Battle of the Bluegrass

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This article is about the Eastern Kentucky - Western Kentucky football rivalry. For the Louisville - Kentucky rivalry, see Battle for the Bluegrass.
Battle of the Bluegrass
Sport Football
First meeting October 23, 1914
Eastern Kentucky 34, Western Kentucky 6
Latest meeting September 6, 2008
Western Kentucky 37, Eastern Kentucky 13
Next meeting September 2, 2017
Trophy None
Statistics
Meetings total 84
All-time series Western Kentucky leads, 46–35–3
Largest victory Western Kentucky, 50–0 (1930)
Longest win streak Western Kentucky, 13 (1921–1941)
Current win streak Western Kentucky, 2 (2007–2008)
Battle of the Bluegrass is located in Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky
Western Kentucky
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Locations in Kentucky

The Battle of the Bluegrass is the name of the rivalry between the Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Both schools were formerly members of the Ohio Valley Conference, and played against each other regularly until Western Kentucky's transition from the NCAA's FCS to FBS in 2008. The two teams have met 84 times on the football field, with Western Kentucky currently holding a 46–35–3 edge in the all-time series.[1][2] The series is set to resume again in 2017, when Western Kentucky is scheduled to host Eastern Kentucky in a game played at Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium.[3]

Game results[edit]

Eastern Kentucky victories Western Kentucky victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1914 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 34–6
2 1914 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 18–0
3 1915 Richmond, KY Tie 0–0
4 1915 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 6–0
5 1916 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 13–12
6 1916 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 16–0
7 1921 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 21–0
8 1922 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 47–6
9 1927 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 12–0
10 1929 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 36–0
11 1930 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 50–0
12 1931 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 42–7
13 1934 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 47–9
14 1935 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 40–6
15 1936 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 7–0
16 1937 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 23–0
17 1938 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 32–7
18 1939 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 26–0
19 1941 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 27–20
20 1942 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 18–0
21 1946 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 6–0
22 1947 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 27–7
23 1948 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 14–13
24 1949 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 20–7
25 1950 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 14–13
26 1951 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 31–7
27 1952 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 48–6
28 1953 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 13–7
29 1954 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 21–0
30 1955 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 7–0
31 1956 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 14–6
32 1957 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 28–0
33 1958 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 21–14
34 1959 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 14–7
35 1960 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 17–7
36 1961 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 16–15
37 1962 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 6–5
38 1963 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 29–6
39 1964 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 24–0
40 1965 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 28–12
41 1966 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 24–12
42 1967 Richmond, KY Tie 14–14
43 1968 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 16–7
# Date Location Winner Score
44 1969 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 27–26
45 1970 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 19–7
46 1971 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 16–7
47 1972 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 10–0
48 1973 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 35–0
49 1974 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 34–24
50 1975 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 13–7
51 1976 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 10–6
52 1977 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 35–10
53 1978 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 17–16
54 1979 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 8–6
55 1980 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 13–10
56 1981 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 19–11
57 1982 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 35–21
58 1983 Richmond, KY Tie 10–10
59 1984 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 17–10
60 1985 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 51–21
61 1986 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 24–10
62 1987 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 20–10
63 1987 [n 1] Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 40–17
64 1988 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 16–14
65 1988 [n 1] Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 41–24
66 1989 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 24–3
67 1990 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 35–12
68 1991 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 37–22
69 1992 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 21–7
70 1993 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 15–10
71 1994 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 24–21
72 1995 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 38–14
73 1996 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 14–7
74 1997 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 37–21
75 1997 [n 1] Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 42–14
76 1998 Bowling Green, KY Eastern Kentucky 27–16
77 1999 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 30–10
78 2000 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 6–3
79 2003 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 36–3
80 2004 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 21–8
81 2005 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 23–21
82 2006 Richmond, KY Eastern Kentucky 26–21
83 2007 Bowling Green, KY Western Kentucky 26–6
84 2008 Richmond, KY Western Kentucky 37–13
Series: Western Kentucky leads 46–35–3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c NCAA Division I-AA Playoff game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battle of the Bluegrass to be televised live". The Floyd County Times. September 7, 2006. Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Hilltoppers Prepare to Face Eastern Kentucky in 85th "Battle of the Bluegrass"". wkusports.com. September 2, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2015-01-14.