Turkey Day Classic

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Turkey Day Classic
Turkey Day Classic
"Hornet Homecoming"
Stadium Hornet Stadium
Location Montgomery, Alabama
Operated 1924–present
2012 matchup
Tuskegee University vs. Alabama State University (24–19)
2013 matchup
Stillman College vs. Alabama State University (November 28, 2013)

The Turkey Day Classic is a college football game, traditionally held annually on Thanksgiving Day.[1] It is played between Alabama State University and Tuskegee University, two historically black colleges and universities.[2] The game is usually played in Montgomery, Alabama's Cramton Bowl, but it is scheduled to relocate to Alabama State's new Hornet Stadium in 2012.[3][4] ESPNU holds broadcast rights to the game. The game is one of two black college football classics to be associated with Thanksgiving weekend; the other is the younger, but more widely known, Bayou Classic, held two days later.

The game falls in a category of classics that feature two rival teams playing each year.[5] The activities surrounding the game take place over several weeks in the downtown of Montgomery, and include parades, parties, and such like.[6] Many classics feature activities and events like golfing, pageants, and tailgaiting.[5] Alabama State hosts a parade and combines its homecoming with the Turkey Day Classic.[7]

History[edit]

The 1924 game was the first in the series and it is considered the first black college football classic.[8] Tuskegee has refused tournament slots for the NCAA Division II National Football Championship because the Division II playoffs conflict with the Turkey Day Classic; the Golden Tigers program has done this even in successful seasons where it has qualified and earned high playoff seeding. [9] Similarly, Alabama State and other Southwestern Athletic Conference members opt out of contention for the NCAA Division I Football Championship; this accommodates the Turkey Day Classic, the SWAC Championship Game and the Bayou Classic in New Orleans.

Alabama State faced Stillman College in the 2013 Turkey Day Classic, after Tuskegee withdrew from the contest due to playoff considerations beginning that year.

In 2014, Alabama State announced it was officially discontinuing the Turkey Day Classic in order to give itself the option of participating in the Division I championship, should it qualify. The college will now hold its homecoming on the penultimate Saturday of November; that is, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Stillman College will remain the Hornets' opponent for 2014; Alabama State remains in negotiations with Tuskegee in the hopes that the change of scheduling will encourage Tuskegee to return to the Hornet Homecoming.[10]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning team Losing team Location
November 15, 1924 Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 7 Montgomery, AL
1925 Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 6, 1926 Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 7 Montgomery, AL
December 3, 1927 Alabama State 0 Tuskegee 0 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 1928 Alabama State 6 Tuskegee 6 Montgomery, AL
November 23, 1929 Tuskegee 20 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 1930 Tuskegee 32 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 21, 1931 Tuskegee 32 Alabama State 7 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 1932 Tuskegee 7 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 30, 1933 Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 7 Montgomery, AL
November 29, 1934 Alabama State 6 Tuskegee 2 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 1935 Alabama State 3 Tuskegee 0 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 1936 Tuskegee 6 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1937 Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 1938 Alabama State 26 Tuskegee 0 Montgomery, AL
November 30, 1939 Tuskegee 6 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 1940 Alabama State 31 Tuskegee 12 Montgomery, AL
November 20, 1941 Tuskegee 33 Alabama State 6 Montgomery, AL
November 23, 1942 Tuskegee 25 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1943 Tuskegee 19 Alabama State 13 Montgomery, AL
1944 Tuskegee 32 Alabama State 12 Montgomery, AL
1945 Tuskegee 26 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 1946 Tuskegee 26 Alabama State 14 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 1947 Alabama State 26 Tuskegee 26 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1948 Tuskegee 15 Alabama State 0 Tuskegee, AL
November 24, 1949 Tuskegee 20 Alabama State 19 Montgomery, AL
November 23, 1950 Tuskegee 15 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 1951 Tuskegee 26 Alabama State 13 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 1952 Alabama State 28 Tuskegee 13 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 1953 Alabama State 6 Tuskegee 2 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1954 Alabama State 23 Tuskegee 2 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 1955 Alabama State 19 Tuskegee 13 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 1956 Tuskegee 19 Alabama State 13 Montgomery, AL
1957 Alabama State 13 Tuskegee 7 ?
November 27, 1958 Tuskegee 24 Alabama State 20 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 1959 Alabama State 22 Tuskegee 20 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 1960 Tuskegee 12 Alabama State 8 Montgomery, AL
November 23, 1961 Tuskegee 19 Alabama State 8 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 1962 Tuskegee 42 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 1963 Tuskegee 3 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 1964 Alabama State 19 Tuskegee 11 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1965 Alabama State 20 Tuskegee 12 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 1966 Alabama State 35 Tuskegee 14 Montgomery, AL
November 23, 1967 Tuskegee 21 Alabama State 8 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 1968 Tuskegee 23 Alabama State 21 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 1969 Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 14 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1970 Tuskegee 34 Alabama State 20 ?
November 28, 1971 Mississippi Valley State 10 Alabama State 7 Montgomery, AL
December 2, 1972 Tuskegee 10 Alabama State 0 ?
December 1, 1973 Tuskegee 22 Alabama State 15 Montgomery, AL
December 7, 1974 Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 7 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 1975 Alabama State 37 Tuskegee 21 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1976 Alabama State 29 Tuskegee 14 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 1977 Alabama State 13 Tuskegee 7 ?
November 25, 1978 Alabama State 15 Tuskegee 0 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 1979 Alabama State 20 Tuskegee 6 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 1980 Alabama State 14 Tuskegee 7 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 1981 Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 3 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1982 Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 13 Tuskegee, AL
November 24, 1983 Alabama State 13 Tuskegee 3 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 1984 Alabama State 31 Tuskegee 8 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 1985 Alabama State 21 Tuskegee 0 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 1986 Alabama State 21 Clark Atlanta 6 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 1987 Alabama State 21 Johnson C. Smith 3 ?
November 24, 1988 Alabama State 17 Tuskegee 0 ?
November 23, 1989 Alabama State 26 Tuskegee 20 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 1990 Alabama State 49 Tuskegee 7 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 1991 Alabama State 62 Johnson C. Smith 6 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 1992 Alabama State 17 Fayetteville State 14 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1993 Alabama State 31 Tuskegee 30 ?
November 24, 1994 Alabama State 37 Tuskegee 35 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 1995 Alabama State 58 Tuskegee 20 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 1996 Tuskegee 21 Alabama State 14 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 1997 Tuskegee 21 Alabama State 16 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 1998 Alabama State 27 Tuskegee 7 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 1999 Tuskegee 37 Alabama State 34 Montgomery, AL
November 23, 2000 Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 27 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 2001 Tuskegee 31 Alabama State 27 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 2002 Tuskegee 25 Alabama State 20 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 2003 Alabama State 48 Tuskegee 28 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 2004 Tuskegee 27 Alabama State 17 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 2005 Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 27 Montgomery, AL
November 23, 2006 Tuskegee 17 Alabama State 10 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 2007 Tuskegee 64 Alabama State 58 Montgomery, AL
November 27, 2008 Alabama State 17 Tuskegee 13 Montgomery, AL
November 26, 2009 Tuskegee 21 Alabama State 0 Montgomery, AL
November 25, 2010 Tuskegee 17 Alabama State 10 Montgomery, AL
November 24, 2011 Alabama State 30 Tuskegee 21 Montgomery, AL
November 22, 2012 Tuskegee 27 Alabama State 25 Montgomery, AL
November 28, 2013 Alabama State 41 Stillman 28 Montgomery, AL

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Cunningham, Jonathon (2006-11-16), "Big Classic: Orlando's About to Go off the Chain", Orlando Weekly, retrieved 2009-10-22 
  3. ^ "There's Plenty in the Area to See and Do", Montgomery Advertiser, 2009-10-22, retrieved 2009-10-22 
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  9. ^ Perrin, Mike (2008-11-01), "Pioneer Bowl Suspended for 2008; Nowhere for Tuskegee to Go", The Birmingham News, retrieved 2009-10-22 
  10. ^ Birdsong, Nick (March 4, 2014). Turkey Day Classic won't be held on Thanksgiving. AL.com. Retrieved June 12, 2014.