Bowie State will play Tuskegee in the Pioneer Bowl on Dec. 3 in Charlotte, giving the Bulldogs their second postseason appearance in school history and first since 1988.
The game matches representatives of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Division II leagues of historically black colleges and universities.
Bowie State (8-3) advanced to last week's CIAA title game and led North Carolina Central by 17 at halftime before losing on a field goal with three seconds left. North Carolina Central moved on to the Division II tournament, and the Bulldogs received a consolation prize.
"It's heartbreaking when you don't finish up," Bowie Coach Mike Lynn Jr. said of that loss. "We're excited to get a chance to play again and redeem our honor a little bit."
Like a Division I bowl, the game also provides additional practice time, which Lynn said would help the program next season.
The Pioneer Bowl was scheduled to be played in Mobile, Ala., but was moved to Charlotte after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. It will be played at American Legion Memorial Stadium and shown live on ESPN Classic. Bowie State officials committed to sell 1,500 tickets to the game.
-- Dan Steinberg