Battle of the Valleys

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Battle of the Valleys
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Grand Valley State Lakers Saginaw Valley State Cardinals

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 40
Series record Grand Valley leads 29–11
First meeting October 18, 1975
Grand Valley 32, Saginaw Valley 5
Last meeting November 15, 2014
Grand Valley 21, Saginaw Valley 3
Largest win Grand Valley, 55–7 (1982)
Longest win streak Grand Valley, 9 (2005–2011)
Current win streak Grand Valley, 2 (2013–present)
Trophy Victoria (for fundraising)

The Battle of the Valleys is an NCAA Division II football rivalry between the Grand Valley State University Lakers and the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals which began in 1975. Both teams play in the GLIAC. Since 2003, the week leading up to the game has featured a fundraising competition between the two student bodies with proceeds being donated to local charities.

Fundraising Battle[edit]

Adding to the football rivalry which has existed since 1975, in 2003 an additional element was added to the Battle of the Valleys rivalry in the form of a fundraising competition between the two student bodies.[1] Grand Valley won the initial fundraising battle, raising $8,500 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western Michigan with Saginaw Valley raising $6,208 for the BBBS of Mid-Michigan.[2] While Grand Valley leads the rivalry on the football field, Saginaw Valley leads in the fundraising rivalry 8-3. A traveling trophy, Victoria, accompanies the fundraising competition and the winner of the fundraising competition, announced during the football game, has possession of the trophy until the next Battle.[3] The largest margin of victory was in 2012 when Saginaw Valley raised over $30,000 for the Great Lakes Miracle League versus Grand Valley's $1,100 for the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, and the closest margin of victory was in 2006 when Grand Valley raised $19,337 for Burton Middle School and Saginaw Valley raised $19,160 for Child and Family Services of Saginaw County.[4] Saginaw Valley is currently on a seven-year winning streak in the fundraising battle. All told, over $400,000 has been raised in the history of the Battle by both schools combined.[1] The winner of the fundraising battle has also won the football game on four occasions: 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2012.

Game results[edit]

# Date Location Grand Valley Saginaw Valley
1 1975 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 32 Saginaw Valley 5
2 1976 University Center, MI Grand Valley 17 Saginaw Valley 6
3 1977 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 41 Saginaw Valley 14
4 1978 University Center, MI Grand Valley 24 Saginaw Valley 14
5 1979 University Center, MI Grand Valley 24 Saginaw Valley 32
6 1980 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 45 Saginaw Valley 20
7 1981 University Center, MI Grand Valley 31 Saginaw Valley 7
8 1982 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 55 Saginaw Valley 7
9 1983 University Center, MI Grand Valley 14 Saginaw Valley 15
10 1984 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 24 Saginaw Valley 28
11 1985 University Center, MI Grand Valley 18 Saginaw Valley 35
12 1986 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 28 Saginaw Valley 13
13 1987 University Center, MI Grand Valley 31 Saginaw Valley 28
14 1988 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 14 Saginaw Valley 13
15 1989 University Center, MI Grand Valley 42 Saginaw Valley 17
16 1990 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 23 Saginaw Valley 7
17 1991 University Center, MI Grand Valley 10 Saginaw Valley 14
18 1992 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 24 Saginaw Valley 20
19 1993 University Center, MI Grand Valley 36 Saginaw Valley 17
20 1994 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 27 Saginaw Valley 22
21 1995 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 21 Saginaw Valley 24
22 1996 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 17 Saginaw Valley 6
23 1997 University Center, MI Grand Valley 27 Saginaw Valley 30
24 1998 University Center, MI Grand Valley 37 Saginaw Valley 36
25 1999 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 31 Saginaw Valley 7
26 2000 University Center, MI Grand Valley 21 Saginaw Valley 28
27 2001 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 38 Saginaw Valley 7
28 2002 University Center, MI Grand Valley 23 Saginaw Valley 18
29 2003 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 20 Saginaw Valley 34
30 2004 University Center, MI Grand Valley 20 Saginaw Valley 31
31 2005 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 31 Saginaw Valley 10
32 2006 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 49 Saginaw Valley 35
33 2007 University Center, MI Grand Valley 21 Saginaw Valley 10
34 2008 University Center, MI Grand Valley 36 Saginaw Valley 0
35 2009 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 38 Saginaw Valley 7
36 2010 University Center, MI Grand Valley 28 Saginaw Valley 7
37 2011 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 49 Saginaw Valley 24
38 2012 University Center, MI Grand Valley 52 Saginaw Valley 55
39 2013 Allendale, MI Grand Valley 49 Saginaw Valley 34
40 2014 University Center, MI Grand Valley 21 Saginaw Valley 3
Series: Grand Valley leads 29–11

Fundraising results[edit]

# Date Location Grand Valley Saginaw Valley
1 2003 Allendale, MI Grand Valley $8,500 Saginaw Valley $6,208
2 2004 University Center, MI Grand Valley $7,500 Saginaw Valley $12,000
3 2005 Allendale, MI Grand Valley $7,327 Saginaw Valley $13,012
4 2006 Allendale, MI Grand Valley $19,337 Saginaw Valley $19,160
5 2007 University Center, MI Grand Valley $31,382 Saginaw Valley $20,319
6 2008 University Center, MI Grand Valley $28,002 Saginaw Valley $47,278
7 2009 Allendale, MI Grand Valley $19,299 Saginaw Valley $34,401
8 2010 University Center, MI Grand Valley $12,500 Saginaw Valley $40,088
9 2011 Allendale, MI Grand Valley $12,381 Saginaw Valley $26,623
10 2012 University Center, MI Grand Valley $1,100 Saginaw Valley $30,224
11 2013 Allendale, MI Grand Valley $11,137 Saginaw Valley $25,185
12 2014 University Center, MI Grand Valley $7,000 Saginaw Valley $32,294.21
Series: Saginaw Valley leads 9–3

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