Wildcats football team named 2013 HBCU champs

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Bethune-Cookman University has been named the Boxtorow 2013 HBCU Football National Champions, giving the Wildcats their first HBCU national title since 2010. It is the team’s second Boxtorow national title in the history of the media poll.

Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats face the Florida A&M University Rattlers during the Florida Classic game in Orlando last month.(JERMAINE HANKERSON/SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES)

Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats face the Florida A&M University Rattlers during the Florida Classic game in Orlando last month.
(JERMAINE HANKERSON/SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES)

After compiling a 10-3 overall record, and a 7-1 mark in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play, B-CU received just four first-place votes out of a possible 18 in the final media poll.

Champions of the MEAC for three of the past four years, the Wildcats narrowly edged Tennessee State for the HBCU crown.

The Tigers of TSU collected six first place votes, but the head-to-head matchup against B-CU in the annual John Merritt Classic weighed heavily on the voters.

The Wildcats claimed a hard-fought 12-9 victory over the Tigers at L.P. Field in Nashville on Labor Day weekend.

For more information, visit www.bcuathletics.com.

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