Old Oaken Bucket

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Old Oaken Bucket
Sport College football
First meeting 1891
Latest meeting 2015
Next meeting 2016
Trophy Old Oaken Bucket
(Originated in 1925)
Statistics
Meetings total 118
(played annually since 1920)
All-time series Purdue leads, 72–40–6
Largest victory

Purdue 68–0 (1892)

Highest total score
Indiana 56–36 (2013)
Lowest total score
Tie 0–0 (1916 & 1925)
Old Oaken Bucket is located in Indiana
Indiana
Indiana
Purdue
Purdue
Locations in Indiana

The Old Oaken Bucket is a traveling trophy awarded in American college football as part of the Indiana–Purdue rivalry between the Indiana Hoosiers football team of Indiana University and Purdue Boilermakers football team of Purdue University. It was first awarded in 1925.

Indiana and Purdue first met on the gridiron in 1891. The rivalry has been renewed annually every year in peacetime since then, except for 1903. Purdue leads the overall series 72–40–6. Indiana won the 2015 contest 54–36 in West Lafayette.

History of the Trophy[edit]

The concept of a trophy for football games played annually between Purdue University and Indiana University was first proposed during a joint meeting of the Chicago chapters of the Indiana and Purdue alumni organizations in 1925:

"discuss the possibility of undertaking worthy joint enterprises in behalf of the two schools."

During that meeting Indiana alumnus Dr. Clarence Jones and Purdue alumnus Russel Gray were appointed to propose a suitable trophy. At a subsequent meeting in Chicago Jones and Gray recommended some oaken bucket be that trophy and the chapters drafted the resolution that:

"an old oaken bucket as the most typical Hoosier form of trophy, that the bucket should be taken from some well in Indiana, and that a chain to be made of bronze block "I" and "P" letters should be provided for the bucket. The school winning the traditional football game each year should have possession of the "Old Oaken Bucket" until the next game and should attach the block letter representing the winning school to the bail with the score engraved on the latter link."

Purdue alumnus Fritz Ernst and Indiana alumnus Whiley J. Huddle were appointed to find a suitable oak bucket. They found such a bucket at the then Bruner family farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.[1] Although the bucket might have been used at an open well on the Bruner family farm that had been settled during the 1840s, the Bruner family lore indicates that the bucket might have been used by General John Hunt Morgan and his "Raiders" during their jaunt through southeastern Indiana during the Civil War.

In accordance with the Chicago alumni organization's resolution, the winner of the bucket gets a "P" or "I" link added to the chain of the bucket with the score, date and the city where the game was played engraved on the link. In case of a tie, an "I–P" link was added. The inaugural Old Oaken Bucket Game ended in a 0–0 deadlock on November 21, 1925, in Bloomington resulting in the very first and most visible link, an "I–P" link, being added to the handle of the bucket.

When Indiana and Purdue moved to separate divisions for the 2014 season—Indiana to the East and Purdue to the West—the Old Oaken Bucket was the only inter-divisional rivalry protected under the new alignment.

The poem "The Old Oaken Bucket"[edit]

The name of the trophy refers to a sentimental poem written in 1817 by a successful printer and publisher, Samuel Woodworth (1784–1842) which begins:

"How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection presents them to view!
The orchard, the meadow, the deep-tangled wild-wood,
And every loved spot which my infancy knew!
...And e'en the rude bucket that hung in the well—
The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-covered bucket which hung in the well.

Although Samuel Woodworth was not from Indiana, the poem exemplifies the sentiment felt by the people of Indiana towards their home state. The poem was set to music in 1826 by G. F. Kiallmark (1804–1887)[2] and memorized or sung by generations of American schoolchildren; it made the poet's unpretentious childhood home in Scituate, Massachusetts the goal of sentimental tourists in the late 19th century.

Bing Crosby recorded a musical version of the poem on a Decca record on June 14, 1941 with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra.[1]

Series statistics[edit]

Statistic Purdue Indiana
Games played 118
Wins 72 40
Home wins 37 20
Road wins 34 20
Neutral site wins 1 0
Total points scored in the series 2623 1702
Most points scored in a game by one team 68 (1892) 56 (2013)
Most points scored in a game by both teams 92 (2013 – IU 56, PU 36)
Fewest points scored in a game by both teams 0 (1916 & 1925 – PU 0, IU 0)
Fewest points scored in a game by one team in a win 1 (1894) 3 (1921, 1923, 1940)
Most points scored in a game by one team in a loss 36 (2013) 35(2012)
Largest margin of victory 68 (1892) 45 (1988)
Smallest margin of victory 1 (1894, 1939, 1980, 1983, 1989)      1 (1930)     
Longest winning streak 10 (1948 to 1957) 4 (1944 to 1947)

Game results[edit]

The 1903 contest, scheduled to be played on October 31 at Washington Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, was canceled after one of the trains carrying the Purdue football team struck a coal train near 18th Street on the north side of Indianapolis. In all, 17 Purdue football players, coaches, alumni, and team supporters were killed in the Purdue Wreck.

Indiana victories Purdue victories Tie games
# Date Location Winning team Losing team
1 1891 West Lafayette Purdue 60 Indiana 0
2 1892 West Lafayette Purdue 68 Indiana 0
3 1893 West Lafayette Purdue 64 Indiana 0
4 1894 Bloomington Purdue 1 Indiana 0
5 1897 West Lafayette Purdue 20 Indiana 6
6 1898 West Lafayette Purdue 14 Indiana 0
7 1899 West Lafayette Indiana 17 Purdue 5
8 1900 West Lafayette Indiana 24 Purdue 5
9 1901 Bloomington Indiana 11 Purdue 6
10 1902 West Lafayette Purdue 39 Indiana 0
11 1904 Indianapolis Purdue 27 Indiana 0
12 1905 Bloomington Tie 11 Tie 11
13 1908 West Lafayette Indiana 10 Purdue 4
14 1909 Bloomington Indiana 36 Purdue 3
15 1910 West Lafayette Indiana 15 Purdue 0
16 1911 Bloomington Purdue 12 Indiana 5
17 1912 West Lafayette Purdue 34 Indiana 7
18 1913 Bloomington Purdue 42 Indiana 7
19 1914 West Lafayette Purdue 23 Indiana 13
20 1915 Bloomington Purdue 7 Indiana 0
21 1916 West Lafayette Tie 0 Tie 0
22 1917 Bloomington Indiana 37 Purdue 0
23 1920 West Lafayette Indiana 10 Purdue 7
24 1921 Bloomington Indiana 3 Purdue 0
25 1922 West Lafayette Tie 7 Tie 7
26 1923 Bloomington Indiana 3 Purdue 0
27 1924 West Lafayette Purdue 26 Indiana 7
28 1925 Bloomington Tie 0 Tie 0
29 1926 West Lafayette Purdue 24 Indiana 14
30 1927 Bloomington Purdue 21 Indiana 6
31 1928 West Lafayette Purdue 14 Indiana 0
32 1929 Bloomington Purdue 32 Indiana 0
33 1930 West Lafayette Indiana 7 Purdue 6
34 1931 Bloomington Purdue 19 Indiana 0
35 1932 West Lafayette Purdue 25 Indiana 7
36 1933 Bloomington Purdue 19 Indiana 3
37 1934 West Lafayette Indiana 17 Purdue 6
38 1935 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 0
39 1936 West Lafayette Tie 20 Tie 20
40 1937 Bloomington Purdue 13 Indiana 7
41 1938 West Lafayette Purdue 13 Indiana 6
42 1939 Bloomington Purdue 7 Indiana 6
43 1940 West Lafayette Indiana 3 Purdue 0
44 1941 Bloomington Indiana 7 Purdue 0
45 1942 West Lafayette Indiana 20 Purdue 0
46 1943 Bloomington Purdue 7 Indiana 0
47 1944 West Lafayette Indiana 14 Purdue 6
48 1945 Bloomington Indiana 26 Purdue 0
49 1946 West Lafayette Indiana 34 Purdue 20
50 1947 Bloomington Indiana 16 Purdue 14
51 1948 West Lafayette Purdue 39 Indiana 0
52 1949 Bloomington Purdue 14 Indiana 6
53 1950 West Lafayette Purdue 13 Indiana 0
54 1951 Bloomington Purdue 21 Indiana 13
55 1952 West Lafayette Purdue 21 Indiana 16
56 1953 Bloomington Purdue 30 Indiana 0
57 1954 West Lafayette Purdue 13 Indiana 7
58 1955 Bloomington Purdue 6 Indiana 4
59 1956 West Lafayette Purdue 39 Indiana 20
60 1957 Bloomington Purdue 35 Indiana 13
# Date Location Winning team Losing team
61 1958 West Lafayette Tie 15 Tie 15
62 1959 Bloomington Purdue 10 Indiana 7
63 1960 West Lafayette Purdue 35 Indiana 6
64 1961 Bloomington Purdue 34 Indiana 12
65 1962 West Lafayette Indiana 12 Purdue 7
66 1963 Bloomington Purdue 21 Indiana 15
67 1964 West Lafayette Purdue 28 Indiana 22
68 1965 Bloomington Purdue 26 Indiana 21
69 1966 West Lafayette Purdue 51 Indiana 6
70 1967 Bloomington Indiana 19 Purdue 14
71 1968 West Lafayette Purdue 38 Indiana 35
72 1969 Bloomington Purdue 44 Indiana 21
73 1970 West Lafayette Purdue 40 Indiana 0
74 1971 Bloomington Indiana 38 Purdue 31
75 1972 West Lafayette Purdue 42 Indiana 7
76 1973 Bloomington Purdue 28 Indiana 23
77 1974 West Lafayette Purdue 38 Indiana 17
78 1975 Bloomington Purdue 9 Indiana 7
79 1976 West Lafayette Indiana 20 Purdue 14
80 1977 Bloomington Indiana 21 Purdue 10
81 1978 West Lafayette Purdue 20 Indiana 7
82 1979 Bloomington Purdue 37 Indiana 21
83 1980 West Lafayette Purdue 24 Indiana 23
84 1981 Bloomington Indiana 20 Purdue 17
85 1982 West Lafayette Indiana 13 Purdue 7
86 1983 Bloomington Purdue 31 Indiana 30
87 1984 West Lafayette Purdue 31 Indiana 24
88 1985 Bloomington Purdue 34 Indiana 21
89 1986 West Lafayette Purdue 17 Indiana 15
90 1987 Bloomington Indiana 35 Purdue 14
91 1988 West Lafayette Indiana 52 Purdue 7
92 1989 Bloomington Purdue 15 Indiana 14
93 1990 West Lafayette Indiana 28 Purdue 14
94 1991 Bloomington Indiana 24 Purdue 22
95 1992 West Lafayette Purdue 13 Indiana 10
96 1993 Bloomington Indiana 24 Purdue 17
97 1994 West Lafayette Indiana 33 Purdue 29
98 1995 Bloomington Purdue 51 Indiana 14
99 1996 West Lafayette Indiana 33 Purdue 16
100 1997 Bloomington Purdue 56 Indiana 7
101 1998 West Lafayette Purdue 52 Indiana 7
102 1999 Bloomington Purdue 30 Indiana 24
103 2000 West Lafayette Purdue 41 Indiana 13
104 2001 Bloomington Indiana 13 Purdue 7
105 2002 West Lafayette Purdue 34 Indiana 10
106 2003 Bloomington Purdue 24 Indiana 16
107 2004 West Lafayette Purdue 63 Indiana 24
108 2005 Bloomington Purdue 41 Indiana 14
109 2006 West Lafayette Purdue 28 Indiana 19
110 2007 Bloomington Indiana 27 Purdue 24
111 2008 West Lafayette Purdue 62 Indiana 10
112 2009 Bloomington Purdue 38 Indiana 21
113 2010 West Lafayette Indiana 34 Purdue 31
114 2011 Bloomington Purdue 33 Indiana 25
115 2012 West Lafayette Purdue 56 Indiana 35
116 2013 Bloomington Indiana 56 Purdue 36
117 2014 Bloomington Indiana 23 Purdue 16
118 2015 West Lafayette Indiana 54 Purdue 36
Series: Purdue leads 72–40–6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°25′26″N 86°55′44″W / 40.424°N 86.929°W / 40.424; -86.929