Vulcan Bowl

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The Vulcan Bowl was a college football bowl game played at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The game was played on New Year's Day between 1941 and 1949 and again in 1952, between historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The game was one of the longer-lasting bowls for HBCUs established in the 1940s.[1] The first game in the series was called the "Steel Bowl," and the bowl game served as an early era black college football national championship game by matching the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion against the best team from the other HBCU conferences.[2]

Game results[edit]

Annual Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
1st 1 January 1941 Morris Brown 19 Wilberforce 3[3]
2nd 1 January 1942 Langston 13 Morris Brown 0
3rd 1 January 1943 Texas College 13 Tuskegee 0
4th 1 January 1944 Tuskegee 12 Clark Atlanta 7
5th 1 January 1945 Tennessee State 12 Tuskegee 7
6th 1 January 1946 Tennessee State 33 Texas College 6
7th 1 January 1947 Tennessee State 32 Louisville Municipal College 0
8th 1 January 1948 Central State 27 Grambling 21
9th 1 January 1949 Kentucky State 23 North Carolina A&T 13
10th 1 January 1952 Bethune-Cookman 27 Texas College 13
Results Source: Vulcan Bowl, at the College Football Data Warehouse

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roger B., Saylor (May 2000). "Black College Football" (PDF). College Football Historical Society Newsletter. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Vulcan Bowl Game Set". Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News (p. 11). November 7, 1941. 
  3. ^ John Rodgers (January 11, 1941). "Morris Brown Tops Wilberforce In Thrilling Steel Bowl Game". Durham Carolina Times (p. 5).