Military Classic of the South

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Military Classic of the South
Sport Football
First meeting 1920
VMI 35, The Citadel 0
Latest meeting October 28, 2017
The Citadel 21, VMI 3
Next meeting 2018
at Lexington, Virginia
Trophy Silver Shako
Statistics
Meetings total 73
All-time series The Citadel leads, 41–30–2
Largest victory The Citadel, 50–0 (1992)
Longest win streak The Citadel, 11 (2003–present)
Current win streak The Citadel, 11 (2003–present)

The Military Classic of the South is an American college football rivalry game played by The Citadel Bulldogs football team of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and the VMI Keydets football team of the Virginia Military Institute.[1] The teams first played in 1920, but the trophy that is currently awarded, the Silver Shako, was introduced in 1976.[2] Today, the Citadel's football team consists of cadets and some civilian students (5th year senior grad students and occasional graduate transfers) while VMI's teams are cadets only.[3] The game has been played nearly continuously since World War II, with no matchup in 1956, 2004, and 2008–2010. Through 2017, The Citadel Bulldogs have won the past eleven meetings and fifteen of the last seventeen; they lead the series 41–30–2. At one point in 1967, the Keydets led the series 18–8–1.The Military Classic is the thirteenth oldest still-played rivalry in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of the NCAA. Both teams were members of the Southern Conference (SoCon) from 1936 until 2003, when VMI left for the Big South Conference and were reunited in the SoCon when VMI returned in 2014.[4][5]

The 73rd and most recent game of the series saw The Citadel defeat VMI 21–3 at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.

With the return of VMI to the SoCon, annual rivalries have been renewed in college baseball, women's soccer, track and field, and cross country. VMI remained in the SoCon in wrestling, and continued to compete annually with The Citadel in that sport while a full member of the Big South. The Bulldogs and Keydets both participated in the All-Military Classic basketball tournament, which began while VMI was a member of the Big South and concluded after four years with the two schools back in the Southern Conference.

Game results[edit]

The Citadel victories VMI victories Tie games
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 1920 Lynchburg, VA VMI 35–0
2 1929 Lexington, VA VMI 12–7
3 1930 Charleston, SC The Citadel 7–6
4 1931 Lexington, VA Tie 13–13
5 1932 Charleston, SC The Citadel 12–6
6 1937 Lexington, VA VMI 27–0
7 1946 Lexington, VA VMI 21–6
8 1947 Charleston, SC The Citadel 7–6
9 1948 Lexington, VA VMI 34–6
10 1949 Charleston, SC The Citadel 19–14
11 1950 Lexington, VA VMI 13–7
12 1951 Charleston, SC VMI 27–21
13 1952 Lexington, VA VMI 20–19
14 1953 Charleston, SC VMI 14–0
15 1954 Lexington, VA VMI 42–0
16 1955 Charleston, SC VMI 14–7
17 1957 Lexington, VA VMI 33–7
18 1958 Charleston, SC The Citadel 14–6
19 1959 Lexington, VA VMI 32–8
20 1960 Charleston, SC VMI 20–6
21 1961 Lexington, VA The Citadel 14–8
22 1962 Charleston, SC VMI 16–7
23 1963 Lexington, VA VMI 33–8
24 1964 Charleston, SC The Citadel 17–0
25 1965 Lexington, VA VMI 21–7
26 1966 Charleston, SC The Citadel 30–14
27 1967 Roanoke, VA VMI 22–11
28 1968 Charleston, SC The Citadel 13–8
29 1969 Lexington, VA The Citadel 28–2
30 1970 Charleston, SC The Citadel 56–9
31 1971 Lexington, VA The Citadel 25–24
32 1972 Charleston, SC The Citadel 42–3
33 1973 Lexington, VA VMI 23–6
34 1974 Charleston, SC VMI 20–9
35 1975 Lexington, VA The Citadel 6–3
36 1976 Charleston, SC VMI 30–14
37 1977 Lexington, VA VMI 19–3
No. Date Location Winner Score
38 1978 Charleston, SC The Citadel 14–3
39 1979 Lexington, VA The Citadel 37–6
40 1980 Charleston, SC The Citadel 28–0
41 1981 Norfolk, VA VMI 14–0
42 1982 Charleston, SC The Citadel 21–7
43 1983 Lexington, VA The Citadel 27–16
44 1984 Charleston, SC The Citadel 27–24
45 1985 Lexington, VA Tie 14–14
46 1986 Charleston, SC VMI 47–30
47 1987 Charleston, SC VMI 7–3
48 1988 Norfolk, VA The Citadel 31–20
49 1989 Lexington, VA VMI 20–10
50 1990 Charleston, SC The Citadel 23–3
51 1991 Norfolk, VA The Citadel 17–14
52 1992 Charleston, SC The Citadel 50–0
53 1993 Charleston, SC The Citadel 34–33
54 1994 Norfolk, VA The Citadel 58–14
55 1995 Charleston, SC VMI 34–7
56 1996 Lexington, VA VMI 34–27
57 1997 Charleston, SC The Citadel 28–6
58 1998 Lexington, VA The Citadel 36–10
59 1999 Charleston, SC The Citadel 14–7
60 2000 Lexington, VA VMI 41–21
61 2001 Charleston, SC The Citadel 49–7
62 2002 Charlotte, NC VMI 23–21
63 2003 Charlotte, NC The Citadel 27–23
64 2005 Lexington, VA The Citadel 22–14
65 2006 Charleston, SC The Citadel 48–21
66 2007 Lexington, VA The Citadel 70–28
67 2011 Charleston, SC The Citadel 41–14
68 2012 Lexington, VA The Citadel 27–24
69 2013 Charleston, SC The Citadel 31–10
70 2014 Lexington, VA The Citadel 45–25
71 2015 Charleston, SC The Citadel 35–14
72 2016 Lexington, VA The Citadel 30–20
73 2017 Charleston, SC The Citadel 21–3
Series: The Citadel leads 41–30–2

Other varsity sports[edit]

Sport Last Matchup All-Time Series
Date Location Winner Score Attendance Leader Record
Baseball March 24, 2017 Joseph P. Riley Jr. ParkCharleston, SC The Citadel 3-0 505 The Citadel 80–31
March 25, 2017 Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park • Charleston, SC VMI 4–1 553
March 26, 2017 Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park • Charleston, SC The Citadel 4–2 515
May 23, 2017[a] Fluor Field at the West EndGreenville, SC VMI 8–0 1,100
Basketball January 7, 2017 McAlister Field HouseCharleston, SC The Citadel 79–74 1,350 The Citadel 56–51
February 11, 2017 Cameron Hall • Lexington, VA VMI 101–78 3,479
Women's Soccer October 20, 2017 Patchin Field • Lexington, VA VMI 1–0 150 VMI 7–3
Wrestling January 26, 2017 Cameron Hall • Lexington, VA The Citadel 19–16 N/A VMI 39–29

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SoCon Football Week 10: A Historical Sketch of the 'Battle For The Silver Shako'". Medium.com. November 3, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ [http://www.citadel.edu/root/citadel-vmi-2011
  3. ^ Jeff Hartsell (November 5, 2015). "VMI and The Citadel: The same, but different". Post and Courier. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "CSTV Adds VMI-Citadel "Military Classic of the South" To Fall Football Line-Up". Big South Conference. July 11, 2007. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "VMI, Citadel play their 'Classic'". USA Today. November 15, 2002. Retrieved February 7, 2017.