Illinois–Northwestern football rivalry

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Illinois–Northwestern football rivalry
Teams Illinois Fighting Illini
Northwestern Wildcats
First Meeting 1892
Last Meeting November 29, 2014
Next Meeting November 28, 2015
Series Illinois leads, 55–48–5

The Illinois–Northwestern football rivalry is a college football rivalry between the Illinois Fighting Illini football team of the University of Illinois and Northwestern Wildcats football team of Northwestern University. The Land of Lincoln Trophy is presented to the winner of the game. The teams began competing for the new prize in 2009,[1] replacing the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk, which was used from 1945 until 2008.

Traveling trophies[edit]

Sweet Sioux Tomahawk[edit]

The Sweet Sioux Tomahawk was presented to the winner of the annual football game between the two schools. The original trophy was a carved wooden "cigar store" Indian, but was stolen and replaced by a replica of a tomahawk.[2]

Northwestern won the Tomahawk first in 1945, beating Illinois 13–7 in Evanston. At the end of the 2008 football season, when the teams last played for the trophy, Illinois lead the series 52–45–5, and 33–29–2 during the era of the Tomahawk. Northwestern narrowed the series record in the trophy's final years, winning five of the last six meetings.

The 2008 game in Evanston was the final time the two teams played for the Tomahawk, which Northwestern won 27–10. The NCAA mandated that all Native American imagery deemed hostile and abusive must be removed from college athletics, including the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk. Before the game, the schools agreed that Northwestern would be the trophy's permanent resting place. If Illinois had won the game, it would have surrendered the trophy to Northwestern after the on-field celebration.

Land of Lincoln Trophy[edit]

Beginning in 2009, the two schools played for the Land of Lincoln Trophy. The trophy derives its name from the official state nickname of Illinois and depicts a bronze replica of a stovepipe hat famously worn by Abraham Lincoln. It was designed by Dick Tracy cartoonist Dick Locher[3] and cast by sculptor Don Reed of River's Edge Foundry, Beloit Wisconsin.

Northwestern won the trophy in its inaugural game in 2009. The 2010 contest was played at Wrigley Field, home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs. It was the first football game at Wrigley Field since 1970 and the first collegiate football game at Wrigley Field since 1938.[4] The field used an east-west field configuration (home plate to right field). In order to keep the playing field at regulation size, the safety clearances for each end zone to the walls in the field were considerably less than normal. In particular, the east (right field) end zone came under scrutiny as its end zone was wedged extremely close to the right field wall (as close as one foot in some areas), forcing the goal posts to be hung from the right field wall in order to fit. Despite extra padding provided in these locations, it was decided that all offensive plays for both teams play to the west end zone, where there was more safety clearance. The east end zone could still be used on defensive touchdowns and punt returns, as well as defensive safeties; in fact, there was one interception run back for an eastbound touchdown.[5] Illinois won 48–27. Illinois won the most recent meeting 47–33.

Since 2014, the game has become a division contest as Illinois and Northwestern are aligned into the Western division to accommodate the arrival of Maryland and Rutgers. The Big Ten announced its plans to realign its schools geographically in April 2013 in time for the 2014 football season.

Game results[edit]

# Date Location Illinois Northwestern
1 1892 Champaign Illinois 16 Northwestern 16
2 1893 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 0
3 1894 Champaign Illinois 66 Northwestern 0
4 1895 Champaign Illinois 38 Northwestern 4
5 1896 Champaign Illinois 4 Northwestern 10
6 1900 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 0
7 1901 Champaign Illinois 11 Northwestern 17
8 1902 Evanston Illinois 17 Northwestern 0
9 1903 Champaign Illinois 11 Northwestern 12
10 1904 Evanston Illinois 6 Northwestern 12
11 1908 Champaign Illinois 64 Northwestern 8
12 1909 Evanston Illinois 35 Northwestern 0
13 1910 Evanston Illinois 27 Northwestern 0
14 1911 Champaign Illinois 27 Northwestern 13
15 1912 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 6
16 1913 Champaign Illinois 37 Northwestern 0
17 1914 Evanston Illinois 37 Northwestern 0
18 1915 Champaign Illinois 36 Northwestern 6
19 1922 Champaign Illinois 6 Northwestern 3
20 1923 Chicago Illinois 29 Northwestern 0
21 1927 Evanston Illinois 7 Northwestern 6
22 1928 Champaign Illinois 6 Northwestern 0
23 1929 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 7
24 1930 Champaign Illinois 0 Northwestern 32
25 1931 Evanston Illinois 6 Northwestern 32
26 1932 Champaign Illinois 0 Northwestern 26
27 1933 Evanston Illinois 3 Northwestern 0
28 1934 Evanston Illinois 14 Northwestern 3
29 1935 Evanston Illinois 3 Northwestern 10
30 1936 Champaign Illinois 2 Northwestern 13
31 1937 Evanston Illinois 6 Northwestern 0
32 1938 Champaign Illinois 0 Northwestern 13
33 1939 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 13
34 1940 Evanston Illinois 14 Northwestern 32
35 1941 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 27
36 1942 Evanston Illinois 14 Northwestern 7
37 1943 Evanston Illinois 6 Northwestern 53
38 1944 Evanston Illinois 25 Northwestern 6
39 1945 Evanston Illinois 7 Northwestern 13
40 1946 Evanston Illinois 20 Northwestern 0
41 1947 Champaign Illinois 13 Northwestern 28
42 1948 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 20
43 1949 Champaign Illinois 7 Northwestern 9
44 1950 Evanston Illinois 7 Northwestern 14
45 1951 Evanston Illinois 3 Northwestern 0
46 1952 Champaign Illinois 26 Northwestern 28
47 1953 Evanston Illinois 39 Northwestern 14
48 1954 Champaign Illinois 7 Northwestern 20
49 1955 Evanston Illinois 7 Northwestern 7
50 1956 Evanston Illinois 13 Northwestern 14
51 1957 Champaign Illinois 27 Northwestern 0
52 1958 Champaign Illinois 27 Northwestern 20
53 1959 Champaign Illinois 28 Northwestern 0
54 1960 Evanston Illinois 7 Northwestern 14
55 1961 Champaign Illinois 7 Northwestern 28
56 1962 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 45
57 1963 Champaign Illinois 10 Northwestern 9
58 1964 Evanston Illinois 17 Northwestern 6
59 1965 Evanston Illinois 20 Northwestern 6
60 1966 Evanston Illinois 7 Northwestern 35
61 1967 Evanston Illinois 27 Northwestern 21
62 1968 Champaign Illinois 14 Northwestern 0
63 1969 Champaign Illinois 6 Northwestern 10
64 1970 Evanston Illinois 0 Northwestern 48
65 1971 Champaign Illinois 24 Northwestern 7
66 1972 Evanston Illinois 43 Northwestern 13
67 1973 Evanston Illinois 6 Northwestern 9
68 1974 Champaign Illinois 28 Northwestern 14
69 1975 Evanston Illinois 28 Northwestern 7
70 1976 Champaign Illinois 48 Northwestern 6
71 1977 Evanston Illinois 6 Northwestern 28
72 1978 Champaign Illinois 0 Northwestern 0
73 1979 Evanston Illinois 29 Northwestern 13
74 1980 Champaign Illinois 35 Northwestern 9
75 1981 Evanston Illinois 49 Northwestern 12
76 1982 Champaign Illinois 49 Northwestern 13
77 1983 Evanston Illinois 56 Northwestern 24
78 1984 Champaign Illinois 24 Northwestern 16
79 1985 Evanston Illinois 45 Northwestern 20
80 1986 Champaign Illinois 18 Northwestern 23
81 1987 Evanston Illinois 10 Northwestern 28
82 1988 Champaign Illinois 28 Northwestern 13
83 1989 Evanston Illinois 63 Northwestern 14
84 1990 Champaign Illinois 28 Northwestern 23
85 1991 Evanston Illinois 11 Northwestern 17
86 1992 Champaign Illinois 26 Northwestern 27
87 1993 Champaign Illinois 20 Northwestern 13
88 1994 Evanston Illinois 28 Northwestern 7
89 1995 Champaign Illinois 14 Northwestern 17
90 1996 Evanston Illinois 24 Northwestern 27
91 1997 Champaign Illinois 21 Northwestern 34
92 1998 Evanston Illinois 13 Northwestern 10
93 1999 Champaign Illinois 29 Northwestern 7
94 2000 Evanston Illinois 23 Northwestern 61
95 2001 Champaign Illinois 34 Northwestern 28
96 2002 Evanston Illinois 31 Northwestern 24
97 2003 Champaign Illinois 20 Northwestern 37
98 2004 Evanston Illinois 21 Northwestern 28
99 2005 Champaign Illinois 21 Northwestern 38
100 2006 Evanston Illinois 16 Northwestern 27
101 2007 Champaign Illinois 41 Northwestern 22
102 2008 Evanston Illinois 10 Northwestern 27
103 2009 Champaign Illinois 16 Northwestern 21
104 2010 Chicago Illinois 48 Northwestern 27
105 2011 Champaign Illinois 38 Northwestern 35
106 2012 Evanston Illinois 14 Northwestern 50
107 2013 Champaign Illinois 34 Northwestern 37
108 2014 Evanston Illinois 47 Northwestern 33
Series: Illinois leads 55–48–5[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Illinois and Northwestern Announce Football Series Trophy". NUsports.com. April 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sweet Sioux Tomahawk goes the way of Chief Illiniwek". Chicago Tribune. November 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Trophy to hang their hat on". Chicago Tribune. November 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ Muskat, Carrie (April 22, 2010). "Football returning to Wrigley Field". MLB.com. 
  5. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (November 19, 2010). "Wildcats, Illini to use one end zone at Wrigley". ESPN Big Ten Blog. 
  6. ^ http://www.mcubed.net/ncaaf/series/nw/il.shtml