The Vulcan Bowl, also known as the Steel Bowl, was a New Year's Day college football bowl game held for the 1940 through 1948 and 1951 seasons at Rickwood Field. The game was created to determine the annual Negro College championship.
- January 1, 1941: Morris Brown defeated Wilberforce by a final score of 19-3.
The first game was known as the Steel Bowl and was expected to attract over 15,000 spectators. A parade featuring two bands was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. while kickoff was scheduled for 2:00 p.m.1
- January 1, 1942: Langston College defeated Morris Brown College by a final score of 13-0.
- January 1, 1946: Tennessee State University defeated Texas College by a final score of 33-6.
- January 1, 1947: Tennessee State defeated Louisville Municipal College by a final score of 32-0.
- January 1, 1948: Central State (Ohio) defeated Grambling State by a final score of 27-21.
- January 1, 1949: Kentucky State defeated North Carolina A&T by a final score of 23-13.
West Virginia State University declined a bid to compete in this game due to the length of time between training and the game and a conflict with their already approved basketball schedule.2
- January 1, 1952: Bethune-Cookman defeated Texas College by a final score of 27-13.
Before the month was out, Bethune-Cookman sued the Steel Bowl Corporation for $1,300 citing breach of agreement. The school claimed the company's agreement was to provide $2,000 plus room and board for the 36 players.3
- House, Jack (January 1, 1942). "Wilberforce And Morris Brown Clash in Steel Bowl Contest." The Birmingham News. Page 10.
- "State Rejects Grid Bowl Bid." (November 19, 1948). The Charleston Gazette. Page B7.
- "Bethune-Cookman, Prairie View Bowl Game Victors." (January 17, 1952). Jet. Page 52.
- Segrest, Doug (August 25, 2002) "Legion Field: 75 years of memories". Birmingham News.
- College Football Data Warehouse. (February 19, 2007). Accessed, February 19, 2007.