Illinois–Purdue football rivalry

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Illinois–Purdue football rivalry
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Illinois Fighting Illini Purdue Boilermakers

Series record Illinois leads, 43–40–6
Trophy series record Purdue leads, 32–28–2
First meeting 1890
Purdue, 62, 0
Last meeting 2013
Illinois, 20-16
Next meeting 2014
Current win streak Illinois, 1
Trophy Purdue Cannon

The Illinois–Purdue football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Illinois Fighting Illini football team of the University of Illinois and Purdue Boilermakers football team of Purdue University. The Purdue Cannon is presented to the winner of the game. The cannon was conceived by Purdue students 109 years ago but was first presented as a trophy by an Illinois alumnus in 1943.

It all started in 1905 when a group of Purdue students took the weapon to Champaign in anticipation of firing it to celebrate a Boilermaker victory. Although Purdue won 29–0, Illinois supporters, including Quincy A. Hall, had discovered the Cannon in a culvert near the field and confiscated it before the Purdue students could start their "booming" celebration.

Hall later moved the Cannon to his farmhouse near Milford, Ill., where it survived a fire and gathered dust until he suggested it be used as a trophy in the football series between the two schools when the rivalry was resumed in 1943 after a 11-year lapse.

The Tomahawk Service and Leadership Honorary at Purdue and Illini Pride now share the maintenance duty.

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  1. ^ Historical Scores December 19, 2009

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