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Boxtorow HBCU Football Top 10 Coaches and Media Poll

North Carolina A&T crowned BOXTOROW national champions

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The year was 1999.

That was last time North Carolina A&T won a national championship.  Sixteen years later, they are national champions again.

The Aggies 41-34 victory over Alcorn State in the first-ever Celebration Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, solidified their place in history as the 2015 HBCU national champions in the final BOXTOROW Coaches Poll of 2015.

“It’s great to be national champions and I’m proud of our players, staff and administration,” said A&T fifth-year head coach Rod Broadway.  “We’re glad to win it.  We had a good team and the players got everything they deserved.”

A&T received all but one first-place vote.

Alcorn State, the back-to-back SWAC champions and the 2014 BOXTOROW national champions finished second.

The Aggies, MEAC co-champions for the second year in a row, sat atop the poll for six weeks.  Their only two losses of the season were to FBS opponent North Carolina and to fellow MEAC co-champion North Carolina Central who finished No. 5.

The third MEAC co-champion was Bethune-Cookman who finished No. 3.  Grambling State was the other top five team and finished No. 4.

In its seventh year, the BOXTOROW HBCU FCS Coaches Poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches.

2015 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Coaches Top 10 Poll
Final
(December 19, 2015)

No. Team W-L Pts. Last Week (11/23)
1. North Carolina A&T (21)
10-2
218 5
2. Alcorn State
9-4
192 6
3. Bethune-Cookman (1)
9-2
167 2
4. Grambling State
9-3
145 1
5. North Carolina Central
8-3
140 4
6. Prairie View A&M
8-2
118 3
7. South Carolina State
7-4
82 7
8. Southern
6-4
58 8
9. Hampton
6-5
42 9
10. Alabama State
6-5
26 10

Other receiving votes: Tennessee State (4-6) 4, Morgan State (4-6) 2.
(1st place votes in parentheses)

BOXTOROW National Football Champions (Coaches) Year-by-Year
2015 North Carolina A&T
2014 Alcorn State
2013 Bethune-Cookman
2012 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
2011 Norfolk State
2010 Bethune-Cookman
2009 South Carolina State

 

North Carolina A&T named BOXTOROW national champions

North Carolina A&T All-American running back Tarik Cohen sat at the podium of the postgame press conference at the Georgia Dome after the Aggies 41-34 victory over Alcorn State in the first-ever Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.

During the first quarter, Cohen, who rushed for 295 yards and three touchdowns, left the game due to dehydration.  When asked about it by a reporter Cohen said, “All I had for breakfast was a half of a glass of orange juice.  I wasn’t hungry for food.  I was hungry for this national championship.”

The North Carolina A&T Aggies sit on top of the HBCU football world as the Aggies were voted 2015 BOXTOROW HBCU national champions in the final BOXTOROW Media Poll of 2015.

“It’s great to be national champions and I’m proud of our players, staff and administration” said A&T fifth-year head coach Rod Broadway.  “We’re glad to win it.  We had a good team and the players got everything they deserved.”

N.C. A&T, the MEAC co-champions for the second-straight season, was a unanimous selection.

Alcorn State, the back-to-back SWAC champions and the 2014 BOXTOROW national champions finished No. 2.  MEAC co-champion Bethune-Cookman finished No. 3, followed by Grambling at No. 4 and MEAC co-champion North Carolina Central rounded out the top five.

The BOXTOROW Media Poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.

2015 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll
Final
(Records through December 19, 2015)

No. Team W-L Pts. Last Week (11/23)
1. North Carolina A&T (16)
10-2
160 3
2 Alcorn State
9-4
139 6
3. Bethune-Cookman
9-2
111 2
4. Grambling
9-3
106 1
5. North Carolina Central
8-3
98 4
6. Prairie View A&M
8-2
76 5
7. Tuskegee
10-3
54 7
8. South Carolina State
7-4
49 8
9. Southern
6-4
34 10
10. Virginia Union
8-3
19 NR

Other receiving votes: Bowie State (9-3)13, Hampton (6-5) 7, Alabama State (6-5) 6, Winston-Salem State (6-5) 2, Virginia State (6-4) 2.

(1st place votes in parentheses)

BOXTOROW National Football Champions (Media) Year-by-Year
2015 North Carolina A&T
2014 Alcorn State
2013 Bethune-Cookman
2012 Winston-Salem State
2011 Winston-Salem State
2010 Bethune-Cookman
2009 South Carolina State
2008 Grambling
2007 Tuskegee

 

 

 

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