The excitement and energy of Black college football came north of the Mason-Dixon Line Saturday at the 41st Annual New York Urban League (NYUL) Football Classic at MetLife Stadium.

This Benedict College Tigers from South Carolina beat the Virginia State University Trojans 30 to 14. Along with the game, spectators enjoyed tailgating, vendors and the Battle of the Bands at halftime featuring rappers Special Ed, Slick Rick and Rob Base.

NYUL President and CEO Arva Rice said, “We are thrilled to partner with these two schools not only on the football game, but also on our efforts to encourage more students of colors’ interest in Science, Technology , Engineering and Math (STEM). ”

Last year’s game was canceled due the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Funds raised at the game go toward scholarships NYUL provides for local high schools students. The organization is hosting an HBCU fair featuring several schools in November at Riverbank State Park.