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Bayou Classic: The Showplace of Black College Football



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The Bayou Classic debuted in 1974 in New Orleans’ Tulane Stadium before 76,753 fans who saw Grambling State defeat Southern University, 21-0.  As the classic expanded over the years, they left Tulane Stadium for the larger Louisiana Superdome and resumed their string of consecutive sellout crowds, gaining a national audience when NBC began annual telecasts in 1974. They have met 37 times with Grambling holding a one-game edge. Renamed the State Farm Bayou Classic, it continues to be one of the most popular sporting events in college football. They continue to bring the excitement of black college football competition, and the highly entertaining Battle of the Bands, featuring two of the best in the land. It is the only black college football classic, and the only non-FBS college football game, to air regularly on a nationwide broadcast television network.

Bayou Classic Record
1974     Grambling** 21, Southern  0
1975     Grambling**33, Southern* 17
1976     Grambling 10, Southern 2
1977     Grambling**55, Southern 20
1978     Grambling*28, Southern 15
1979     Southern 14, Grambling 7
1980     Grambling**43, Southern 6
1981     Southern 51, Grambling 20
1982     Southern 22, Grambling 17
1983     Grambling 24, Southern 10
1984     Grambling 31, Southern 29
1985     Grambling*29, Southern 12
1986     Grambling 30, Southern 3
1987     Southern 27, Grambling 21
1988     Southern 10, Grambling 3
1989     Grambling* 44, Southern 30
1990     Grambling 25, Southern 13
1991     Southern 31, Grambling 30
1992     Grambling** 30, Southern 27
1993     Southern 31**, Grambling 13
1994     Southern 34, Grambling*7
1995     Southern** 30, Grambling 14
1996     Southern 17, Grambling 12
1997     Southern** 30, Grambling 7
1998     Southern* 26, Grambling 14
1999     Southern* 37, Grambling 31
2000     Southern 33, Grambling* 29
2001     Grambling**30, Southern 20
2002     Southern 48, Grambling**24
2003     Southern** 44, Grambling 41
2004     Grambling 24, Southern 13
2005     Grambling**50, Southern 35
2006     Southern 21, Grambling 17
2007     Southern 22, Grambling 13
2008     Grambling**29, Southern 14
2009     Grambling 31, Southern 13
2010     Grambling* 38, Southern 17
                *=SWAC Champions
               **=Black College National
                       Champions

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(Top Left)
  Grambling wide receiver Nate Singleton tries to elude Southern defensive backs Jerry Wilson and Malik Boyd  (Top Right) Grambling’s Walter Dean breaks a long gain as Jerry Wilson and Jimmy Conner zero in  (Bottom Left) Southern’s “Human Juke Box” strutting their stuff  (Bottom Right) Grambling State dazzles in a halftime thriller