Following a defiant seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12...
Bowie State vs. Tuskegee in Pioneer Bowl VIII
What: Pioneer Bowl V111
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, December 3
Where: American Legion Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
TV: ESPN Classic
Records: Bulldogs 8-3; Tigers
Series: First time playing each other
Bowie State- Mike Lynn, at school (5-5), overall (5-5)
Tuskegee-Rick Comegy, at school (79-25), overall (90-50)
The Bowie State Bulldogs, runner-up in the CIAA, will play SIAC runner-up Tuskegee, in the only NCAA Division 11 sanctioned bowl game.
North Carolina Central won the CIAA Championship and Albany State won the SIAC title. North Carolina Central and Albany State represented their conference in the Division 11 NCAA playoffs.
BULLDOGS RUNDOWN: The Bulldogs are playing in their second postseason game since 1988, when they lost to Portland State 34-17. They average 25 points and 369.3 yards a game and have allowed 16.7 points and 209.9 yards a game. The Bulldogs
Offensive attack is led by running back Isaac Redman (1303 yards, 11 touchdowns and 118.6 yards per game), quarterback Lamar Manigo (1256 yards, 15 touchdowns for 114.2 yards) and wide receiver Glenn Thomas (38-906 and 14 touchdowns.
TIGERS RUNDOWN: The Tigers are coming off a controversial 28-27 overtime win over arch rival Alabama State in the Turkey Day Classic. This is Coach Comegy’s sixth appearance in the Pioneer Bowl. They have won three of the five appearances. The Tigers average 31.1 points and 414.8 yards per game. They allow 15.2 points and 230.5 yards a game. Quarterback Kevin Huff leads the offensive attack. He has thrown for 2511 yards (228.3 per game) and 13 touchdowns. His go-to-guy is wide receiver Kenner Henderson, who has caught 67 passes for 1023 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Comegy has been courted by Jackson State for its head coaching position.