Old Oaken Bucket

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Old Oaken Bucket
Sport College football
First meeting 1891
Purdue 60, Indiana 0
Latest meeting November 26, 2016
Indiana 26, Purdue 24
Next meeting 2017
Trophy Old Oaken Bucket
(Originated in 1925)
Statistics
Meetings total 119
(played annually since 1920)
All-time series Purdue leads, 72–41–6
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 72–41–6. Indiana won the 2016 contest 26–24 in Bloomington.

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 119
Wins 72 41
Home wins 37 21
Road wins 34 20
Neutral site wins 1 0
Total points scored in the series 2647 1728
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)
& (2013 to 2016)

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 Winner Score
1 1891 West Lafayette Purdue 60–0
2 1892 West Lafayette Purdue 68–0
3 1893 West Lafayette Purdue 64–0
4 1894 Bloomington Purdue 1–0
5 1897 West Lafayette Purdue 20–6
6 1898 West Lafayette Purdue 14–0
7 1899 West Lafayette Indiana 17–5
8 1900 West Lafayette Indiana 24–5
9 1901 Bloomington Indiana 11–6
10 1902 West Lafayette Purdue 39–0
11 1904 Indianapolis Purdue 27–0
12 1905 Bloomington Tie 11–11
13 1908 West Lafayette Indiana 10–4
14 1909 Bloomington Indiana 36–3
15 1910 West Lafayette Indiana 15–0
16 1911 Bloomington Purdue 12–5
17 1912 West Lafayette Purdue 34–7
18 1913 Bloomington Purdue 42–7
19 1914 West Lafayette Purdue 23–13
20 1915 Bloomington Purdue 7–0
21 1916 West Lafayette Tie 0–0
22 1917 Bloomington Indiana 37–0
23 1920 West Lafayette Indiana 10–7
24 1921 Bloomington Indiana 3–0
25 1922 West Lafayette Tie 7–7
26 1923 Bloomington Indiana 3–0
27 1924 West Lafayette Purdue 26–7
28 1925 Bloomington Tie 0–0
29 1926 West Lafayette Purdue 24–14
30 1927 Bloomington Purdue 21–6
31 1928 West Lafayette Purdue 14–0
32 1929 Bloomington Purdue 32–0
33 1930 West Lafayette Indiana 7–6
34 1931 Bloomington Purdue 19–0
35 1932 West Lafayette Purdue 25–7
36 1933 Bloomington Purdue 19–3
37 1934 West Lafayette Indiana 17–6
38 1935 Bloomington Indiana 7–0
39 1936 West Lafayette Tie 20–20
40 1937 Bloomington Purdue 13–7
41 1938 West Lafayette Purdue 13–6
42 1939 Bloomington Purdue 7–6
43 1940 West Lafayette Indiana 3–0
44 1941 Bloomington Indiana 7–0
45 1942 West Lafayette Indiana 20–0
46 1943 Bloomington Purdue 7–0
47 1944 West Lafayette Indiana 14–6
48 1945 Bloomington Indiana 26–0
49 1946 West Lafayette Indiana 34–20
50 1947 Bloomington Indiana 16–14
51 1948 West Lafayette Purdue 39–0
52 1949 Bloomington Purdue 14–6
53 1950 West Lafayette Purdue 13–0
54 1951 Bloomington Purdue 21–13
55 1952 West Lafayette Purdue 21–16
56 1953 Bloomington Purdue 30–0
57 1954 West Lafayette Purdue 13–7
58 1955 Bloomington Purdue 6–4
59 1956 West Lafayette Purdue 39–20
60 1957 Bloomington Purdue 35–13
# Date Location Winner Score
61 1958 West Lafayette Tie 15–15
62 1959 Bloomington Purdue 10–7
63 1960 West Lafayette Purdue 35–6
64 1961 Bloomington Purdue 34–12
65 1962 West Lafayette Indiana 12–7
66 1963 Bloomington Purdue 21–15
67 1964 West Lafayette Purdue 28–22
68 1965 Bloomington Purdue 26–21
69 1966 West Lafayette Purdue 51–6
70 1967 Bloomington Indiana 19–14
71 1968 West Lafayette Purdue 38–35
72 1969 Bloomington Purdue 44–21
73 1970 West Lafayette Purdue 40–0
74 1971 Bloomington Indiana 38–31
75 1972 West Lafayette Purdue 42–7
76 1973 Bloomington Purdue 28–23
77 1974 West Lafayette Purdue 38–17
78 1975 Bloomington Purdue 9–7
79 1976 West Lafayette Indiana 20–14
80 1977 Bloomington Indiana 21–10
81 1978 West Lafayette Purdue 20–7
82 1979 Bloomington Purdue 37–21
83 1980 West Lafayette Purdue 24–23
84 1981 Bloomington Indiana 20–17
85 1982 West Lafayette Indiana 13–7
86 1983 Bloomington Purdue 31–30
87 1984 West Lafayette Purdue 31–24
88 1985 Bloomington Purdue 34–21
89 1986 West Lafayette Purdue 17–15
90 1987 Bloomington Indiana 35–14
91 1988 West Lafayette Indiana 52–7
92 1989 Bloomington Purdue 15–14
93 1990 West Lafayette Indiana 28–14
94 1991 Bloomington Indiana 24–22
95 1992 West Lafayette Purdue 13–10
96 1993 Bloomington Indiana 24–17
97 1994 West Lafayette Indiana 33–29
98 1995 Bloomington Purdue 51–14
99 1996 West Lafayette Indiana 33–16
100 1997 Bloomington Purdue 56–7
101 1998 West Lafayette Purdue 52–7
102 1999 Bloomington Purdue 30–24
103 2000 West Lafayette Purdue 41–13
104 2001 Bloomington Indiana 13–7
105 2002 West Lafayette Purdue 34–10
106 2003 Bloomington Purdue 24–16
107 2004 West Lafayette Purdue 63–24
108 2005 Bloomington Purdue 41–14
109 2006 West Lafayette Purdue 28–19
110 2007 Bloomington Indiana 27–24
111 2008 West Lafayette Purdue 62–10
112 2009 Bloomington Purdue 38–21
113 2010 West Lafayette Indiana 34–31
114 2011 Bloomington Purdue 33–25
115 2012 West Lafayette Purdue 56–35
116 2013 Bloomington Indiana 56–36
117 2014 Bloomington Indiana 23–16
118 2015 West Lafayette Indiana 54–36
119 2016 Bloomington Indiana 26–24
Series: Purdue leads 72–41–6

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