The Keg of Nails

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Keg of Nails
Teams Cincinnati Bearcats
Louisville Cardinals
Originated 1929
Trophy Series Cincinnati leads, 30-22-1[1]
Longest UC Win Streak 12 (1929–1969)
Longest UL Win Streak 5 (2003–2007)
Current Holder Louisville

The Keg of Nails is a traveling trophy in college football, awarded since 1929 to the winner of games between the Universities of Louisville (U of L) and Cincinnati (UC), cities now connected by Interstate 71.

Known more for an intense basketball rivalry and tradition, U of L and UC have a football rivalry that has stretched over the span of four conferences from the Missouri Valley Conference, to the Metro Conference to Conference USA, and more recently in the Big East Conference, which in 2013 was renamed to the American Athletic Conference. It is believed to be the oldest rivalry for the Louisville football team and the second oldest for Cincinnati, only behind the annual game with the Miami RedHawks.

The trophy is a replica of a keg used to ship nails. The exchange is believed to have been initiated by fraternity chapters on the UC and U of L campuses, signifying that the winning players in the game were "tough as nails."

The present keg is actually a replacement for the original award, which was misplaced by Louisville, lost during some construction of office facilities. It is adorned with the logos of both schools and the scores of the series games.

The rivalry will go on hiatus after the 2013 season, as Louisville is due to move to the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2014.

Game results[edit]

Cincinnati victories are shaded ██ black. Louisville victories are shaded ██ red. Ties are unshaded.

# Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
1 October 2, 1929 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 7 Louisville 0 UC 1-0
2 September 24, 1938 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 19 Louisville 0 UC 2-0
3 September 28, 1940 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 7 Louisville 0 UC 3-0
4 September 27, 1941 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 28 Louisville 7 UC 4-0
5 September 26, 1942 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 51 Louisville 0 UC 5-0
6 October 7, 1950 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 28 Louisville 20 UC 6-0
7 October 13, 1951 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 38 Louisville 0 UC 7-0
8 November 7, 1953 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 41 Louisville 0 UC 8-0
9 November 12, 1966 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 17 Louisville 3 UC 9-0
10 November 11, 1967 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 13 Louisville 7 UC 10-0
11 November 9, 1968 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 37 Louisville 7 UC 11-0
12 November 8, 1969 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 31 Louisville 21 UC 12-0
13 November 14, 1970 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 28 Cincinnati 14 UC 12-1
14 November 27, 1971 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 19 Louisville 16 UC 13-1
15 October 28, 1972 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 38 Cincinnati 13 UC 13-2
16 October 27, 1973 Louisville, KY Louisville 10 Cincinnati 8 UC 13-3
17 September 28, 1974 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 7 Louisville 6 UC 14-3
18 September 27, 1975 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 46 Louisville 27 UC 15-3
19 November 27, 1976 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 20 Louisville 6 UC 16-3
20 September 17, 1977 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 17 Louisville 17 UC 16-3-1
21 September 23, 1978 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 28 Cincinnati 14 UC 16-4-1
22 September 22, 1979 Louisville, KY Louisville 22 Cincinnati 19 UC 16-5-1
23 November 15, 1980 Louisville, KY Louisville 20 Cincinnati 0 UC 16-6-1
24 November 14, 1981 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 24 Louisville 0 UC 17-6-1
25 September 11, 1982 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 38 Louisville 16 UC 18-6-1
26 September 24, 1983 Louisville, KY Louisville 31 Cincinnati 23 UC 18-7-1
27 October 27, 1984 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 40 Louisville 21 UC 19-7-1
28 October 19, 1985 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 31 Louisville 9 UC 20-7-1
29 October 4, 1986 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 24 Louisville 17 UC 21-7-1
30 September 12, 1987 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 25 Louisville 0 UC 22-7-1
31 October 29, 1988 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 21 Cincinnati 6 UC 22-8-1
32 September 30, 1989 Louisville, KY Louisville 37 Cincinnati 17 UC 22-9-1
33 November 3, 1990 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 41 Cincinnati 16 UC 22-10-1
34 October 5, 1991 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 30 Louisville 7 UC 23-10-1
35 October 31, 1992 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 27 Cincinnati 17 UC 23-11-1
36 October 26, 1996 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 10 Louisville 7 UC 24-11-1
37 November 8, 1997 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 28 Louisville 9 UC 25-11-1
38 October 3, 1998 Louisville, KY Louisville 62 Cincinnati 19 UC 25-12-1
39 November 6, 1999 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 23 Cincinnati 13 UC 25-13-1
40 October 14, 2000 Louisville, KY Louisville 38 Cincinnati 24 UC 25-14-1
41 October 27, 2001 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 28 Cincinnati 13 UC 25-15-1
42 November 7, 2002 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 24 Louisville 14 UC 26-15-1
43 November 28, 2003 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 43 Cincinnati 40 UC 26-16-1
44 November 27, 2004 Louisville, KY #9 Louisville 70 Cincinnati 7 UC 26-17-1
45 October 22, 2005 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 46 Cincinnati 22 UC 26-18-1
46 October 14, 2006 Louisville, KY #7 Louisville 23 Cincinnati 17 UC 26-19-1
47 October 13, 2007 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 28 #17 Cincinnati 24 UC 26-20-1
48 November 14, 2008 Louisville, KY #22 Cincinnati 28 Louisville 20 UC 27-20-1
49 November 24, 2009 Cincinnati, OH #6 Cincinnati 41 Louisville 10 UC 28-20-1
50 October 15, 2010 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 35 Louisville 27 UC 29-20-1
51 October 15, 2011 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 25 Louisville 16 UC 30-20-1
52 October 26, 2012 Louisville, KY #16 Louisville 34 Cincinnati 31 UC 30-21-1
53 December 5, 2013 Cincinnati, OH #19 Louisville 31 Cincinnati 24 UC 30-22-1

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