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October 17, 2010

Gridiron grudge match: Annual Hoosier rivalry games you don’t want to miss


> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Taking a road trip to West Lafayette?

• This year: Nov. 27 at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium. Big Ten conference rivals. Source: Purdue website.

• Recent series history: 2009, Purdue, 38-21; 2008, Purdue, 62-10; 2007, Indiana, 27-24; 2006, Purdue 28-19; 2005, Purdue, 41-14

• Distance to game: It’s about 182 miles to West Lafayette to see what letter will be the next link in the chain on the Old Oaken Bucket.

Monon Bell

DePauw University Tigers vs. Wabash College Little Giants, since 1890

The two schools, located 28 miles apart, first met on the gridiron in 1890, “making the series the oldest small college football rivalry west of the Alleghenies amongst schools that have met at least 100 times,” according to DePauw’s website. The two teams have played each other 116 times with Wabash leading the series 54-53-9.

The Monon Bell was presented by Russell Alexander, the DePauw publicity director, as the official DePauw-Wabash trophy for football in 1932. The 300-pound locomotive bell was a gift from the Monon Railroad (now L & N), which the two schools are located along.

According to DePauw’s website the bell has been stolen from its temporary owners at least eight times. In 1965 a Wabash student went to DePauw posing as a Mexican dignitary to find out where it was kept, returning later to steal it. To prevent similar thefts, DePauw students stole the bell from their own school and buried it for 11 months in the north end zone of Blackstock Stadium. The ground froze the week of the next rivalry game and the students were barely able to get it out in time for Wabash to take it back to Crawfordsville after their victory.

The week leading up to the game now consists of, “shared activities between the two schools, such as concerts, debates, an intramural all-star football game, an alumni football game the morning of the varsity contest and other events,” according to DePauw’s website.

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