Ramnapping Trophy

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Ramnapping Trophy
Teams Connecticut Huskies
Rhode Island Rams
Originated 1935
Trophy Series Connecticut leads, 40–19–3
All-Time Series Connecticut leads, 51–35–8
Current Holder Connecticut

Connecticut logo Rhode Island logo
Connecticut (40)
1936 1937 1939
1942 1946 1947
1948 1949 1951
1956 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962
1964 1965 1967
1968 1969 1970
1971 1972 1975
1976 1978 1979
1982 1983 1986
1987 1989 1990
1992 1993 1994
1996 1997 1998
1999
Rhode Island (19)
1935 1938 1940
1941 1950 1952
1953 1954 1955
1963 1974 1977
1980 1981 1984
1985 1988 1991
1995
Ties (3)
1957 1966 1973

The Ramnapping Trophy was formerly awarded to the winner of the annual college football game between the University of Connecticut and the University of Rhode Island. The name of the trophy originates from a 1930s-era tradition where a few UConn students would go to the URI campus and kidnap (or in this case, "Ramnap") the Rhode Island Ram mascot.[1][2]

Athletic rivalry[edit]

The rivalry between the two schools dates back to the 1890s and was born largely out of proximity, with the schools being less than 60 miles apart. The schools competed in all sports for decades as members of the Yankee Conference. Even though UConn became a charter member of the Big East in 1979, the schools continued to compete in football at the I-AA level as members of the Atlantic 10. This ended after UConn left the A-10 to move to I-A football in 2000.

Series facts & figures[edit]

In 96 meetings since 1897, UConn leads the series 51-35-8. The schools most recently met at Rentschler Field on September 26, 2009, with UConn winning 52-10.

The trophy[edit]

The trophy is topped with a football player standing on a football that is etched with a ram and a husky etched facing one another on a football field. The plaque on the base reads: "Connecticut State v. Rhode Island State Football Series Trophy in Memory of the famous ramnapping of 1934".[3]

Where is the ramnapping trophy now?[edit]

The Ramnapping Trophy is on display to the public as part of the J. Robert Donnelly Husky Heritage Sports Museum on the UConn Main Campus in Storrs, Connecticut. The trophy was not brought out for the 2000, 2006 or 2009 games.[4]

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