Wednesday, September 14, 2016
MOBILE, Alabama -- Among all of the celebrated Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) football teams in the United States, two that stand out are Tuskegee and Florida A&M. Going into this season, the Golden Tigers claim the most all-time wins among HBCU teams with 668, while the Rattlers are next at 574.
Now, for the first time since 1996, these two rivals will face each other during the 5th Quarter Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17. The game, sponsored by the Mobile Sports Authority, will kick off at 6 p.m.
“One of the events which we at the Mobile Sports Authority thought was missing on our annual Mobile sports calendar was a ‘Classic-style’ college football game,” said Danny Corte, executive director of the MSA. “It’s been seven years since the last Classic was played here [in 2009]. So several years ago we started working to create another Classic game for Mobile.
“We’re very proud to have two traditional teams and former rivals, that being Florida A&M and Tuskegee, playing in Mobile on Sept. 17 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. We’re looking forward to welcoming the teams, officials and fans for both teams to Mobile.”
The most recent meeting between the two was a 56-0 shutout by FAMU in 1996. The Rattlers lead the overall series, which began in 1906, by a 27-15-2 margin.