Pioneer Bowl

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Pioneer Bowl
Stadium A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium
Location Columbus, Georgia
Previous stadiums Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, Herndon Stadium, Georgia Dome, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Memorial Stadium
Previous locations Columbia, South Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, Charlotte, North Carolina
Operated 1997-2001, 2003-2007, 2009-
Conference tie-ins CIAA
SIAC
2012 matchup
Elizabeth City State vs Tuskegee (28-13)

The Pioneer Bowl is a bowl game between football teams from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 2007 and is one of two bowl games (Heritage Bowl is the other HBCU bowl) between historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). It is one of only three NCAA Division II sanctioned bowl games.

Tuskegee University has made the most appearances at the Pioneer Bowl, with a total of 10. Tuskegee has also won the most Pioneer Bowls, with seven wins.

Other Pioneer Bowls[edit]

The name "Pioneer Bowl" was used in 1993 as the name of a fictional bowl game played at the Alamodome in the television series Coach.

NCAA playoff and championship games[edit]

The Pioneer Bowl was originally an NCAA playoff game in its College Division, held in Wichita Falls, Texas. It began as one of the four season-ending national quarterfinals in 1971 and 1972; there were no semifinals or finals and the national champion was determined by poll from the four quarterfinal winners. With the launch of Division II in 1973 and its full playoff system, the Pioneer Bowl was one of the two Division II semifinals (with the Grantland Rice Bowl) for the first three years, and then became the championship game for two years. For the inaugural season of Division I-AA in 1978, the Pioneer Bowl became the new division's title game. The I-AA title game was played in Florida in 1979 and California in 1980, then returned to Wichita Falls as the Pioneer Bowl in 1981 and 1982.

Selectors[edit]

Selector
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)

Pioneer Bowl Winners[edit]

Date played Winning team Losing team Venue Location
December 20, 1997 Kentucky State 30 Livingstone 26 Herndon Stadium Atlanta, Georgia
December 19, 1998 Tuskegee 23 Livingstone 9 Herndon Stadium Atlanta, Georgia
December 18, 1999 Winston-Salem State 23 Tuskegee 7 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia
December 16, 2000 Tuskegee 12 Winston-Salem State 9 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia
December 22, 2001 Tuskegee 28 Virginia Union 0 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia
2002
Cancelled
December 20, 2003 Albany State 52 Fayetteville State 30 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia
December 4, 2004 Shaw 30 Tuskegee 28 Ladd-Peebles Stadium Mobile, Alabama
December 3, 2005 Tuskegee 28 Bowie State 26 Memorial Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina
December 2, 2006 Tuskegee 17 Johnson C. Smith 7 Memorial Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina
December 1, 2007 Tuskegee 58 Virginia Union 51 Charlie W. Johnson Stadium Columbia, South Carolina
2008
Cancelled
December 5, 2009 Tuskegee 21 Elizabeth City State 7 Charlie W. Johnson Stadium Columbia, South Carolina
December 4, 2010 St. Augustine's 20 Fort Valley State 9 A. J. McClung Stadium Columbus, Georgia
December 3, 2011 Johnson C. Smith 35 Miles 33 A. J. McClung Stadium Columbus, Georgia
December 4, 2012 Elizabeth City State 28 Tuskegee 13 A. J. McClung Stadium Columbus, Georgia
2013
Cancelled

Earlier Pioneer Bowls[edit]

Date played Winning team Losing team Location NCAA Playoff
December 11, 1971 Louisiana Tech 14 Eastern Michigan 3 Wichita Falls, Texas College Division quarterfinal
December 10, 1972 Tennessee State 29 Drake 7 Wichita Falls, Texas
December 8, 1973 Louisiana Tech 38 Boise State 34 Wichita Falls, Texas Div. II semifinal
December 7, 1974 Central Michigan 35 Louisiana Tech 14 Wichita Falls, Texas
December 6, 1975 Northern Michigan 28 West Alabama 26 Wichita Falls, Texas
December 11, 1976 Montana State 24 Akron 13 Wichita Falls, Texas Div. II championship
December 10, 1977 Lehigh 33 Jacksonville State 0 Wichita Falls, Texas
December 16, 1978 Florida A&M 35 Massachusetts 28 Wichita Falls, Texas Div. I-AA championship
1979 No Game
1980
December 19, 1981 Idaho State 34 Eastern Kentucky 23 Wichita Falls, Texas Div. I-AA championship
December 18, 1982 Eastern Kentucky 17 Delaware 14 Wichita Falls, Texas

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