Orange Blossom Classic 2017-05-19T05:22:40+00:00

Orange Blossom Classic


From 1933 -1978, this was the must see game of the post season. Hosted by Florida A&M, for many years, it was  considered the unofficial de facto Black college championship game…the mythical “Black National Championship” game. In the rivalries that followed, FAMU owned a 25-23 record over their opponents. It was the showcase for the Florida A&M Marching 100 band that was the trendsetter among Black college bands.
Some of the past stars were: Willie Galimore, Bob Hayes, FAMU, Parnell Dickinson, Prairie View A&M.

(Presently, an occasional regular season game between Florida A&M and Florida International is called the  Orange Blossom Classic. Florida International, however, is not a historically black college). 

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Orange Blossom Results
1933     Florida A&M 9, Howard 0
1934     Florida A&M 13, Virginia State 12
1935     Kentucky State 19, Florida A&M 10
1936     Prairie View 25, Florida A&M 0
1937     Florida A&M 25, Hampton 20
1938     Florida A&M 9, Kentucky State 7
1939     Florida A&M 42, Wiley 0
1940     Central State 0, Florida A&M 0
1941     Florida A&M 15, Tuskegee 7
1942     Florida A&M 12, Texas College 6
1943     Hampton 39, Florida A&M 0
1944     Virginia State 19, Florida A&M 6
1945     Wiley 32, Florida A&M 6
1946     Lincoln 20, Florida A&M 0
1947*    Florida A&M 7, Hampton 0
1948     Virginia Union 10, Florida A&M 6
1949     North Carolina A&T 20, Florida A&M 14
1950     Central State, OH 13, Florida A&M 6
1951     Florida A&M 67, NC Central 6
1952     Florida A&M 29, Virginia State 7
1953     Prairie View 33, Florida A&M 27
1954     Florida A&M 67, Maryland State 19
1955     Grambling 28, Florida A&M 21
1956     Tennessee State 41, Florida A&M 39
1957     Florida A&M 27, Maryland State 21
1958     Prairie View 26, Florida A&M 8
1959     Florida A&M 28, Prairie View 7
1960     Florida A&M 40, Langston 26
1961     Florida A&M 14, Jackson State 8
1962     Jackson State 22, Florida A&M 6
1963     Morgan State 30, Florida A&M 7
1964     Florida A&M 42, Grambling 15
1965     Morgan State 36, Florida A&M 7
1966     Florida A&M 43, Alabama A&M 26
1967     Grambling 28, Florida A&M 25
1968     Alcorn State 36, Florida A&M 9
1969     Florida A&M 23, Grambling 19
1970     Jacksonville State 21, Florida A&M 7
1971     Florida A&M 27, Kentucky State 9
1972     Florida A&M 41, Md-Eastern Shore 21
1973     Florida A&M 23, South Carolina State 12
1974     Florida A&M 17, Howard 13
1975     Florida A&M 40, Kentucky State 13
1976     Florida A&M 26, Central State, OH 21
1977     Florida A&M 37, Delaware State 15
1978     Florida A&M 31, Grambling 7

In 1933, FAMU beat Howard in front of 2,000 fans at a “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla. For 13 years, the contest hopped around the Florida cities of Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa before becoming an annual event in Miami in 1947

*Florida A&M Rattler wide receiver Nathaniel “Traz” Powell caught a 45-yard pass to beat Hampton Institute, 7-0 and became the first black player to score a touchdown on the Orange Bowl’s previously whites-only gridiron
1947

 

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