The action starts at noon on Saturday on ABC with the Celebration Bowl between North Carolina A&T and Grambling, champions of the MEAC and SWAC, respectively.
While North Carolina A&T may have the superior record, Grambling played a tougher schedule and has a great player in Kincade who will be the difference in the game.
For Grambling (11-2), it committed three costly turnovers that led to all 21 Aggies' points.
The Tigers quickly answered, though, as they went on an eight-play, 70-yard drive on their next possession, capped by a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Devante Kincade to wide receiver Jordan Jones. Quarterback Lamar Raynard will also have to continue to protect the football as he will be going against a very good Grambling secondary.
N.C. A&T's Lyndemian Brooks recovered a fumble at the Grambling 8 in the fourth quarter, but the Aggies came up empty when Cartwright tried to punch it in from a yard out on fourth down and was stopped by defensive end Brandon Varner.
While the Tigers' defense isn't quite as stout as last year's senior-led team that won the Celebration Bowl, senior linebacker De'Arius Christmas (79 tackles, 14½ tackles for loss) is the SWAC's defensive player of the year.
Five plays later, Raynard dumped the ball off to redshirt junior running back Marqeull Cartwright raced 11 yards for the game's first score, putting NC A&T up, 7-0, with 4:58 left in the first half.
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Raynard drove the Aggies 56 yards in seven plays for the winning touchdown, shaking off almost throwing his third interception.
"It's awesome", said McCain. They have a shot at history - a flawless season that would be capped with winning the black college national championship. They also stand on the shoulders of history with the fact that no team in the MEAC has ever had a ideal season, and they have 12 players who were named to the first-team All-MEAC. They overflow with talent, with N.C. A&T placing 12 players on the All-MEAC first team and Grambling nine on the All-SWAC first team.
Since the fourth quarter of the Bayou Classic three weeks ago, Grambling State hasn't closed a game the way everyone has become accustomed to the Tigers shutting the door during the program's successful run the last couple of seasons.
Kincade, in his final game as a Tiger, tried to will his team to their second straight national championship all game long.
The connections between these two programs are interesting, with NC A&T head coach Rod Broadway leading the way. Head Coach Broderick Fobbs says winning in all phases breeds success.
While Grambling was able to tie the game, it was never able to grab the lead. The Grambling State allowed just seven yards and Cartwright was stopped short at the goal line as the Aggies turned the ball over on downs.