Capital Cup

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Richmond – William & Mary Rivalry
Richmond logo William & Mary logo
Teams Richmond Spiders
William & Mary Tribe
Originated 1898
Series W&M leads 61–57–51
Largest Victory 48 (twice)
1907, 1916
Highest Scoring Game W&M 59, RIC 21
November 22, 2003
Most Recent Game RIC 31, W&M 20
November 23, 2013
Current Win Streak Richmond 2
Trophy Capital Cup
Capital Cup is located in Virginia
Richmond
Richmond
William & Mary
William & Mary
Locations in Virginia

Coined as the "South's Oldest Rivalry," the Capital Cup is one of the longest-running college football rivalries in the United States. Contested yearly between the University of Richmond Spiders and College of William & Mary Tribe, only four rivalries have more games played.

History[edit]

The Capital Cup is one of the oldest collegiate American football rivalries, played between the University of Richmond Spiders and College of William & Mary Tribe. The yearly contest is tied for fourth most occurrences, currently standing at 123 times. Played nearly continuously since 1898, there have only been three years that the game did not occur: 1900, 1902 and 1943.[1][2] The game had until recently been dubbed the I-64 Bowl, from 1984 though 2008.[1] Beginning in 2009, however, the game was officially renamed the Capital Cup, for which a new trophy was created.[3]2 The Capital Cup name was chosen to honor the entire 119-game history of the rivalry between the two schools and the status of the two cities as two of the historical capitals of the Commonwealth of Virginia.[3] The match is typically played as the final regular season game for both teams, but for many years used to be played on Thanksgiving Day.[1]

The November 21, 2009 game marked the 119th meeting between the schools.[4] The Richmond win placed the all-time record at 59–55–5, remaining in favor of William & Mary.3 The Richmond Spiders won this inaugural Capital Cup by a final score of 13–10, simultaneously giving Richmond a share of the Colonial Athletic Association season championship. Place kicker Andrew Howard converted a game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired. Then, in 2010, William & Mary clinched a share of the conference with the Capital Cup win. The Tribe had to beat Richmond and have Villanova upset Delaware in order to share the championship with Delaware, and both of those results occurred.

Trophy[edit]

The I-64 Trophy was a college football trophy that went to the winner of the annual College of William & Mary versus University of Richmond football game from 1984 through 2008.[1][3][5] Both Division I schools participate in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). The name for the trophy came from Interstate 64, which connects the schools through the short distance between Richmond and Williamsburg. The I-64 Trophy was replaced in 2009 with the Capital Cup, which honors the entire history of the rivalry between the two schools and the status of the two cities as the last two capitals of the Commonwealth of Virginia.[3]

Game results[edit]

Richmond victories are shaded ██ blue. William & Mary victories shaded in ██ green. Ties remain white.

Date Winning Team Losing Team Location Series
November 19, 1898 Richmond 15 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 1–0–0
October 21, 1899 Richmond 14 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 2–0–0
November 9, 1901 Richmond 27 William & Mary 11 Williamsburg RIC 3–0–0
November 14, 1903 Richmond 24 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 4–0–0
November 4, 1904 William & Mary 15 Richmond 6 Williamsburg RIC 4–1–0
October 11, 1905 0 0 Richmond RIC 4–1–1
October 18, 1905 William & Mary 4 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 4–2–1
November 8, 1905 Richmond 23 William & Mary 5 Richmond RIC 5–2–1
November 3, 1906 Richmond 24 William & Mary 0 Williamsburg RIC 6–2–1
November 28, 1906 Richmond 6 William & Mary 0 Newport News RIC 7–2–1
November 28, 1907 Richmond 48 William & Mary 0 Newport News RIC 8–2–1
November 21, 1908 William & Mary 21 Richmond 18 Richmond RIC 8–3–1
November 20, 1909 William & Mary 15 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 8–4–1
November 19, 1910 William & Mary 18 Richmond 6 Richmond RIC 8–5–1
November 11, 1911 William & Mary 3 Richmond 0 Williamsburg RIC 8–6–1
November 9, 1912 Richmond 20 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 9–6–1
November 8, 1913 Richmond 20 William & Mary 13 Newport News RIC 10–6–1
November 22, 1913 Richmond 20 William & Mary 13 Williamsburg RIC 11–6–1
October 24, 1914 Richmond 7 William & Mary 3 Williamsburg RIC 12–6–1
November 21, 1914 Richmond 32 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 13–6–1
October 23, 1915 Richmond 28 William & Mary 0 Williamsburg RIC 14–6–1
November 20, 1915 Richmond 45 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 15–6–1
October 28, 1916 Richmond 48 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 16–6–1
November 18, 1916 0 0 Williamsburg RIC 16–6–2
October 13, 1917 Richmond 28 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 17–6–2
November 17, 1917 Richmond 19 William & Mary 0 Williamsburg RIC 18–6–2
November 30, 1918 Richmond 7 William & Mary 0 Williamsburg RIC 19–6–2
October 18, 1919 William & Mary 7 Richmond 0 Williamsburg RIC 19–7–2
November 8, 1919 Richmond 17 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 20–7–2
November 28, 1919 Richmond 21 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 21–7–2
October 20, 1920 Richmond 13 William & Mary 0 Norfolk RIC 22–7–2
November 24, 1921 Richmond 17 William & Mary 7 Richmond RIC 23–7–2
November 30, 1922 Richmond 13 William & Mary 3 Williamsburg RIC 24–7–2
November 29, 1923 William & Mary 27 Richmond 6 Richmond RIC 24–8–2
November 27, 1924 William & Mary 20 Richmond 6 Richmond RIC 24–9–2
November 25, 1925 William & Mary 14 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 24–10–2
November 25, 1926 William & Mary 14 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 24–11–2
November 23, 1927 0 0 Richmond RIC 24–11–3
November 19, 1928 William & Mary 7 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 24–12–3
November 28, 1929 William & Mary 25 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 24–13–3
November 24, 1930 William & Mary 19 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 24–14–3
November 26, 1931 Richmond 6 William & Mary 2 Richmond RIC 25–14–3
November 24, 1932 Richmond 18 William & Mary 7 Richmond RIC 26–14–3
November 26, 1933 William & Mary 6 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 26–15–3
November 29, 1934 Richmond 6 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 27–15–3
November 28, 1935 6 6 Richmond RIC 27–15–4
November 26, 1936 Richmond 7 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 28–15–4
November 25, 1937 Richmond 6 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 29–15–4
November 24, 1938 Richmond 10 William & Mary 7 Richmond RIC 30–15–4
November 25, 1939 William & Mary 7 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–16–4
November 21, 1940 William & Mary 16 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–17–4
November 20, 1941 William & Mary 33 Richmond 3 Richmond RIC 30–18–4
November 26, 1942 William & Mary 10 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–19–4
November 30, 1944 William & Mary 40 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–20–4
November 22, 1945 William & Mary 33 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–21–4
November 28, 1946 William & Mary 40 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–22–4
November 27, 1947 William & Mary 35 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–23–4
October 30, 1948 William & Mary 14 Richmond 6 Williamsburg RIC 30–24–4
October 29, 1949 William & Mary 34 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–25–4
December 2, 1950 William & Mary 40 Richmond 6 Williamsburg RIC 30–26–4
October 27, 1951 William & Mary 20 Richmond 14 Richmond RIC 30–27–4
October 24, 1952 William & Mary 42 Richmond 13 Williamsburg RIC 30–28–4
November 14, 1953 William & Mary 21 Richmond 0 Richmond RIC 30–29–4
November 25, 1954 William & Mary 2 Richmond 0 Richmond 30–30–4
November 24, 1955 6 6 Richmond 30–30–5
November 22, 1956 Richmond 6 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 31–30–5
November 28, 1957 Richmond 12 William & Mary 7 Richmond RIC 32–30–5
November 27, 1958 William & Mary 18 Richmond 15 Richmond RIC 32–31–5
November 21, 1959 Richmond 20 William & Mary 12 Richmond RIC 33–31–5
November 24, 1960 Richmond 19 William & Mary 0 Richmond RIC 34–31–5
November 23, 1961 Richmond 36 William & Mary 18 Richmond RIC 35–31–5
November 22, 1962 Richmond 15 William & Mary 3 Richmond RIC 36–31–5
November 23, 1963 William & Mary 29 Richmond 6 Richmond RIC 36–32–5
November 26, 1964 William & Mary 33 Richmond 13 Richmond RIC 36–33–5
November 20, 1965 William & Mary 21 Richmond 0 Williamsburg RIC 36–34–5
November 19, 1966 William & Mary 35 Richmond 19 Richmond RIC 36–35–5
November 19, 1967 Richmond 16 William & Mary 7 Williamsburg RIC 37–35–5
November 23, 1968 Richmond 31 William & Mary 6 Richmond RIC 38–35–5
November 22, 1969 Richmond 28 William & Mary 17 Williamsburg RIC 39–35–5
November 21, 1970 William & Mary 34 Richmond 33 Richmond RIC 39–36–5
November 20, 1971 Richmond 21 William & Mary 19 Williamsburg RIC 40–36–5
November 18, 1972 Richmond 20 William & Mary 3 Richmond RIC 41–36–5
November 17, 1973 Richmond 31 William & Mary 0 Williamsburg RIC 42–36–5
November 23, 1974 William & Mary 54 Richmond 12 Richmond RIC 42–37–5
November 22, 1975 William & Mary 31 Richmond 21 Williamsburg RIC 42–38–5
November 20, 1976 Richmond 21 William & Mary 10 Richmond RIC 43–38–5
November 19, 1977 William & Mary 29 Richmond 13 Williamsburg RIC 43–39–5
November 18, 1978 Richmond 17 William & Mary 3 Richmond RIC 44–39–5
November 17, 1979 William & Mary 24 Richmond 10 Williamsburg RIC 44–40–5
November 22, 1980 Richmond 26 William & Mary 14 Richmond RIC 45–40–5
November 21, 1981 William & Mary 35 Richmond 21 Williamsburg RIC 45–41–5
November 20, 1982 William & Mary 28 Richmond 17 Richmond RIC 45–42–5
November 19, 1983 William & Mary 24 Richmond 15 Williamsburg RIC 45–43–5
November 17, 1984 Richmond 33 William & Mary 31 Richmond RIC 46–43–5
November 16, 1985 William & Mary 28 Richmond 17 Williamsburg RIC 46–44–5
November 22, 1986 William & Mary 21 Richmond 14 Richmond RIC 46–45–5
November 21, 1987 William & Mary 20 Richmond 7 Williamsburg 46–46–5
November 19, 1988 Richmond 24 William & Mary 19 Richmond RIC 47–46–5
November 18, 1989 William & Mary 22 Richmond 10 Williamsburg 47–47–5
November 17, 1990 William & Mary 31 Richmond 10 Richmond W&M 48–47–5
November 23, 1991 William & Mary 49 Richmond 7 Williamsburg W&M 49–47–5
November 21, 1992 William & Mary 34 Richmond 19 Richmond W&M 50–47–5
November 20, 1993 William & Mary 31 Richmond 17 Williamsburg W&M 51–47–5
November 19, 1994 William & Mary 21 Richmond 20 Richmond W&M 52–47–5
November 11, 1995 William & Mary 27 Richmond 7 Williamsburg W&M 53–47–5
November 16, 1996 William & Mary 28 Richmond 13 Richmond W&M 54–47–5
November 15, 1997 William & Mary 10 Richmond 7 Williamsburg W&M 55–47–5
November 21, 1998 Richmond 42 William & Mary 17 Richmond W&M 55–48–5
November 20, 1999 William & Mary 34 Richmond 14 Richmond W&M 56–48–5
November 18, 2000 Richmond 21 William & Mary 18 Williamsburg W&M 56–49–5
November 17, 2001 William & Mary 23 Richmond 20 Richmond W&M 57–49–5
November 23, 2002 Richmond 35 William & Mary 13 Williamsburg W&M 57–50–5
November 22, 2003 William & Mary 59 Richmond 21 Richmond W&M 58–50–5
November 20, 2004 William & Mary 38 Richmond 14 Williamsburg W&M 59–50–5
November 19, 2005 Richmond 41 William & Mary 7 Richmond W&M 59–51–5
November 18, 2006 Richmond 31 William & Mary 14 Williamsburg W&M 59–52–5
November 17, 2007 Richmond 31 William & Mary 20 Richmond W&M 59–53–5
November 22, 2008 Richmond (OT) 23 William & Mary 20 Williamsburg W&M 59–54–5
November 21, 2009 Richmond 13 William & Mary 10 Richmond W&M 59–55–5
November 20, 2010 William & Mary 41 Richmond 3 Williamsburg W&M 60–55–5
November 19, 2011 William & Mary 25 Richmond 23 Richmond W&M 61–55–5
November 17, 2012 Richmond 21 William & Mary 14 Williamsburg W&M 61–56–5
November 23, 2013 Richmond 31 William & Mary 20 Richmond W&M 61–57–5

Game MVPs[edit]

A Capital Cup Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award was created beginning with the 2009 match-up, coinciding with the renaming to Capital Cup.[6]

Season MVP Team Position Notes
2009 Ward, EricEric Ward Richmond Quarterback Completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7%) for 221 yards
2010 Callahan, MikeMike Callahan William & Mary Quarterback Completed 17 of 22 passes (77.2%) for a career-high 331 yards and two touchdowns
2011 Grimes, JonathanJonathan Grimes William & Mary Running back Attempted school-record 39 rushes for 205 yards and one touchdown
2012 Gaskins, KendallKendall Gaskins Richmond Fullback Rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown and caught one 7-yard touchdown pass
2013 Fisher, SethSeth Fisher Richmond Fullback Rushed for a career-high 131 yards and two touchdowns

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • ^1 During the early twentieth century, William & Mary and Richmond would occasionally play two or even three times per season since there were so few teams in the area. Thus it is not a mistake if the W-L column has identical years in them (the teams may have split the season 1–1, for example).
  • ^2 Only LafayetteLehigh, PrincetonYale, and Harvard–Yale have played more games; MinnesotaWisconsin is tied for fourth with this series.
  • ^3 The 2008 game was the first in the history of the rivalry to be decided in overtime. Richmond would go on to win the 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship by defeating the Montana Grizzlies 24–7. It was the first team national championship for Richmond in any sport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d College Football Rivalries Q-R. Retrieved on November 27, 2008.
  2. ^ The Collegian – UR defeats W&M 23-20. Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Richmond, William & Mary Rename Football Rivalry As Capital Cup. Retrieved on November 11, 2009.
  4. ^ RichmondSpiders.com. "...Saturday in the 118th meeting between long-time rivals at Zable Stadium in Williamsburg." Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
  5. ^ Richmond Spiders Athletic Site. "Up Next: The Spiders bring the 2008 regular-season to a close next Saturday with the I-64 Trophy on the line at William & Mary." Retrieved on November 28, 2008.
  6. ^ All-time results. University of Richmond Spiders football. Retrieved on November 12, 2009.