0 2003 win in which the Aggies went on the become the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions and 45-0 Aggie win in 2018.

The games with the closest margins of victory happened in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, the Aggies, who were on the verge of a 15–13 upset by the Eagles, recovered a failed exchange with a little over a minute left. The Aggies progressed down the field and kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired to win the game.[3] The following year, the Eagles of North Carolina Central returned the favor by defeating the Aggies 23–22 in the final edition of the classic. The Aggies beat Central 22–16 in their game on November 14, 2012.

The Fall of The ClassicEdit

The series came to an end when the contract with the city of Raleigh was not renewed. This was caused in part to the Capital Area Sports Foundation, which guaranteed each school $150,000 for the 2005 game. failing to deliver on financial guarantees to both schools. In its tax return for that year, the foundation reported more than $160,000 in payouts to North Carolina A&T, but the university said it has received less than $100,000 and didn't expect to see anything more.[2] As a result of the collapse of the classic, The North Carolina A&T – North Carolina Central Rivalry was put on hold for the 2006 football season.

Rivalry renewedEdit

Since the ending of the classic, the annual games between the rivals have once again returned to the respective campuses of the two universities. The 2007 game marked the first time in years that these two universities met for a football game on a non-neutral site. The Eagles defeated the Aggies 22–27 on the Aggies' home field. Following the game, controversy erupted as a player from NCCU stomped on the NC A&T logo in the middle of Aggie Stadium. This celebratory action led to a fight between players from both schools.

In order to accommodate an anticipated crowd that exceeds the capacity of its own stadium, North Carolina Central University moved its 2008 home football game to the neutral Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. This meeting again spelled victory for the Eagles as they once again won 28–27.

On September 10, 2009, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced that North Carolina Central University would rejoin the conference as its 13th member, effective July 1, 2010.[4] With North Carolina Central's shift from a NCAA Division I independent school to a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the storied rivalry between the two institutions would now have conference ramifications. In the 2009 meeting, the Aggies prevailed in a 23–17 double overtime win in front of 19,534 spectators at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, NC.

Game resultsEdit

North Carolina A&T victoriesNorth Carolina Central victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 November 22, 1924 Durham, NC Tie13–13
2 October 24, 1925 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 19–0
3 November 22, 1926 unknown North Carolina A&T 19–0
4 October 22, 1927 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 28–13
5 October 13, 1928 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 20–0
6 November 1, 1930 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 20–14
7 October 31, 1931 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 6–0
8 November 24, 1932 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 20–0
9 November 30, 1933 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 20–0
10 November 29, 1934 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 6–0
11 November 30, 1935 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 9–6
12 November 26, 1936 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 39–0
13 November 25, 1937 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 14–7
14 November 24, 1938 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 25–0
15 November 30, 1939 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 7–0
16 November 28, 1940 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 12–6
17 November 22, 1941 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 9–6†
18 November 26, 1942 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 12–6
19 October 20, 1945 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 40–0
20 October 19, 1946 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 17–0
21 December 6, 1947 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 17–0
22 December 4, 1948 Greensboro, NC Tie4–4
23 November 24, 1949 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 33–6
24 November 23, 1950 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 25–13
25 November 22, 1951 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 13–6
26 November 27, 1952 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 26–0
27 November 26, 1953 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 15–6
28 November 25, 1954 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 7–6
29 November 24, 1955 Greensboro, NC Tie7–7
30 November 22, 1956 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 20–0
31 November 28, 1957 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 28–0
32 November 27, 1958 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 20–18
33 November 26, 1959 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 3–0
34 November 24, 1960 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 14–13
35 November 23, 1961 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 13–0
36 November 17, 1962 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 28–7
37 November 28, 1963 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 6–0
38 November 26, 1964 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 26–0
39 November 25, 1965 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 7–6
40 November 24, 1966 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 12–6
41 November 23, 1967 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 19–6
42 November 27, 1968 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 21–6
43 November 22, 1969 Greensboro, NC Tie28–28
44 November 21, 1970 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 13–7
45 November 20, 1971 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 14–13
46 November 18, 1972 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 9–7
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
47 November 17, 1973 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 16–6
48 November 23, 1974 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 29–18
49 November 22, 1975 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 34–16
50 November 20, 1976 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 17–16
51 November 19, 1977 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 25–6
52 November 18, 1978 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 16–6
53 November 17, 1979 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 16–6
54 November 22, 1980 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 49–13
55 December 13, 1980 Richmond, VA North Carolina A&T 37–0
56 November 28, 1981 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 35–7
57 November 13, 1982 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 13–7
58 November 12, 1983 Greensboro, NC Tie13–13
59 November 10, 1984 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 49–10
60 November 16, 1985 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 28–19
61 November 15, 1986 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 35–12
62 November 14, 1987 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 28–19
63 September 3, 1988 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 15–2
64 September 2, 1989 Charlotte, NC North Carolina A&T 24–6
65 September 1, 1990 Charlotte, NC North Carolina A&T 21–6
66 September 7, 1991 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 48–0
67 September 5, 1992 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 49–7
68 September 3, 1994 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 38–9
69 September 3, 1995 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 18–17
70 August 31, 1996 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 38–31OT
71 August 30, 1997 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 36–7
72 September 5, 1998 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 40–10
73 September 5, 1999 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 20–7
74 September 3, 2000 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 40–7
75 September 1, 2001 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 22–0
76 September 1, 2002 Raleigh, NC North Carolina Central 33–30OT
77 August 31, 2003 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 25–0
78 September 5, 2004 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&T 16–15
79 September 5, 2005 Raleigh, NC North Carolina Central 23–22
80 September 22, 2007 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 27–22
81 October 4, 2008 Charlotte, NC North Carolina Central 28–27
82 October 3, 2009 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 23–172OT
83 September 25, 2010 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 27–16
84 November 19, 2011 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 31–21
85 November 18, 2012 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 22–16OT
86 November 23, 2013 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 28–0
87 November 22, 2014 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 21–14
88 November 21, 2015 Greensboro, NC North Carolina Central 21–16
89 November 19, 2016 Durham, NC North Carolina Central 42–21
90 November 18, 2017 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T 24–10
91 November 17, 2018 Durham, NC North Carolina A&T 45–0
Series: North Carolina A&T leads 51–35–5

† All 1941 NCCU conference games were forfeited after the CIAA conference ruled that player Henry "Big Dog" Thomas was ineligible.
± The 2010 game set an attendance record in O'Kelly Riddick Stadium with 15,173 in attendance.
° Games played during the Aggie-Eagle Classic [5][6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A&T Becomes Largest HBCU in Nation". www.ncat.edu. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  2. ^ a b Greensboro News & Record
  3. ^ NCCU Football Game Notes
  4. ^ "North Carolina Central University joins Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference". Onnidan.com. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  5. ^ "NCAT Football Media Guide" (PDF). NCAT Sports Information. 2010-06-15.
  6. ^ "NCCU Football Media Guide". NCCU Athletics. 2010-06-16.