State Fair Classic

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State Fair Classic
Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic
Stadium Cotton Bowl in Fair Park
Location Dallas, Texas
Operated 1925–present
Sponsors
2012 matchup
Grambling State Tigers vs. Prairie View A&M Panthers (14-31)
2013 matchup

Grambling State Tigers vs. Prairie View A&M Panthers

PV A&M 31, Grambling 3

The State Fair Classic is an annual college football game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Prairie View A&M University Panthers. The game's official title is the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic after its sponsor, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines. This game has also been referred to by several unofficial names, such as the Soul Bowl.[1] The game is played on a neutral site at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas during the State Fair of Texas. The game often occurs the weekend before Texas–OU Red River Rivalry game at the same stadium.

State Fair Classic's History[edit]

The annual State Fair Classic, held annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, began in 1925 featuring the Wiley College Wildcats and Langston University Lions. The first game was played on Monday, October 19, 1925 and resulted in a 0–0 tie with neither team scoring before a crowd of 5,000.[2] Both teams met four consecutive years in Dallas before Prairie View replaced Langston in 1929.[3] The contest always took place on “Negro Day” at the State Fair of Texas and would feature the city high school football championship in the afternoon followed by the anticipated college game at night. The concept of “Monday Night Football” could also be attributed to the State Fair Classic as the contest took place on Monday nights well into the 1960s.

Wiley wasn’t the only college to play PV in the State Fair during that era as the Panthers battled Tennessee State in 1958 and Texas Southern in 1959.

After relocating to Dallas in 1961, Bishop College eventually took Wiley’s place in the annual contest in the 43rd annual classic in 1967. From that point, Prairie View maintained a presence in the Cotton Bowl with match-ups against Bishop, East Texas State (A&M Commerce) and Southern others over the years before moving its game against Grambling State to the bowl in the mid-80s.

With the disbanding of the Prairie View A&M football program in 1990, the State Fair Classic featured Grambling State and Elizabeth City State. Even though Prairie View brought football back in 1991 (Grambling played North Carolina A&T), it was not until 1992 that the classic would see the annual PVAMU-GSU showdown once again. Since 1992, this has been the annual match-up held at the State Fair Classic.

Game results[edit]

Date Winning team Losing team Location
October 19, 1925 Langston 0 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1926 Langston 13 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 17, 1927 Langston 27 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 15, 1928 Langston 7 Wiley 7 Dallas, TX
October 21, 1929 Prairie View A&M 0 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 20, 1930 Wiley 17 Prairie View A&M 13 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1931 Prairie View A&M 20 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 17, 1932 Wiley 13 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 16, 1933 Wiley 6 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 15, 1934 Prairie View A&M 13 Wiley 12 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1935 Prairie View A&M 0 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1936 Wiley 7 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 18, 1937 Prairie View A&M 13 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 17, 1938 Prairie View A&M 6 Wiley 6 Dallas, TX
October 16, 1939 Wiley 13 Prairie View A&M 6 Dallas, TX
October 14, 1940 Prairie View A&M 18 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 13, 1941 Prairie View A&M 32 Wiley 7 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1942 Prairie View A&M 6 Wiley 0 Prairie View, TX
1943 Prairie View A&M 0 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 14, 1944 Wiley 28 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 15, 1945 Wiley 35 Prairie View A&M 7 Marshall, TX
October 14, 1946 Wiley 19 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 13, 1947 Prairie View A&M 12 Wiley 6 Dallas, TX
October 18, 1948 Prairie View A&M 19 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 17, 1949 Prairie View A&M 27 Wiley 7 Dallas, TX
October 16, 1950 Prairie View A&M 47 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 13, 1951 Prairie View A&M 38 Wiley 0 Marshall, TX
October 13, 1952 Prairie View A&M 53 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1953 Prairie View A&M 32 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 18, 1954 Prairie View A&M 19 Wiley 6 Dallas, TX
October 17, 1955 Prairie View A&M 34 Wiley 7 Dallas, TX
October 15, 1956 Tennessee State 45 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 14, 1957 Prairie View A&M 7 Texas Southern 6 Dallas, TX
October 13, 1958 Prairie View A&M 26 Texas Southern 19 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1959 Prairie View A&M 34 Texas Southern 15 Dallas, TX
October 17, 1960 Prairie View A&M 36 Wiley 15 Dallas, TX
October 16, 1961 Prairie View A&M 48 Wiley 13 Dallas, TX
October 15, 1962 Prairie View A&M 26 Wiley 17 Dallas, TX
October 14, 1963 Prairie View A&M 27 Wiley 10 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1964 Prairie View A&M 39 Wiley 13 Dallas, TX
October 18, 1965 Prairie View A&M 16 Wiley 7 Dallas, TX
October 17, 1966 Prairie View A&M 21 Wiley 0 Dallas, TX
October 16, 1967 Prairie View A&M 31 Bishop 7 Dallas, TX
October 19, 1968 Bishop 13 Prairie View A&M 10 ?
October 18, 1969 Bishop 36 Prairie View A&M 21 Dallas, TX
October 24, 1970 Prairie View A&M 29 Bishop 26 Dallas, TX
October 21, 1972 Prairie View A&M 14 Bishop 10 Prairie View, TX
October 20, 1973 Prairie View A&M 25 Bishop 3 Dallas, TX
October 26, 1974 Bishop 21 Prairie View A&M 14 Dallas, TX
October 25, 1975 Prairie View A&M 14 Bishop 13 Dallas, TX
October 23, 1976 Prairie View A&M 22 Bishop 14 ?
September 10, 1977 East Texas State 38 Prairie View A&M 10 Dallas, TX
October 21, 1978 Bishop 35 Prairie View A&M 34 Dallas, TX
October 6, 1979 Bishop 33 Prairie View A&M 16 Dallas, TX
October 11, 1980 Bishop 12 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 10, 1981 Bishop 40 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 9, 1982 Prairie View A&M 24 Bishop 13 Prairie View, TX
October 8, 1983 Bishop 32 Prairie View A&M 20 Prairie View, TX
October 6, 1984 Bishop 34 Prairie View A&M 8 Dallas, TX
October 5, 1985 Grambling State 27 Prairie View A&M 7 Dallas, TX
October 4, 1986 Prairie View A&M 24 Grambling State 19 Dallas, TX
October 3, 1987 Grambling State 28 Prairie View A&M 7 Dallas, TX
October 1, 1988 Grambling State 40 Prairie View A&M 14 Dallas, TX
September 30, 1989 Grambling State 49 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
September 29, 1990 Grambling State 67 Elizabeth City State 3 Dallas, TX
September 28, 1991 North Carolina A&T 28 Grambling State 12 Dallas, TX
October 3, 1992 Grambling State 63 Prairie View A&M 3 Dallas, TX
October 2, 1993 Grambling State 49 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
October 1, 1994 Grambling State 66 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
September 30, 1995 Grambling State 64 Prairie View A&M 0 Dallas, TX
September 28, 1996 Grambling State 54 Prairie View A&M 12 Dallas, TX
October 4, 1997 Grambling State 33 Prairie View A&M 6 Dallas, TX
October 3, 1998 Grambling State 55 Prairie View A&M 40 Dallas, TX
October 2, 1999 Grambling State 47 Prairie View A&M 19 Dallas, TX
September 30, 2000 Grambling State 47 Prairie View A&M 7 Dallas, TX
September 29, 2001 Grambling State 40 Prairie View A&M 6 Dallas, TX
October 5, 2002 Grambling State 35 Prairie View A&M 13 Dallas, TX
October 4, 2003 Grambling State 65 Prairie View A&M 7 Dallas, TX
October 2, 2004 Grambling State 53 Prairie View A&M 32 Dallas, TX
October 1, 2005 Grambling State 50 Prairie View A&M 7 Dallas, TX
September 30, 2006 Grambling State 53 Prairie View A&M 7 Dallas, TX
September 29, 2007 Grambling State 17 Prairie View A&M 14 Dallas, TX
October 4, 2008 Grambling State 40 Prairie View A&M 16 Dallas, TX
October 3, 2009 Prairie View A&M 35 Grambling State 32 Dallas, TX
September 25, 2010 Grambling State 34 Prairie View A&M 17 Dallas, TX
October 1, 2011 Prairie View A&M 31 Grambling State 23 Dallas, TX
October 6, 2012 Prairie View A&M 31 Grambling State 14 Dallas, TX
October 5, 2013 Prairie View A&M 31 Grambling State 3 Dallas, TX

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Classic". 
  2. ^ The Chicago Defender "Wiley and Langston Battle Hard, But Neither Scores" 31 October 1925 page 9
  3. ^ The Chicago Defender "Wiley and Prairie View Ready" 19 October 1929 page 9

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