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2017 Schedule
9-3, 1st in MEAC
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Late blocked PAT wins Celebration Bowl for Grambling (0:41)
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Celebration penalty mars end of Celebration Bowl

Grambling State won the Celebration Bowl when it blocked an extra point kick set back 15 yards by an excessive celebration with just over two minutes left, holding off North Carolina Central 10-9

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Trophy presentation for Grambling's HBCU National Championship win (5:12)
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Grambling holds on to beat NC Central

Facing third and 12 and needing a touchdown, Malcolm Bell scrambles out and goes deep to Quentin Atkinson for the wild 39-yard touchdown. But on the extra point try, Brandon McLaren's kick is blocked to preserve the win for Grambling State.

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NC Central gets miraculous TD but Grambling blocks PAT to win (1:33)

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Martez Carter's 66-yard TD run felt deflating for a NC Central defense that pitched a shutout in the first half. Just like that Grambling State leads, 7-3.

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Grambling's Carter breaks free for 32-yard TD (0:38)
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Grambling head coach Broderick Fobbs wants his offense to finish drives in second half (0:29)

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

NC Central's 3-0 halftime lead over Grambling could be bigger if not for a field goal attempt that went wide left and an interception in the red zone. But when you're pitching a shutout against an offense that averages 42.5 points per game, you can't be that upset.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

The first quarter of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl began with an interception by Grambling QB Devante Kincade. So naturally the second quarter offers more of the same as NC Central QB Malcolm Bell turns it over inside the red zone. NC Central holding on to a 3-0 lead thanks to a defense that's getting consistent pressure on Kincade.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Devante Kincade made a bad decision to begin the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. The Grambling State QB and SWAC Player of the Year took a shot deep, threw into triple-coverage and paid the price with an interception. NC Central will take over with momentum in its favor.

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

You ready to get bowling? Bowl season is about to get underway with the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl with North Carolina Central (9-2) going up against Grambling State (11-1). The winner will be recognized as the HBCU national champs.

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Key betting numbers for Dec. 17-22 bowls

On your phone and need some quick betting advice on a bowl game? Fear not, we've got graphical representations of the biggest key betting numbers for Dec. 17-22 bowls.

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Celebration Bowl: "We couldn't ask for a better matchup" (1:50)
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Celebration Bowl Preview: MEAC vs. SWAC (1:40)
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HBCU Game of the Week: Tarik Cohen and the Aggies vs. North Carolina Central (1:53)
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The Hampton Pirates Move into the HBCU Power Rankings (2:18)
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2016 MEAC Standings

TEAMCONFOVR
North Carolina Central8-09-3
North Carolina A&T7-19-3
Hampton5-35-6
South Carolina State5-35-6
Bethune-Cookman4-44-6
Florida A&M4-44-7
Norfolk State3-54-7
Savannah State3-53-7
Morgan State3-53-8
Howard2-62-9
Delaware State0-80-11