Bronze Stalk Trophy

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Battle for the Bronze Stalk
Sport Football
First meeting October 4, 1941
Ball State 6, NIU 6
Latest meeting October 1, 2016
NIU 31, Ball State 24
Next meeting November 9, 2017
Trophy Bronze Stalk Trophy (2008–present)
Statistics
Meetings total 44
All-time series NIU leads, 22–20–2
Trophy series NIU leads, 8–1
Largest victory Ball State 42–0 (1979)
Longest win streak Ball State, 9 (1974–1982)
Current win streak NIU, 8 (2009–present)

The Bronze Stalk Trophy is presented to the winner of the annual college football game between Mid-American Conference rivals Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The two interstate rivals began competing for this trophy in 2008.[1]

Designed by nationally recognized sculptor and DeKalb artist Renee Bemis, the trophy depicts several cornstalks in tribute to the prevalence of maize around the respective home states of the rivals.

The first meeting between the two occurred in 1941, a 6–6 tie; the NIU Huskies lead the all-time series 22–20–2, having won 15 of the last 18 meetings. Ball State won the inaugural contest for the Bronze Stalk at Scheumann Stadium in 2008, with NIU winning the trophy for the first time the following season on Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium.[2]

Game results[edit]

Ball State victories NIU victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1941 DeKalb, IL Tie 6–6
2 1942 Muncie, IN Ball State 14–0
3 1966 Muncie, IN NIU 38–24
4 1967 DeKalb, IL NIU 28–14
5 1968 Muncie, IN NIU 40–20
6 1969 DeKalb, IL NIU 17–13
7 1970 Muncie, IN NIU 31–14
8 1971 DeKalb, IL Tie 10–10
9 1973 DeKalb, IL NIU 45–17
10 1974 Muncie, IN Ball State 31–21
11 1975 DeKalb, IL Ball State 3–0
12 1976 DeKalb, IL Ball State 33–7
13 1977 Muncie, IN Ball State 31–6
14 1978 DeKalb, IL Ball State 31–13
15 1979 Muncie, IN Ball State 42–0
16 1980 DeKalb, IL Ball State 18–17
17 1981 Muncie, IN Ball State 23–0
18 1982 DeKalb, IL Ball State 14–7
19 1983 Muncie, IN NIU 27–14
20 1984 DeKalb, IL Ball State 15–14
21 1985 Muncie, IN Ball State 29–0
22 1986 DeKalb, IL Ball State 20–10
23 1987 Muncie, IN Ball State 42–17
# Date Location Winner Score
24 1988 DeKalb, IL Ball State 18–17
25 1997 DeKalb, IL Ball State 21–14
26 1998 Muncie, IN Ball State 18–13
27 1999 DeKalb, IL NIU 37–17
28 2000 Muncie, IN NIU 43–14
29 2001 DeKalb, IL NIU 33–29
30 2002 Muncie, IN NIU 41–29
31 2003 DeKalb, IL NIU 48–23
32 2004 Muncie, IN NIU 38–31
33 2005 DeKalb, IL Ball State 31–17
34 2006 Muncie, IN NIU 40–28
35 2007 DeKalb, IL Ball State 27–21
36 2008 Muncie, IN Ball State 45–14
37 2009 DeKalb, IL NIU 26–20
38 2010 Muncie, IN NIU 59–21
39 2011 DeKalb, IL NIU 41–38
40 2012 Muncie, IN NIU 35–23
41 2013 DeKalb, IL NIU 48–27
42 2014 Muncie, IN NIU 35–21
43 2015 DeKalb, IL NIU 59–41
44 2016 Muncie, IN NIU 31–24
Series: NIU leads 22–20–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Illinois and Ball State to Play for The Bronze Stalk". NIUhuskies.com. November 21, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 

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