Miner's Cup

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Miner's Cup
Teams Northern Michigan Wildcats
Michigan Tech Huskies
Originated 2002 (rivalry since 1920)
Trophy Series Michigan Tech leads 12-3
Current Holder Michigan Tech

Northern Michigan (3)
2003 2007 2009
Michigan Tech (12)
2002 2004 2005 2006
2008 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015 2016
Miner's Cup is located in Michigan
Michigan Tech
Michigan Tech
Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan
Locations in Michigan

The Miner's Cup is the trophy awarded to the winner of the college football game between the Northern Michigan University (NMU) Wildcats and the Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech/MTU) Huskies. There has been a rivalry between the two teams since 1920, but the tradition of a "traveling trophy" between the two schools has only been around since 2002; Tech has won the trophy twelve out of a possible 15 times since the tradition was begun.[1]


A rivalry between the two universities has been around since 1920.[2][3] Since then, they have met 89 times, with the series record at 43-41-5 in Michigan Tech's favor. The tradition of a "traveling trophy" did not begin until 2002, when Michigan Tech’s Athletics Department and its Army ROTC combined to create it. The trophy itself is an antique miner's helmet mounted on a wooden base. The helmet was found at an antique store in the Houghton, Michigan area.[4]

The Miner's Cup 2007 duel.

Game results[edit]

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  2. ^ "NMU-MTU Miner's Cup 2008". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  3. ^ Kochanny, Drew (2008-08-28). "FSN picks up Miner's Cup". The North Wind. NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Tech and Northern set to battle for Miner's Cup on National TV". Michigan Tech. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Northern Michigan University Football; Year-by-Year Summary". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  6. ^ "'Cats Win Marathon In Motor City". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04.  (The last sentence of the article)
  7. ^ "'Cats Come From Behind To Beat Tech". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  8. ^ "'Cats Lose Possession Of Miner's Cup". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Miner's Cup To Stay In Houghton". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  10. ^ "Bernie Anderson Does Not Have Warm Welcome In Houghton". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  11. ^ "Miner's Cup Back In Marquette". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  12. ^ "NMU Drops Battle of U.P.". NMU. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  13. ^ "Northern Michigan vs Michigan Tech (Sep 19, 2009)". NMU. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  14. ^ "Miner's Cup Is Coming Back To Marquette". NMU. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  15. ^ "Huskies Shut Out NMU 12-0 to Claim the Miner's Cup". MTU. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  16. ^ "Huskies Retain Miner's Cup with 21-18 Win at NMU". MTU. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  17. ^ Wellens, Matt (2012-10-07). "Michigan Tech wins third straight Miner's Cup with aggressive first half attack against Northern Michigan". The Mining Journal. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  18. ^ "Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan Official Box Score". MTU. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  19. ^ "Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan Official Box Score". MTU. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  20. ^ "Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan Official Box Score". MTU. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  21. ^ "Michigan Tech vs. Northern Michigan Official Box Score". MTU. Retrieved 2016-11-05.