North Carolina A&T jumped out to a 24-6 lead in the second quarter and withstood a furious rally by Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl.
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Tarik Cohen rushed for 295 yards and three touchdowns of 73 or more yards Saturday, and North Carolina A&T used a slew of big plays for a 41-34 win over Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl.
NC A&T's Cohen keys Celebration Bowl win
Tarik Cohen ran for TDs of 74, 83 and 73 yards and racked up 295 yards on the ground (tied for the 5th-most in an FCS postseason game in the last 20 years) in North Carolina A&T's 41-34 win over Alcorn State.
Celebration Bowl coming down to wire
The first bowl game of the season is tight late in the fourth quarter as Alcorn State takes over trailing North Carolina A&T 41-34. Live on ABC, WatchESPN
Alcorn St. gets tricky to tie Celebration Bowl
The Braves lined up to kick a short field goal late in the fourth quarter -- but the attempt never happened as they pulled off the fake to tie North Carolina A&T at 34. (Live on ABC)
Alcorn State's incredible TD grab
WR Tollette George caught the ball along the sidelines and somehow kept his feet inbounds, pulling the Braves even with North Carolina A&T in the Celebration Bowl on ABC.
Bowl season began with punt return TD
And it came from North Carolina A&T's Khris Gardin, who sped 74 yards through Alcorn State's punt defense for his third return TD of the season. (Celebration Bowl live on ABC)
NC A&T leads Celebration Bowl at half
Tarik Cohen has nine carries for 171 yards and two TDs, including this 83-yard sprint, as North Carolina A&T leads Alcorn State 24-13. (Live on ABC)
Alcorn State cuts into deficit
The Braves took advantage of an interception by punching it in on the ensuing possession to cut into the Aggies' lead in the Celebration Bowl. (Live on ABC)
NC A&T keeps rolling with impressive pick
The Aggies lead Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl 24-6 and Denzel Jones just came up with a nice diving interception. (Live on ABC)
Celebration Bowl is off to a superb start
In half a quarter of play, each team has returned a punt for a touchdown, and North Carolina A&T just grabbed a 14-6 lead with an impressive 74-yard TD run by Tarik Cohen. (Live on ABC)
Celebration Bowl: 2 punts, 2 punt return TDs
Anthony Williams Jr. and Alcorn State come up with a punt return TD of their way after North Carolina A&T started the game with one. (Live on ABC)
Watch: Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
This is a matchup of two of the top defenses in FCS. North Carolina A&T only allowed 2 conference opponents to score more than 2 TDs in a game this season, while Alcorn State allowed just one team to throw for more than 200 yards in a game. Live on ABC/WatchESPN
Two well-coached conference champions meet in a national championship of sorts for historically black colleges and universities.
Who will win the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl?
The North Carolina A&T Aggies and the Alcorn State Braves will go at it on Dec. 19 in the first ever Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. Mark Schlabach shares who and what to watch in what he thinks will be a close game. Schlabach: Bowl predictions
Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T have come a long way in the past four years, and it will culminate on Saturday in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.
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