Courtesy/Winston Salem State athletics

After a 10-year hiatus, North Carolina A&T and Winston-Salem State will renew their historic football rivalry.

On Monday, North Carolina A&T announced that the programs will meet four years from now — Sept. 7, 2024, in Greensboro.

“I know our fan base has been excited about the prospect of playing this game since WSSU withdrew their petition to join the MEAC,” said N.C. A&T director of athletics, Earl M. Hilton III. “I am glad we were able to put this together for our fans.”


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It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2010 when the Rams defeated the Aggies 21-14 in East Greensboro.

The Aggies lead the all-time series 36-12. The renewal of the WSSU rivalry will be a part of the 100-year celebration of N.C. A&T football.

A return to the series gained steam after WSSU announced their intentions to become a Division I athletics program and a provisional member of the MEAC. The Rams and the Aggies played each other every season from 2006-10 before WSSU decided to return to Division II play.


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“This is a tremendous opportunity to renew a historic rivalry, the Battle of I-40, during this anniversary year at NCAT’s Truist Stadium,” said WSSU athletics director Etienne Thomas. “Thanks to the vision and leadership at both schools we will be able to provide our fans with a phenomenal event.

Fans of both institutions will get a chance to renew one of the great rivalries in college football. We are excited that Chancellor Martin, athletics director Earl Hinton, and coach (Sam) Washington thought of WSSU for inclusion in this celebration.”



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