Battle for the Golden Horseshoe

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Battle for the Golden Horseshoe
Sport Football
First meeting 1939
UC Davis 28, Cal Poly 0
Latest meeting October 22, 2016
Cal Poly 21, UC Davis 16
Next meeting 2017
Trophy The Golden Horseshoe
Statistics
Meetings total 42
All-time series Tied 20–20–2
Largest victory Cal Poly: 41–0 (1987)
Longest win streak UC Davis: 5 (1982–1986)
Cal Poly: 3 (twice)
Current win streak Cal Poly, 2 (2016)
Battle for the Golden Horseshoe is located in California
UC Davis
UC Davis
Cal Poly
Cal Poly
Locations in California

The Battle for the Golden Horseshoe is an annual rivalry college football game played between the UC Davis Aggies and the Cal Poly Mustangs.[1] Although the two teams have met on the gridiron since 1939, the rivalry officially began with the 2004 game at Cal Poly. The winner of the game receives the Golden Horseshoe Trophy, which was also created in 2004 for the inaugural game. Due to a misunderstanding, both schools constructed a trophy for the rivalry and brought it to the inaugural game. The teams decided that the rivalry would adopt the trophy created by the winner of that game; UC Davis won 36–33 and was therefore allowed to make its trophy the official one to be exchanged in all subsequent meetings.[2][3]

Through 2016, Cal Poly leads the series 7–6; UC Davis won the trophy in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014, while Cal Poly took it in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. The all-time series is tied at 20–20–2.

There is also controversy regarding the addition of gems to the trophy after each win. The Mustang Maniacs, the student group who holds the trophy while it is under Cal Poly's control, added blue and green gems to the trophy from 2006 to 2008. But when the Aggie Pack regained control of the trophy in 2009, they removed the gems, wishing to keep the trophy in its original condition.[4]

Results[edit]

Cal Poly victories UC Davis victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1939 Davis, CA UC Davis 28–0
2 1940 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 20–7
3 1976 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 26–14
4 1978 Davis, CA UC Davis 29–22
5 1979 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 31–10
6 1980 Davis, CA Cal Poly 28–25
7 1981 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 30–0
8 1982 Davis, CA UC Davis 24–0
9 1983 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 24–14
10 1984 Davis, CA UC Davis 10–6
11 1985 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 34–21
12 1986 Davis, CA UC Davis 32–21
13 1987 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 41–0
14 1988 Davis, CA Tie 21–21
15 1989 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 28–21
16 1990 Davis, CA Cal Poly 19–0
17 1991 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 31–28
18 1992 Davis, CA Tie 31–31
19 1993 Davis, CA UC Davis 37–26
20 1994 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 32–31
21 1995 Davis, CA UC Davis 34–31
22 1996 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 17–13
# Date Location Winner Score
23 1997 Davis, CA Cal Poly 20–19
24 1998 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 34–24
25 1999 Davis, CA UC Davis 31–24
26 2000 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 63–28
27 2001 Davis, CA Cal Poly 31–28
28 2002 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 28–14
29 2003 Davis, CA Cal Poly 18–14
30 2004 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 36–33
31 2005 Davis, CA UC Davis 20–13
32 2006 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 23–17
33 2007 Davis, CA Cal Poly 63–28
34 2008 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 51–28
35 2009 Davis, CA UC Davis 23–10
36 2010 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 22–21
37 2011 Davis, CA UC Davis 24–17
38 2012 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 28–20
39 2013 Davis, CA Cal Poly 34–16
40 2014 San Luis Obispo, CA UC Davis 48–35
41 2015 Davis, CA Cal Poly 55–38
42 2016 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly 21–16
Series: Tied 20–20–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Paterson (October 31, 2013). "UC Davis-Cal Poly rivalry intense". Sacramento Bee. 
  2. ^ "Battle for the Golden Horseshoe". Archived from the original on 3 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Cal Poly SLO Mustangs Official Athletics Website". Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Football Looks to Reclaim the Golden Horseshoe from UC Davis". Archived from the original on 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-09-22.