Old Oaken Bucket

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Old Oaken Bucket
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Indiana Hoosiers Purdue Boilermakers

Sport(s) College football
Total meetings 117
(played annually since 1920)
Series record Purdue leads, 72–39–6
Trophy series record Purdue leads, 58–29–3 since 1925
First meeting 1891
First trophy meeting 1925
Largest win

Purdue 68–0 (1892)

Highest total score
Indiana 56–36 (2013)
Lowest total score
Tie 0–0 (1916 & 1925)
Trophy Old Oaken Bucket
(Originated in 1925)
Old Oaken Bucket is located in Indiana
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The Old Oaken Bucket is a traveling trophy awarded in American college football as part of the Indiana–Purdue rivalry between the Indiana Hoosiers football team of Indiana University and Purdue Boilermakers football team of Purdue University. It was first awarded in 1925.

Indiana and Purdue first met on the gridiron in 1891. The rivalry has been renewed annually every year in peacetime since then, except for 1903. Purdue leads the overall series 72–38–6. The Boilermakers have won 13 of the last 17 games. Indiana won the 2014 contest 23–16 in Bloomington.

History of the Trophy[edit]

The concept of a trophy for football games played annually between Purdue University and Indiana University was first proposed during a joint meeting of the Chicago chapters of the Indiana and Purdue alumni organizations in 1925:

"discuss the possibility of undertaking worthy joint enterprises in behalf of the two schools."

During that meeting Indiana alumnus Dr. Clarence Jones and Purdue alumnus Russel Gray were appointed to propose a suitable trophy. At a subsequent meeting in Chicago Jones and Gray recommended some oaken bucket be that trophy and the chapters drafted the resolution that:

"an old oaken bucket as the most typical Hoosier form of trophy, that the bucket should be taken from some well in Indiana, and that a chain to be made of bronze block "I" and "P" letters should be provided for the bucket. The school winning the traditional football game each year should have possession of the "Old Oaken Bucket" until the next game and should attach the block letter representing the winning school to the bail with the score engraved on the latter link."

Purdue alumnus Fritz Ernst and Indiana alumnus Whiley J. Huddle were appointed to find a suitable oak bucket. They found such a bucket at the then Bruner family farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.[1] Although the bucket might have been used at an open well on the Bruner family farm that had been settled during the 1840s, the Bruner family lore indicates that the bucket might have been used by General John Hunt Morgan and his "Raiders" during their jaunt through southeastern Indiana during the Civil War.

In accordance with the Chicago alumni organization's resolution, the winner of the bucket gets a "P" or "I" link added to the chain of the bucket with the score, date and the city where the game was played engraved on the link. In case of a tie, an "I–P" link was added. The inaugural Old Oaken Bucket Game ended in a 0–0 deadlock on November 21, 1925, in Bloomington resulting in the very first and most visible link, an "I–P" link, being added to the handle of the bucket.

When Indiana and Purdue move to separate divisions for the 2014 season--Indiana to the East and Purdue to the West--the Old Oaken Bucket will be the only inter-divisional rivalry protected under the new alignment.

The poem "The Old Oaken Bucket"[edit]

The name of the trophy refers to a sentimental poem written in 1817 by a successful printer and publisher, Samuel Woodworth (1784–1842) which begins:

"How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection presents them to view!
The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wild-wood,
And every loved spot which my infancy knew!
...And e'en the rude bucket that hung in the well—
The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-covered bucket which hung in the well.

Although Samuel Woodworth was not from Indiana, the poem exemplifies the sentiment felt by the people of Indiana towards their home state. The poem was set to music in 1826 by G. F. Kiallmark (1804–1887)[2] and memorized or sung by generations of American schoolchildren; it made the poet's unpretentious childhood home in Scituate, Massachusetts the goal of sentimental tourists in the late 19th century.

Series statistics[edit]

Statistic Purdue Indiana
Games played 116
Wins 72 38
Home wins 37 19
Road wins 34 19
Neutral site wins 1 0
Total points scored in the series 2589 1648
Most points scored in a game by one team 68 (1892) 56 (2013)
Most points scored in a game by both teams 92 (2013 – IU 56, PU 36)
Fewest points scored in a game by both teams 0 (1916 & 1925 – PU 0, IU 0)
Fewest points scored in a game by one team in a win 1 (1894) 3(1921, 1923, 1940)
Most points scored in a game by one team in a loss 36 (2013) 35(2012)
Largest margin of victory 68 (1892) 45 (1988)
Smallest margin of victory 1 (1894, 1939, 1980, 1983, 1989)      1 (1930)     
Longest winning streak 10 (1948 to 1957) 4 (1944 to 1947)

Game results[edit]

The 1903 contest, scheduled to be played on October 31 at Washington Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, was canceled after one of the trains carrying the Purdue football team struck a coal train near 18th Street on the north side of Indianapolis. In all, 17 Purdue football players, coaches, alumni, and team supporters were killed in the Purdue Wreck.

Purdue victories Indiana victories Tie games
# Date Location Indiana Purdue
1 1891 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 60
2 1892 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 68
3 1893 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 64
4 1894 Bloomington Indiana 0 Purdue 1
5 1897 West Lafayette Indiana 6 Purdue 20
6 1898 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 14
7 1899 West Lafayette Indiana 17 Purdue 5
8 1900 West Lafayette Indiana 24 Purdue 5
9 1901 Bloomington Indiana 11 Purdue 6
10 1902 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 39
11 1904 Indianapolis Indiana 0 Purdue 27
12 1905 Bloomington Indiana 11 Purdue 11
13 1908 West Lafayette Indiana 10 Purdue 4
14 1909 Bloomington Indiana 36 Purdue 3
15 1910 West Lafayette Indiana 15 Purdue 0
16 1911 Bloomington Indiana 5 Purdue 12
17 1912 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 34
18 1913 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 42
19 1914 West Lafayette Indiana 13 Purdue 23
20 1915 Bloomington Indiana 0 Purdue 7
21 1916 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 0
22 1917 Bloomington Indiana 37 Purdue 0
23 1920 West Lafayette Indiana 10 Purdue 7
24 1921 Bloomington Indiana 3 Purdue 0
25 1922 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 7
26 1923 Bloomington Indiana 3 Purdue 0
27 1924 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 26
28 1925 Bloomington Indiana 0 Purdue 0
29 1926 West Lafayette Indiana 14 Purdue 24
30 1927 Bloomington Indiana 6 Purdue 21
31 1928 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 14
32 1929 Bloomington Indiana 0 Purdue 32
33 1930 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 6
34 1931 Bloomington Indiana 0 Purdue 19
35 1932 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 25
36 1933 Bloomington Indiana 3 Purdue 19
37 1934 West Lafayette Indiana 17 Purdue 6
38 1935 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 0
39 1936 West Lafayette Indiana 20 Purdue 20
40 1937 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 13
41 1938 West Lafayette Indiana 6 Purdue 13
42 1939 Bloomington Indiana 6 Purdue 7
43 1940 West Lafayette Indiana 3 Purdue 0
44 1941 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 0
45 1942 West Lafayette Indiana 20 Purdue 0
46 1943 Bloomington Indiana 0 Purdue 7
47 1944 West Lafayette Indiana 14 Purdue 6
48 1945 Bloomington Indiana 26 Purdue 0
49 1946 West Lafayette Indiana 34 Purdue 20
50 1947 Bloomington Indiana 16 Purdue 14
51 1948 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 39
52 1949 Bloomington Indiana 6 Purdue 14
53 1950 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 13
54 1951 Bloomington Indiana 13 Purdue 21
55 1952 West Lafayette Indiana 16 Purdue 21
56 1953 Bloomington Indiana 0 Purdue 30
57 1954 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 13
58 1955 Bloomington Indiana 4 Purdue 6
59 1956 West Lafayette Indiana 20 Purdue 39
# Date Location Indiana Purdue
60 1957 Bloomington Indiana 13 Purdue 35
61 1958 West Lafayette Indiana 15 Purdue 15
62 1959 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 10
63 1960 West Lafayette Indiana 6 Purdue 35
64 1961 Bloomington Indiana 12 Purdue 34
65 1962 West Lafayette Indiana 12 Purdue 7
66 1963 Bloomington Indiana 15 Purdue 21
67 1964 West Lafayette Indiana 22 Purdue 28
68 1965 Bloomington Indiana 21 Purdue 26
69 1966 West Lafayette Indiana 6 Purdue 51
70 1967 Bloomington Indiana 19 Purdue 14
71 1968 West Lafayette Indiana 35 Purdue 38
72 1969 Bloomington Indiana 21 Purdue 44
73 1970 West Lafayette Indiana 0 Purdue 40
74 1971 Bloomington Indiana 38 Purdue 31
75 1972 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 42
76 1973 Bloomington Indiana 23 Purdue 28
77 1974 West Lafayette Indiana 17 Purdue 38
78 1975 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 9
79 1976 West Lafayette Indiana 20 Purdue 14
80 1977 Bloomington Indiana 21 Purdue 10
81 1978 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 20
82 1979 Bloomington Indiana 21 Purdue 37
83 1980 West Lafayette Indiana 23 Purdue 24
84 1981 Bloomington Indiana 20 Purdue 17
85 1982 West Lafayette Indiana 13 Purdue 7
86 1983 Bloomington Indiana 30 Purdue 31
87 1984 West Lafayette Indiana 24 Purdue 31
88 1985 Bloomington Indiana 21 Purdue 34
89 1986 West Lafayette Indiana 15 Purdue 17
90 1987 Bloomington Indiana 35 Purdue 14
91 1988 West Lafayette Indiana 52 Purdue 7
92 1989 Bloomington Indiana 14 Purdue 15
93 1990 West Lafayette Indiana 28 Purdue 14
94 1991 Bloomington Indiana 24 Purdue 22
95 1992 West Lafayette Indiana 10 Purdue 13
96 1993 Bloomington Indiana 24 Purdue 17
97 1994 West Lafayette Indiana 33 Purdue 29
98 1995 Bloomington Indiana 14 Purdue 51
99 1996 West Lafayette Indiana 33 Purdue 16
100 1997 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 56
101 1998 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 52
102 1999 Bloomington Indiana 24 Purdue 30
103 2000 West Lafayette Indiana 13 Purdue 41
104 2001 Bloomington Indiana 13 Purdue 7
105 2002 West Lafayette Indiana 10 Purdue 34
106 2003 Bloomington Indiana 16 Purdue 24
107 2004 West Lafayette Indiana 24 Purdue 63
108 2005 Bloomington Indiana 14 Purdue 41
109 2006 West Lafayette Indiana 19 Purdue 28
110 2007 Bloomington Indiana 27 Purdue 24
111 2008 West Lafayette Indiana 10 Purdue 62
112 2009 Bloomington Indiana 21 Purdue 38
113 2010 West Lafayette Indiana 34 Purdue 31
114 2011 Bloomington Indiana 25 Purdue 33
115 2012 West Lafayette Indiana 35 Purdue 56
116 2013 Bloomington Indiana 56 Purdue 36
117 2014 Bloomington Indiana 23 Purdue 16
Series: Purdue leads 72–39–6


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Coordinates: 40°25′26″N 86°55′44″W / 40.424°N 86.929°W / 40.424; -86.929