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FAMU-Cookman Rivalry Heats Up the State of Florida


 

With attendance increasing at college football bowl games, the Florida Classic has led the Black college post season parade, recently surpassing the Bayou Classic between Grambling and Southern.  The rivalry began in 1925 with Florida A&M winning the first game, 25-0.
Bethune Cookman
took the second contest a year later. The game became a hotly-contested rivalry even with FAMU’s dominating the series early (19 straight victories). 

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The first “Florida Classic” was played in 1978, and Florida A&M turned a 17-0 halftime deficit into ascintillating
come-from-behind 27-17 win. They went to capture their first NCAA Division 1-AA championship.
As they continued to play before ever- increasing crowds, they were forced to consider using bigger venues than their smaller home stadiums. The games were held at sites like Daytona International Speedway and Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee before the two schools agreed on a permanent site in Tampa in 1978.
The Rattlers lead the series, 48-15-1

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YEAR       RESULTS               ATTENDANCE
2010          FAMU 38, B-CU 27        61,712
2009          FAMU 42, B-CU 6          59,418
2008          FAMU 58, B-CU 35        60,71
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007          B-CU 34, FAMU 7          65,367
2006          FAMU 35, B-CC 21         71,216
2005          FAMU 26, B-CC 23 (OT)  70,112
2004          B-CC 58, FAMU 52 (OT)  71,153
2003          B-CC 39, FAMU 35        73,358
2002          B-CC 37, FAMU 10         70,201
2001          FAMU 31, B-CC 21          70,112
2000          FAMU 31, B-CC 28        70,719
1999          FAMU 63, B-CC 14          70,125
1998          FAMU 50, B-CC 14         66,245
1997          FAMU 52, B-CC 35         56,351
1996          FAMU 41, B-CC 17         31,208
1995          FAMU 43, B-CC 0          37,006
1994          B-CC 27, FAMU 24         36,81
1993          FAMU 27, B-CC 22         31,264
1992          B-CC 35, FAMU 21         40,714
1991          FAMU 46, B-CC 28        40,259
1990          FAMU 42, B-CC 20        42,776
1989          FAMU 30, B-CC 7          43,703
1988          B-CC 25, FAMU 0          50,259
1987          FAMU 21, B-CC 10         41,521
1986          FAMU 16, B-CC 6          38,204
1985          B-CC 31, FAMU 27        41,358
1984         FAMU 29, B-CC 14         39,160
1981         FAMU 20, B-CC 0          45,964
1980         B-CC 16, FAMU 14         43,281
1979         B-CC 25, FAMU 20        40,253
1978         FAMU 14, B-CC 7           42,061