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2019 Celebration Bowl preview: Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Alcorn State Braves and the North Carolina A&T Aggies will play in the lone FCS Bowl contest. The two teams will face off in the Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 21st, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The game will kick off at noon EST. The game will be played on ABC.

Alcorn State Braves quarterback Felix Harper attempts a pass
Felix Harper attempts a pass (Photo by Alcorn State Athletic Department)

The Celebration Bowl has been taking place in Atlanta since the 2015 season. It features a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

This is the defacto National Championship for Black College Football. This is the fourth time that the Aggies have appeared in this game.

They have won the previous three games, including back-to-back wins in 2017 and 2018.

This is Alcorn State’s third appearance in the game. However, the Braves are 0-2 in their previous contests — both losses to the Aggies.

North Carolina A&T defeated Alcorn State 41-34 in the inaugural game in 2015. Then, one year ago, they won again 24-22.

The MEAC is 3-1 all-time in this game. The Grambling State Tigers has the lone SWAC win, as they defeated the North Carolina Central Eagles, 10-9, in the 2016 contest.

North Carolina A&T is 8-3. They are on a two-game win streak. During the two-game win streak, they have outscored their opponents 101-17.

The team is just 3-3 on the road this season.

Alcorn State brings a 9-3 record into the contest. The Braves have won their last three games.

During their three-game win streak, the team has outscored their opponents 114-58. While Alcorn State was perfect at home (7-0), they have struggled on the road with a 2-3 record.

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North Carolina A&T is averaging 35.7 points per game. Their defense is giving up 18.6 points per contest.

Aggies quarterback Kylil Carter has gone 137 of 254 for 1,856 yards. He has thrown 12 touchdown passes and three interceptions.

Jah-Maine Martin leads the backs with 171 carries for 1,336 yards and 21 touchdowns. Elijah Bell leads the receivers with 53 receptions for 782 yards and six touchdowns.

Alcorn State is averaging 32.75 points per game. Their defense is giving up 19.67 points per contest.

Felix Harper went 179 of 296 for 2,613 yards. He has 30 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

Niko Duffey leads the backs with 152 carries for 790 yards and six touchdowns. Chris Blair leads the receivers with 37 receptions for 781 yards and six touchdowns.

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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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