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The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Bowl was a college football bowl game played from 1989 to 2003. From 1993 until its cancellation in 2003, the game pitted the champion of the Northeast Conference against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion. All games were played on campus sites.

All games involved a team from either New York State or Pennsylvania, and only the 1997 game, hosted by Georgetown University, did not take place in either one of those states. At the time, the NEC and MAAC were two of three conferences (the third being the Pioneer Football League) that did not have an automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Football Championship but had not voluntarily abstained from the tournament; the conferences were notable in that they did not offer football scholarships. The Northeast Conference edged the MAAC in all-time results, with NEC members winning six of the ten games.

By 2003, several of the MAAC universities were closing down their football teams, and the ECAC Bowl was likewise shuttered; this contraction eventually led to the conference's dropping of the sport in 2007. From 2006-2009, the NEC champion instead participated in the Gridiron Classic against the Pioneer Football League champion. The NEC was awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in 2010, with the PFL receiving their bid in 2013.

The ECAC has since sponsored a six-bowl regional bowl series for teams in Division III that do not qualify for that division's NCAA tournament.


Date Winner Loser Venue
November 18, 1989 Franklin & Marshall 31 St. John's 18 Jamaica, NY
November 21, 1992 Wagner 48 Saint Francis (PA) 6 Staten Island, NY
November 20, 1993 Wagner 32 Iona 0 New Rochelle, NY
November 19, 1994 St. John's 34 Wagner 14 Jamaica, NY
November 18, 1995 Duquesne 44 Wagner 20 Pittsburgh, PA
November 23, 1996 Robert Morris 28 Duquesne 26 Pittsburgh, PA
November 22, 1997 Robert Morris 35 Georgetown 13 Washington, DC
December 1, 2001 Sacred Heart 31 Duquesne 15 Pittsburgh, PA
November 23, 2002 Albany 23 Duquesne 0 Albany, NY
November 22, 2003 Duquesne 12 Monmouth 10 Pittsburgh, PA


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