Illibuck Trophy

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Battle for the Illibuck[1]
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Illinois Fighting Illini Ohio State Buckeyes

Series record Ohio State leads, 66*–30–4
*2010 vacated win not included
Trophy series record Ohio State leads, 62*–23–2
*2010 vacated win not included
First meeting 1902
Tie, 0–0
Last meeting November 1, 2014
Ohio State, 55-14
Next meeting November 14, 2015
Current win streak Ohio State, 6*
*2010 vacated win not included
Trophy Illibuck

The Illibuck Trophy is the centerpiece of an American college football rivalry between the Illinois Fighting Illini football team of the University of Illinois and Ohio State Buckeyes football team of Ohio State University, with the winner of their game receiving said trophy.

The Illibuck is a carved wooden turtle that serves as the trophy awarded to the winner of the game. Two junior honorary societies, Bucket and Dipper of Ohio State and Atius-Sachem of Illinois, are responsible for the care of the Illibuck. Originally the "trophy" was a live turtle when the tradition began in 1925, picked for its expected long life as a symbol of the anticipated long life of the rivalry. From 1919 to 1933, the Illinois–Ohio State game was the regular-season finale for both teams. Since the original turtle's death in 1927, ten wooden replica Illibucks have been carved, each with the scores from games on its back.[2] The Illibuck is the second oldest trophy passed between Big Ten Conference football programs (the Little Brown Jug was created in 1903).

The winning team in the Illinois–Ohio State game receives this wooden turtle, named the Illibuck.

The rivalry once included the smoking of a peace pipe between members of the two junior honorary societies, which occurred at halftime of the game. This practice has not been done for many years. However, the trophy is still presented to the winning school of the previous year's contest between quarters.

The series was temporarily interrupted during the 2003 and 2004 seasons when Ohio State and Illinois did not play each other. When the teams met in 2005, Illinois presented the trophy to Ohio State for winning the BCS National Championship in 2002. Ohio State leads the overall series 66–30–4 and the trophy series 62–23–2.

In 2011, the Big Ten expanded to 12 teams and split into two divisions. Ohio State and Illinois were both placed in the Leaders Division, meaning they would play each other every year. But in 2014, the league will expand to accommodate the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, which will place Illinois in the West Division and Ohio State in the East Division.[3] An annual matchup between the schools will no longer happen with this format, although the teams are guaranteed to meet at least once within a four-year span.

Game results[edit]

Years of an Illinois victory are in blue. Years of an Ohio State victory are in scarlet. Years of a tie or vacated victory by either team are in white.

Pre-Illibuck era (1902–24)[edit]

Illinois victories Ohio State victories Tie games
# Date Location Illinois Ohio State
1 1902 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 0
2 1904 Columbus Illinois 46 Ohio State 0
3 1914 Champaign Illinois 37 Ohio State 0
4 1915 Columbus Illinois 3 Ohio State 3
5 1916 Champaign Illinois 6 Ohio State 7
6 1917 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 13
7 1918 Champaign Illinois 13 Ohio State 0
8 1919 Columbus Illinois 9 Ohio State 7
9 1920 Champaign Illinois 0 Ohio State 7
10 1921 Columbus Illinois 7 Ohio State 0
11 1922 Champaign Illinois 3 Ohio State 6
12 1923 Columbus Illinois 9 Ohio State 0
13 1924 Champaign Illinois 7 Ohio State 0
Series: Illinois leads 7–4–2

Illibuck era (1925–present)[edit]

# Date Location Illinois Ohio State
1 1925 Columbus Illinois 14 Ohio State 9
2 1926 Champaign Illinois 6 Ohio State 7
3 1927 Columbus Illinois 13 Ohio State 0
4 1928 Champaign Illinois 8 Ohio State 0
5 1929 Columbus Illinois 27 Ohio State 0
6 1930 Champaign Illinois 9 Ohio State 12
7 1931 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 40
8 1932 Champaign Illinois 0 Ohio State 3
9 1933 Columbus Illinois 6 Ohio State 7
10 1934 Champaign Illinois 14 Ohio State 13
11 1935 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 6
12 1936 Champaign Illinois 0 Ohio State 13
13 1937 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 19
14 1938 Champaign Illinois 14 Ohio State 32
15 1939 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 21
16 1940 Urbana, IL Illinois 6 Ohio State 14
17 1941 Columbus Illinois 7 Ohio State 12
18 1942 Cleveland, OH Illinois 20 Ohio State 44
19 1943 Columbus Illinois 26 Ohio State 29
20 1944 Cleveland, OH Illinois 12 Ohio State 26
21 1945 Columbus Illinois 2 Ohio State 27
22 1946 Champaign Illinois 16 Ohio State 7
23 1947 Columbus Illinois 28 Ohio State 7
24 1948 Champaign Illinois 7 Ohio State 34
25 1949 Columbus Illinois 17 Ohio State 30
26 1950 Champaign Illinois 14 Ohio State 7
27 1951 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 0
28 1952 Champaign Illinois 7 Ohio State 27
29 1953 Columbus Illinois 41 Ohio State 20
30 1954 Champaign Illinois 7 Ohio State 40
31 1955 Columbus Illinois 12 Ohio State 27
32 1956 Champaign Illinois 6 Ohio State 26
33 1957 Columbus Illinois 7 Ohio State 21
34 1958 Champaign Illinois 13 Ohio State 19
35 1959 Columbus Illinois 9 Ohio State 0
36 1960 Champaign Illinois 7 Ohio State 34
37 1961 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 44
38 1962 Champaign Illinois 15 Ohio State 51
39 1963 Columbus Illinois 20 Ohio State 20
40 1964 Champaign Illinois 0 Ohio State 26
41 1965 Columbus Illinois 14 Ohio State 28
42 1966 Champaign Illinois 10 Ohio State 9
43 1967 Columbus Illinois 17 Ohio State 13
44 1968 Champaign Illinois 24 Ohio State 31
45 1969 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 41
# Date Location Illinois Ohio State
46 1970 Champaign Illinois 29 Ohio State 48
47 1971 Champaign Illinois 10 Ohio State 24
48 1972 Columbus Illinois 7 Ohio State 26
49 1973 Champaign Illinois 0 Ohio State 30
50 1974 Columbus Illinois 7 Ohio State 49
51 1975 Champaign Illinois 3 Ohio State 40
52 1976 Columbus Illinois 10 Ohio State 42
53 1977 Champaign Illinois 0 Ohio State 35
54 1978 Columbus Illinois 7 Ohio State 45
55 1979 Champaign Illinois 7 Ohio State 44
56 1980 Columbus Illinois 42 Ohio State 49
57 1981 Columbus Illinois 27 Ohio State 34
58 1982 Champaign Illinois 21 Ohio State 26
59 1983 Champaign Illinois 17 Ohio State 13
60 1984 Columbus Illinois 38 Ohio State 45
61 1985 Champaign Illinois 31 Ohio State 28
62 1986 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 14
63 1987 Champaign Illinois 6 Ohio State 10
64 1988 Columbus Illinois 31 Ohio State 12
65 1989 Champaign Illinois 34 Ohio State 14
66 1990 Columbus Illinois 31 Ohio State 20
67 1991 Champaign Illinois 10 Ohio State 7
68 1992 Columbus Illinois 18 Ohio State 16
69 1993 Champaign Illinois 12 Ohio State 20
70 1994 Columbus Illinois 24 Ohio State 10
71 1995 Columbus Illinois 3 Ohio State 41
72 1996 Champaign Illinois 0 Ohio State 48
73 1997 Columbus Illinois 6 Ohio State 41
74 1998 Champaign Illinois 0 Ohio State 41
75 1999 Columbus Illinois 46 Ohio State 20
76 2000 Champaign Illinois 21 Ohio State 24
77 2001 Columbus Illinois 34 Ohio State 22
78 2002 Champaign Illinois 16 Ohio State 23
79 2005 Columbus Illinois 2 Ohio State 40
80 2006 Champaign Illinois 10 Ohio State 17
81 2007 Columbus Illinois 28 Ohio State 21
82 2008 Champaign Illinois 20 Ohio State 30
83 2009 Columbus Illinois 0 Ohio State 30
84 2010* Champaign Illinois 13 Ohio State 24
85 2011 Champaign Illinois 7 Ohio State 17
86 2012 Columbus Illinois 22 Ohio State 52
87 2013 Champaign Illinois 35 Ohio State 60
88 2014 Columbus Illinois 14 Ohio State 55
89 2015 Champaign Illinois Ohio State
Series: Ohio State leads 66–30–4


  • Ohio State's 2010 victory in the series was vacated as a result of the Buckeyes' use of ineligible players.

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