Bowling Green–Toledo football rivalry

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Bowling Green–Toledo football rivalry
Battle of I-75 logo.png
First meeting October 11, 1980
Bowling Green, 17–6
Latest meeting November 17 2015
Toledo, 44–28
Next meeting October 15, 2016
Trophy Battle of I-75 Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 80
All-time series Bowling Green, 39-37-4
Largest victory Toledo, 63–0 (1935)
Longest win streak Bowling Green, 12 (1955-1966)
Current win streak Toledo, 6 (2010–present)
Bowling Green–Toledo football rivalry is located in Ohio
Bowling Green
Bowling Green
Toledo
Toledo
Locations in Ohio

The Bowling Green–Toledo football rivalry is annual college football rivalry game between Mid-American Conference members Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and the University of Toledo (UT). The universities are separated by about 25 miles (40 km) along Interstate 75 (I-75). The Bowling Green Falcons and Toledo Rockets have exchanged two traveling trophies; the Peace Pipe Trophy (1980–2010), and the Battle of I-75 Trophy (2011–present).

History[edit]

The Glass Bowl, home to the Rockets since 1937
Doyt Perry Stadium, home to the Falcons since 1966

The game is sometimes referred to as The Black Swamp Showdown and the Battle of I-75, as the cities of Toledo and Bowling Green are both located on I-75, just 20 miles (32 km) apart, and in the Black Swamp area of Northwest Ohio.

The rivalry between UT and BGSU goes back to 1919. The games were (and to an extent still are) marked by a passionate fan following and a hatred for the respective opponent.[citation needed] In 1935, fans rioted following a 63–0 blowout win by UT and as a result BGSU and UT did not resume the rivalry until 1948 (although Toledo did not field a football team during WWII from 1943–1945).[citation needed]

Traveling trophies[edit]

Peace Pipe Trophy[edit]

In 1948, the smoking of a six-foot "peace pipe" was instated as a gesture of goodwill between the two football teams at half-time of the annual game.[citation needed] The pipe would be kept by the winning university until the teams played again the following season. The tradition came to an abrupt end in 1969 when the pipe was stolen from the UT offices.[citation needed] It was never recovered and the thief never caught.[citation needed]

In 1980, a scale-down replica was fashioned and placed on top of a trophy created by former UT football player Frank Kralik. The Peace Pipe Trophy is a miniature replica of an American Indian sacred ceremonial pipe, sitting atop a trophy with both football teams' logos. Kralik donated the trophy to the university to be given to the winner of each year's football game, which like many other college football rivalries is usually the last game of the regular season for both teams. Though the two schools play in different divisions in the Mid-American Conference, they have yet to meet in the MAC Championship Game.

The awarding of the Peace Pipe Trophy was discontinued after the 2010 game. The schools agreed to change the trophy after conversations with members of the American Indian community. Taken into consideration was the spiritual symbolism of the ceremonial pipe to the American Indian community, as well as the NCAA's push to remove inappropriate American Indian nicknames and symbols associated with member's athletic teams.[1] The Peace Pipe Trophy will be permanently housed in the Toledo football trophy case as the Rockets won the last battle for the Peace Pipe in 2010.

Battle of I-75 Trophy[edit]

Beginning in 2011, the two schools started playing for the Battle of I-75 Trophy. Sponsored by Taylor Kia Automotive Group, it replaced the Peace Pipe Trophy. The Battle of I-75 Trophy was designed by Jeff Artz, who also designed the Fred Biletnikoff Award (awarded to America's top college football wide receiver).[2]

Toledo won the most recent meeting, 44–28, and currently holds a 5–0 advantage in the Battle of I-75 Trophy series. Toledo leads the trophy rivalry 21–15 overall. In the all time series, Bowling Green has a 39–37–4 advantage.

Game results[edit]

Bowling Green victories shaded ██ orange. Toledo victories are shaded ██ blue. Ties are shaded ██ gray

# Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
1 October 3, 1919 Bowling Green Toledo 6 Bowling Green 0 UT 1-0
2 October 29, 1921 Toledo Bowling Green 20 Toledo 7 TIED 1-1
3 November 4, 1922 Bowling Green Tie 6 Tie 6 TIED 1-1-1
4 October 27, 1923 Toledo Toledo 27 Bowling Green 0 UT 2-1-1
5 October 25, 1924 Toledo Toledo 12 Bowling Green 7 UT 3-1-1
6 October 20, 1928 Bowling Green Bowling Green 14 Toledo 0 UT 3-2-1
7 October 26, 1929 Toledo Tie 0 Tie 0 UT 3-2-2
8 November 1, 1930 Bowling Green Tie 0 Tie 0 UT 3-2-3
9 November 5, 1932 Bowling Green Bowling Green 12 Toledo 6 TIED 3-3-3
10 October 28, 1933 Toledo Toledo 26 Bowling Green 7 UT 4-3-3
11 November 3, 1934 Bowling Green Toledo 22 Bowling Green 0 UT 5-3-3
12 November 2, 1935 Toledo Toledo 63 Bowling Green 0 UT 6-3-3
13 October 9, 1948 Toledo Bowling Green 21 Toledo 6 UT 6-4-3
14 October 8, 1949 Toledo Toledo 20 Bowling Green 19 UT 7-4-3
15 October 28, 1950 Toledo Bowling Green 39 Toledo 14 UT 7-5-3
16 October 27, 1951 Bowling Green Toledo 12 Bowling Green 6 UT 8-5-3
17 October 25, 1952 Toledo Bowling Green 29 Toledo 19 UT 8-6-3
18 October 24, 1953 Bowling Green Toledo 20 Bowling Green 19 UT 9-6-3
19 October 23, 1954 Toledo Toledo 38 Bowling Green 7 UT 10-6-3
20 October 22, 1955 Bowling Green Bowling Green 39 Toledo 0 UT 10-7-3
21 October 20, 1956 Toledo Bowling Green 34 Toledo 12 UT 10-8-3
22 October 19, 1957 Bowling Green Bowling Green 29 Toledo 0 UT 10-9-3
23 October 18, 1958 Toledo Bowling Green 31 Toledo 16 TIED 10-10-3
24 October 17, 1959 Bowling Green Bowling Green 51 Toledo 21 BG 11-10-3
25 October 15, 1960 Toledo Bowling Green 14 Toledo 3 BG 12-10-3
26 October 14, 1961 Bowling Green Bowling Green 17 Toledo 6 BG 13-10-3
27 October 13, 1962 Toledo Bowling Green 28 Toledo 13 BG 14-10-3
28 October 19, 1963 Bowling Green Bowling Green 22 Toledo 20 BG 15-10-3
29 October 17, 1964 Toledo Bowling Green 31 Toledo 14 BG 16-10-3
30 October 16, 1965 Bowling Green Bowling Green 21 Toledo 14 BG 17-10-3
31 October 15, 1966 Toledo Bowling Green 14 Toledo 13 BG 18-10-3
32 October 14, 1967 Bowling Green Toledo 33 Bowling Green 0 BG 18-11-3
33 October 12, 1968 Toledo Tie 0 Tie 0 BG 18-11-4
34 October 11, 1969 Bowling Green Toledo 27 Bowling Green 26 BG 18-12-4
35 October 10, 1970 Toledo Toledo 20 Bowling Green 0 BG 18-13-4
36 October 9, 1971 Bowling Green Toledo 24 Bowling Green 7 BG 18-14-4
37 October 7, 1972 Toledo Bowling Green 19 Toledo 8 BG 19-14-4
38 October 6, 1973 Bowling Green Bowling Green 49 Toledo 35 BG 20-14-4
39 October 5, 1974 Toledo Toledo 24 Bowling Green 19 BG 20-15-4
40 October 11, 1975 Bowling Green Bowling Green 34 Toledo 17 BG 21-15-4
41 October 9, 1976 Toledo Bowling Green 29 Toledo 28 BG 22-15-4
42 October 8, 1977 Bowling Green Bowling Green 21 Toledo 13 BG 23-15-4
43 October 7, 1978 Toledo Bowling Green 45 Toledo 27 BG 24-15-4
44 October 6, 1979 Bowling Green Toledo 23 Bowling Green 17 BG 24-16-4
45 October 11, 1980 Toledo Bowling Green 17 Toledo 6 BG 25-16-4
46 October 24, 1981 Bowling Green Bowling Green 38 Toledo 0 BG 26-16-4
47 October 23, 1982 Toledo Toledo 24 Bowling Green 10 BG 26-17-4
48 October 8, 1983 Bowling Green Toledo 6 Bowling Green 3 BG 26-18-4
49 October 6, 1984 Toledo Toledo 17 Bowling Green 6 BG 26-19-4
50 November 11, 1985 Bowling Green Bowling Green 21 Toledo 0 BG 27-19-4
51 November 15, 1986 Toledo Toledo 22 Bowling Green 3 BG 27-20-4
52 October 17, 1987 Bowling Green Bowling Green 20 Toledo 6 BG 28-20-4
53 September 24, 1988 Toledo Toledo 34 Bowling Green 5 BG 28-21-4
54 October 14, 1989 Bowling Green Bowling Green 27 Toledo 23 BG 29-21-4
55 October 13, 1990 Toledo Toledo 19 Bowling Green 13 BG 29-22-4
56 October 19, 1991 Bowling Green Bowling Green 24 Toledo 21 BG 30-22-4
57 October 17, 1992 Toledo Bowling Green 10 Toledo 9 BG 31-22-4
58 October 2, 1993 Bowling Green Bowling Green 17 Toledo 10 BG 32-22-4
59 October 15, 1994 Toledo Bowling Green 31 Toledo 16 BG 33-22-4
60 October 21, 1995 Bowling Green Toledo 35 Bowling Green 16 BG 33-23-4
61 October 5, 1996 Toledo Toledo 24 Bowling Green 16 BG 33-24-4
62 October 25, 1997 Bowling Green 24 Toledo 35 Bowling Green 20 BG 33-25-4
63 October 17, 1998 Toledo Toledo 24 Bowling Green 16 BG 33-26-4
64 October 2, 1999 Bowling Green Bowling Green 34 Toledo 23 BG 34-26-4
65 November 22, 2000 Toledo Toledo 51 Bowling Green 17 BG 34-27-4
66 November 23, 2001 Bowling Green Bowling Green 56 Toledo 21 BG 35-27-4
67 November 30, 2002 Toledo Toledo 42 Bowling Green 24 BG 35-28-4
68 November 29, 2003 Bowling Green 22 Bowling Green 31 Toledo 23 BG 36-28-4
69 November 23, 2004 Toledo Toledo 49 Bowling Green 41 BG 36-29-4
70 November 22, 2005 Bowling Green Toledo 44 Bowling Green 41 BG 36-30-4
71 November 21, 2006 Toledo Toledo 31 Bowling Green 21 BG 36-31-4
72 November 23, 2007 Bowling Green Bowling Green 37 Toledo 10 BG 37-31-4
73 November 28, 2008 Toledo Bowling Green 38 Toledo 10 BG 38-31-4
74 November 27, 2009 Bowling Green Bowling Green 38 Toledo 24 BG 39-31-4
75 November 17, 2010 Toledo Toledo 33 Bowling Green 14 BG 39-32-4
76 October 15, 2011 Bowling Green Toledo 28 Bowling Green 21 BG 39-33-4
77 September 15, 2012 Toledo Toledo 27 Bowling Green 15 BG 39-34-4
78 October 26, 2013 Bowling Green Toledo 28 Bowling Green 25 BG 39-35-4
79 November 19, 2014 Toledo Toledo 27 Bowling Green 20 BG 39-36-4
80 November 17, 2015 Bowling Green Toledo 44 Bowling Green 28 BG 39-37-4
81 October 15, 2016 Toledo TBD TBD TBD TBD

Eventual MAC Champions
Lost in MAC Championship Game (1997–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toledo and Bowling Green Announce New "Battle of I-75 Trophy" for Football Series". utrockets.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Battle of I-75 winner to earn new trophy". Toledo Blade. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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