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 November 5, 2014
NIU 35, Ball State 21
Next meeting October 10, 2015 at NIU
Trophy Bronze Stalk Trophy (2008–present)
Statistics
Meetings total 42
All-time series
  • Overall: Tied 20–20–2
  • Pre-Bronze Stalk: Ball State, 19–14–2
  • Bronze Stalk: NIU, 6–1
Largest victory Ball State 42, NIU 0 (November 17, 1979)
Longest win streak Ball State, 9 (1974–1982)
Current win streak NIU, 6 (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 all-time series is tied at 20–20–2, with the NIU Huskies winning 13 of the last 16 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 shaded  red . NIU victories are shaded  dark red . Rankings are from the AP Poll.

Year Winning team Losing team Location Trophy Series Overall Series
1941 NIU 6 Ball State 6 DeKalb, IL 0–0–1
1942 Ball State 14 NIU 0 Muncie, IN Ball State 1–0–1
1966 NIU 38 Ball State 24 Muncie, IN 1–1–1
1967 NIU 28 Ball State 14 DeKalb, IL NIU 2–1–1
1968 NIU 40 Ball State 20 Muncie, IN NIU 3–1–1
1969 NIU 17 Ball State 13 DeKalb, IL NIU 4–1–1
1970 NIU 31 Ball State 14 Muncie, IN NIU 5–1–1
1971 NIU 10 Ball State 10 DeKalb, IL NIU 5–1–2
1973 NIU 45 Ball State 17 DeKalb, IL NIU 6–1–2
1974 Ball State 31 NIU 21 Muncie, IN NIU 6–2–2
1975 Ball State 3 NIU 0 DeKalb, IL NIU 6–3–2
1976 Ball State 33 NIU 7 DeKalb, IL NIU 6–4–2
1977 Ball State 31 NIU 6 Muncie, IN NIU 6–5–2
1978 Ball State 31 NIU 13 DeKalb, IL 6–6–2
1979 Ball State 42 NIU 0 Muncie, IN Ball State 7–6–2
1980 Ball State 18 NIU 17 DeKalb, IL Ball State 8–6–2
1981 Ball State 23 NIU 0 Muncie, IN Ball State 9–6–2
1982 Ball State 14 NIU 7 DeKalb, IL Ball State 10–6–2
1983 NIU 27 Ball State 14 Muncie, IN Ball State 10–7–2
1984 Ball State 15 NIU 14 DeKalb, IL Ball State 11–7–2
1985 Ball State 29 NIU 0 Muncie, IN Ball State 12–7–2
1986 Ball State 20 NIU 10 DeKalb, IL Ball State 13–7–2
1987 Ball State 42 NIU 17 Muncie, IN Ball State 14–7–2
1988 Ball State 18 NIU 17 DeKalb, IL Ball State 15–7–2
1997 Ball State 21 NIU 14 Muncie, IN Ball State 16–7–2
1998 Ball State 18 NIU 13 DeKalb, IL Ball State 17–7–2
1999 NIU 37 Ball State 17 DeKalb, IL Ball State 17–8–2
2000 NIU 43 Ball State 14 Muncie, IN Ball State 17–9–2
2001 NIU 33 Ball State 29 DeKalb, IL Ball State 17–10–2
2002 NIU 41 Ball State 29 Muncie, IN Ball State 17–11–2
2003 NIU (#21) 48 Ball State 23 DeKalb, IL Ball State 17–12–2
2004 NIU 38 Ball State 31 Muncie, IN Ball State 17–13–2
2005 Ball State 31 NIU 17 DeKalb, IL Ball State 18–13–2
2006 NIU 40 Ball State 28 Muncie, IN Ball State 18–14–2
2007 Ball State 27 NIU 21 DeKalb, IL Ball State 19–14–2
2008 Ball State (#16) 45 NIU 14 Muncie, IN Ball State 1–0 Ball State 20–14–2
2009 NIU 26 Ball State 20 DeKalb, IL 1–1 Ball State 20–15–2
2010 NIU 59 Ball State 21 Muncie, IN NIU 2–1 Ball State 20–16–2
2011 NIU 41 Ball State 38 DeKalb, IL NIU 3–1 Ball State 20–17–2
2012 NIU 35 Ball State 23 Muncie, IN NIU 4–1 Ball State 20–18–2
2013 NIU (#20) 48 Ball State 27 DeKalb, IL NIU 5–1 Ball State 20–19–2
2014 NIU 35 Ball State 21 Muncie, IN NIU 6–1 20–20–2

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