Championship rings cap the 2012 football season
April 02, 2013
- All-American tailback Daronte McNeill scored two fourth quarter touchdowns in route to Pioneer Bowl XIV MVP honors as the Elizabeth City State University Vikings toppled Tuskegee University 28-13 On December 1, 2012 at AJ McClung Stadium in Columbus, GA
- The victory over the Golden Tigers marks the first post season football win for the Vikings since their lone CIAA championship back in 1971. Before Saturday, the Vikings were 0-3 in the NCAA playoffs (1981, 2006, 2011) and lost in their only other Pioneer Bowl appearance back in 2009 to Tuskegee 21-7.
- Daronte McNeill, Brad Davis, Nigel Rios, Vincent Maene, were all instrumental in the win (members of the 2012 All-CIAA First Team)