Elijah Bell
2019 Football

NCAT faces off against rival NCCU with Celebration Bowl bid on the line

North Carolina A&T needs just one more win to get back to the Celebration Bowl. NCCU will try to crash the coronation.

North Carolina Central Eagles (4-7, 3-4 MEAC) vs. North Carolina A&T State Aggies (7-3, 5-2 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 23 • BB&T Stadium • Greensboro, N.C. • 1 p.m.
TV: ESPN3 (Rebroadcast on ESPNU)

State bragging rights will be on the line as longtime rivals North Carolina A&T State and North Carolina Central wrap up their season by participating in the Aggie-Eagle Football Classic. In addition, the Aggies can clinch their third straight Celebration Bowl berth with a win, and a win would – at worst – give them a share of the MEAC title.


The Aggies have won the last two meetings, including 45-0 last season, and they lead the all-time series 51-34-5 between the two biggest HBCUs in the state. Jah-Maine Martin was named MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Aggies’ 47-17 win over Bethune-Cookman this past Saturday after running for 120 yards and three scores on 19 carries. The three touchdowns gave him 19 for the season, which breaks the Aggies’ single-season record and ties the school record for total touchdowns. It was his fifth 100-yard game of the season. North Carolina Central’s Darius Royster logged his conference-leading ninth sack of the season in the Eagles’ 24-0 loss to South Carolina State this past weekend.

The HBCU Gameday crew will be at BB&T Stadium on Saturday as part of the HBCU Tailgate Tour, which kicks off at 11 AM. We will host the HBCU Tailgate Pregame Show, Driven by Nissan live with co-hosts Rock-T of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show and Olympic medalist Kelli Wells-Brinkley. There will be giveaways from Pepsi, Papa Johns, Uber, Scotch Porter and more. We’ll see you there.


NCAT faces off against rival NCCU with Celebration Bowl bid on the line
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