Grantland Rice Bowl

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Grantland Rice Bowl
Location Murfreesboro, Tennessee (1964–68)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1969–75)
Fargo, North Dakota (1976)
Anniston, Alabama (1977)
Operated 1964–1977, 1981–current

The Grantland Rice Bowl was an annual college football bowl game in NCAA's College Division, for smaller universities and colleges. The game was named for Grantland Rice, an early 20th-century American sportswriter known for his elegant prose.

From 1964 to 1972, it was one of four season-ending national quarterfinals which led to the determination of a College Division national champion, by poll. It was the Mideast Regional championship, played in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1968. In 1969, the regional alignments shifted and the game was relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where it remained until 1975.

In the 1968 game, Tommy Spinks of Louisiana Tech set two records when he caught 12 passes for 167 yards. Terry Bradshaw was the quarterback for Louisiana Tech in that game.

In 1973, the College Division was realigned into Division II and Division III, with full eight-team playoffs to determine a national champion in both divisions. The Grantland Rice Bowl became a national semifinal in Division II; it was played in 1976 in Fargo, North Dakota, and in Anniston, Alabama in 1977.

With the formation of Division I-AA (renamed FCS in 2006) and the modern playoff structure, the game ceased to exist. After a three-year absence, the game returned in a different form. Since 1981, the NCAA Division I FCS Playoff South Regional Championship (national quarterfinal) is commonly referred to as the Grantland Rice Bowl, in honor of its College Division heritage. The game is played at the highest remaining seed in the South Region with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoff Final Four (national semifinal).

College Division results[edit]

Date Winner Score Loser Location Note
 December 12, 1965  Middle Tennessee State   20–0 Muskingum  Murfreesboro, Tennessee  College
Division
quarterfinal
December 11, 1965 Tennessee State  14–14  Ball State
December 10, 1966 Tennessee State 34–7 Muskingum
December 9, 1967 Eastern Kentucky 27–13 Ball State
December 13, 1968 Louisiana Tech 33–13 Akron
December 13, 1969 East Tennessee State 34–14 Louisiana Tech Baton Rouge, Louisiana
December 12, 1970 Tennessee State 26–25 Southwestern Louisiana
December 11, 1971 Tennessee State 26–23 McNeese State
December 10, 1972 Louisiana Tech 35–0 Tennessee Tech

Division II results[edit]

Date Winner Score Loser Location Note
December 8, 1973 Western Kentucky 28–20 Grambling State Baton Rouge, Louisiana Division
II
semifinal
December 7, 1974 Delaware 49–11 UNLV
December 6, 1975 Western Kentucky 14–3 New Hampshire
December 4, 1976 Montana State 10–3 North Dakota State         Fargo, North Dakota
December 3, 1977 Jacksonville State 31–7 North Dakota State Anniston, Alabama

Division I FCS results (South Region Championship — FCS playoffs)[edit]

formerly Division I-AA (1978-2005)

Date Winning Team Losing Team Note
December 5, 1981 South Carolina State 26 Tennessee State 25 Division
I-AA
quarterfinal
December 4, 1982 Tennessee State 20 Eastern Illinois 19
December 3, 1983 Western Carolina 28 Holy Cross 21
December 1, 1984 Louisiana Tech 44 Alcorn State 21
December 7, 1985 Georgia Southern 28 Middle Tennessee State 21
December 6, 1986 Georgia Southern 55 Nicholls State 31
December 5, 1987 Appalachian State 19 Georgia Southern 0
December 3, 1988 Eastern Kentucky 41 Western Kentucky 24
December 2, 1989 Georgia Southern 45 Middle Tennessee State 3
December 1, 1990 Central Florida 52 William & Mary 38
December 7, 1991 Marshall 41 Northern Iowa 13
December 5, 1992 Youngstown State 42 The Citadel 17
December 4, 1993 Youngstown State 34 Georgia Southern 14
December 3, 1994 Youngstown State 18 Eastern Kentucky 15
December 2, 1995 Marshall 41 Northern Iowa 24
December 7, 1996 Marshall 54 Furman 0
December 6, 1997 Delaware 16 Georgia Southern 7
December 5, 1998 Georgia Southern 27 Connecticut 21
December 4, 1999 Florida A&M 17 Troy 10
December 2, 2000 Appalachian State 17 Western Kentucky 14
December 8, 2001 Georgia Southern 38 Appalachian State 24
December 7, 2002 Georgia Southern 31 Maine 7
December 6, 2003 Wofford 34 Western Kentucky 17
December 4, 2004 William & Mary 44 Delaware 38
December 3, 2005 Furman 24 Richmond 20
December 1, 2006 Appalachian State 38 Montana State 17 Division
I FCS
quarterfinal
December 7, 2007 Southern Illinois 34 Massachusetts 27
December 6, 2008 Richmond 33 Appalachian State 13
December 6, 2009 Appalachian State 35 Richmond 31
December 11, 2010 Georgia Southern 23 Wofford 20
December 10, 2011 Sam Houston State 49 Montana State 13
December 8, 2012 North Dakota State 14 Wofford 7
December 14, 2013 New Hampshire 20 Southeastern Louisiana 17

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