Turkey Day Classic 2017-05-19T05:22:41+00:00

Turkey Day Classic


 

The state of Alabama was the birthplace of some of Black college football earliest “classic” games.PictureTuskegee Institute was one of the earliest ‘powerhouse’ programs in baseball, football and track and field, all guided by head coach Cleve Abbott, a Tuskegee icon. The interstate rivalry with Alabama State University began in 1901, but it was in 1924 that they started what is one of the oldest known Black college football classics.  Tuskegee won the first seven games before ASU won their first on a default, 2-0.  An early Golden Tiger star and their first All-American, Ben Stevenson led them on a 9-0-2 win streak in the middle of their domination from 1916-33.  Alabama State put together winning streaks of their own through the years and won the last three games played (1983-85).

Pre-Turkey Day Results
1901      Tuskegee 37 Alabama State 0
1902      Tuskegee 85 Alabama State 0
1903      No Game
1904      Tuskegee 65 Alabama State 0
1905      Tuskegee 6 Alabama State 0
1906      Tuskegee 5 Alabama State 0
1907      Tuskegee 6 Alabama State 0
1908      Tuskegee 6 Alabama State 0
1909      Alabama State 2 Tuskegee 0
1910      No Game through 1913
1914      Tuskegee 7 Alabama State 7
1915      Alabama State 13 Tuskegee 0
1916      Tuskegee 33 Alabama State 0
1917      No Game
1918      Tuskegee 31 Alabama State 0
1919      No Game through 1921
1922      Tuskegee 19 Alabama State 0*
1923      Tuskegee 13 Alabama State 6*

Turkey Day Classic Results
1924      Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 7
1925      Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 0
1926      Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 0
1927      Tuskegee 0 Alabama State 0
1928      Tuskegee 6  Alabama State 6
1929      Tuskegee 20 Alabama State 0
1930      Tuskegee 32 Alabama State 6
1931      Tuskegee 32 Alabama State 7
1932      Tuskegee 7 Alabama State 0
1933      Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 7
1934      Alabama State 6 Tuskegee 2
1935      Alabama State 3 Tuskegee 0
1936      Tuskegee 7 Alabama State 0
1937      Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 0
1938     Alabama State 26 Tuskegee 0
1939      Tuskegee 6 Alabama State 0
1940      Alabama State 31 Tuskegee 12
1941      Tuskegee 33 Alabama State 6*
1942      Tuskegee 27 Alabama State 0*
1943      Tuskegee 19 Alabama State 13*
1944      Tuskegee 32 Alabama State 12*

1945      Tuskegee 26 Alabama State 0*
1946      Tuskegee 26 Alabama State 14*
1947      Tuskegee 26 Alabama State 26*
1948      Tuskegee 15 Alabama State 0*
1949      Tuskegee 20 Alabama State 19
1950      Tuskegee 16 Alabama State 0
1951      Tuskegee 26 Alabama State 13
1952      Alabama State 28 Tuskegee 13
1953      Alabama State 6 Tuskegee 2
1954      Alabama State 23 Tuskegee 2
1955      Alabama State 19 Tuskegee 13
1956      Tuskegee 19 Alabama State 13
1957      Alabama State 13 Tuskegee 7
1958      Tuskegee 24 Alabama State 20
1959      Alabama State 22 Tuskegee 20
1960      Tuskegee 12 Alabama State 8
1961       Tuskegee 19 Alabama State 12
1962       Tuskegee 42 Alabama State 0
1963       Tuskegee 3 Alabama State 0
1964       Alabama State 19 Tuskegee 11
1965       Alabama State 20 Tuskegee 12
1966       Alabama State 35 Tuskegee 14
1967       Tuskegee 21 Alabama State 8
1968       Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 12
1969       Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 14
1970       Tuskegee 34 Alabama State 20
1971        No Game
1972       Tuskegee 13 Alabama State 0
1973       Tuskegee 23 Alabama State 15
1974       Tuskegee 28 Alabama State 7
1975        Alabama State 37 Tuskegee 21
1976        Alabama State 28 Tuskegee 14
1977        Alabama State 13 Tuskegee 7
1978        Alabama State 15 Tuskegee 0
1979        Alabama State 21 Tuskegee 6
1980       Alabama State 14 Tuskegee 7
1981        Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 3
1982        Tuskegee 14 Alabama State 13
1983        Alabama State 13 Tuskegee 3
1984        Alabama State 31 Tuskegee 8
1985        Alabama State 21 Tuskegee 0

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Ben Stevenson, Tuskegee
Golden Tigers first  All-America halfback played from 1923- 1930.
Dubbed the “Red Granger of Black College Football”…a seven time All-American…had a streak of 42 runs for 50 yards or more …was the definitive two-way star …the best running back in college and a
defensive stalwart …he also handled the punting and placekicking duties.
Elected to College Football Hall of Fame (2003)