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Grantland Rice Bowl

The annual college football bowl game -named for Grantland Rice, was one of four regional NCAA college division championships from 1964 to 1972. The Rice Bowl morphed into the Mideast Regional championship and was played in Murfreesboro, Tennessee  from 1964 -1968.
The NCAA realigned the Regionals in 1969 and the game shifted to Baton Rouge, Louisiana until 1975.
In 1973, after another restructuring, the game became the national Division II semifinal. The game became the Division II semifinal in Fargo, North Dakota in 1976, and was played in Anniston, Alabama in 1977.
The game ceased to exist with the formation of Division I-AA and a playoff structure.
In the 1968 game, Tommy Spinks of Louisiana Tech set two records when he caught 12 passes for 167 yards. NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw was the Louisiana Tech quarterback in that game.
Since 1981, the NCAA Division I FCS Playoff South Regional Championship (National Quarterfinal) is commonly referred to as the Grantland Rice Bowl in honor of its College Division heritage.

(The game is played at the highest remaining seed in the South Region with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoff  Final Four (National Semifinal).


 

 Grantland Rice Bowl Results
Date        Results
1964    Middle Tennessee State 20, Muskingum 0
1965    Tennessee State 14, Ball State 14
1966    Tennessee State 34,  Muskingum
1967    Eastern Kentucky 27, Ball State 13
1968    Louisiana Tech 33, Akron  13
1969    East Tennessee State  34, Louisiana Tech 14
1970     Tennessee State 26, Louisiana-Lafayette 25
1971     Tennessee State 26, McNeese State 23
1972     Louisiana Tech 35, Tennessee Tech 0
1973     Western Kentucky 28, Grambling 20
1974     Delaware 49, UNLV 11
1975     Western Kentucky 14, New Hampshire 3
1976     Montana State 10, North Dakota State 3
1977     Jacksonville State 31, North Dakota State 7
(South Region Championship — FCS playoffs)
1981     South Carolina State 26, Tennessee State 25
1982     Tennessee State 20, Eastern Illinois 19
1983     Western Carolina 28, Holy Cross 21
1984     Louisiana Tech 44, Alcorn State 21
1985     Georgia Southern 28, Middle Tennessee State 21
1986     Georgia Southern 55, Nicholls State 31
1987     Appalachian State 19, Georgia Southern 0
1988     Eastern Kentucky 41, Western Kentucky 24
1989     Georgia Southern 45, Middle Tennessee State 3
1990     Central Florida 52, William & Mary 38
1991     Marshall 41, Northern Iowa 13
1992     Youngstown State 42, Citadel 17
1993     Youngstown State 34, Georgia Southern 14
1994     Youngstown State 18, Eastern Kentucky 15
1995     Marshall 41, Northern Iowa 24
1996     Marshall 54, Furman 0
1997     Delaware 16, Georgia Southern 7
1998     Georgia Southern 27, Connecticut 21
1999     Florida A&M 17, Troy 10
2000     Appalachian State 17, Western Kentucky 14
2001     Georgia Southern 38, Appalachian State 24
2002     Georgia Southern 31, Maine 7
2003     Wofford 34, Western Kentucky 17
2004     William & Mary 44, Delaware 38
2003     Furman 24, Richmond 20
2004     Appalachian State 38, Montana State 17
2005     Southern Illinois 34, Massachusetts 27
2006     Richmond 33, Appalachian State 13
2009     Appalachian State35, Richmond31

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Tennessee State quarterback Eldridge Dickey led the Tigers to back to back (1965, ’66) Bowls wins. He was the no. 1 draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1968, but even after a stellar college career at quarterback, he never played at the position in the pros.