The Keg of Nails

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Keg of Nails
Sport Football
First meeting October 2, 1929
UC 7, UL 0
Latest meeting December 5, 2013
UL 31, UC 24
Statistics
Meetings total 53
All-time series Cincinnati leads, 30-22-1[1] (.575)
Largest victory UL, 70-7 (2004)
UC, 51-0 (1942)
Longest streak UC 12 (1929–1969)
UL 5 (2003–2007)
Current streak UL, 2 (2012-present)

The Keg of Nails is a traveling trophy in college football, awarded since 1929 to the winner of games between the Universities of Louisville (U of L) and Cincinnati (UC), cities now connected by Interstate 71.

Known more for an intense basketball rivalry and tradition, U of L and UC have a football rivalry that has stretched over the span of four conferences from the Missouri Valley Conference, to the Metro Conference to Conference USA, and more recently in the Big East Conference, which in 2013 was renamed to the American Athletic Conference. It is believed to be the oldest rivalry for the Louisville football team and the second oldest for Cincinnati, only behind the annual game with the Miami RedHawks.

The trophy is a replica of a keg used to ship nails. The exchange is believed to have been initiated by fraternity chapters on the UC and U of L campuses, signifying that the winning players in the game were "tough as nails."

The present keg is actually a replacement for the original award, which was misplaced by Louisville, lost during some construction of office facilities. It is adorned with the logos of both schools and the scores of the series games.

The rivalry will go on hiatus after the 2013 season, as Louisville is due to move to the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2014.

Game results[edit]

Cincinnati victories Louisville victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 October 2, 1929 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 7–0
2 September 24, 1938 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 19–0
3 September 28, 1940 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 7–0
4 September 27, 1941 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 28–7
5 September 26, 1942 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 51–0
6 October 7, 1950 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 28–20
7 October 13, 1951 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 38–0
8 November 7, 1953 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 41–0
9 November 12, 1966 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 17–3
10 November 11, 1967 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 13–7
11 November 9, 1968 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 37–7
12 November 8, 1969 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 31–21
13 November 14, 1970 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 28–14
14 November 27, 1971 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 19–16
15 October 28, 1972 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 38–13
16 October 27, 1973 Louisville, KY Louisville 10–8
17 September 28, 1974 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 7–6
18 September 27, 1975 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 46–27
19 November 27, 1976 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 20–6
20 September 17, 1977 Louisville, KY Tie 17–17
21 September 23, 1978 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 28–14
22 September 22, 1979 Louisville, KY Louisville 22–19
23 November 15, 1980 Louisville, KY Louisville 20–0
24 November 14, 1981 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 24–0
25 September 11, 1982 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 38–16
26 September 24, 1983 Louisville, KY Louisville 31–23
27 October 27, 1984 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 40–21
# Date Location Winner Score
28 October 19, 1985 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 31–9
29 October 4, 1986 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 24–17
30 September 12, 1987 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 25–0
31 October 29, 1988 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 21–6
32 September 30, 1989 Louisville, KY Louisville 37–17
33 November 3, 1990 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 41–16
34 October 5, 1991 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 30–7
35 October 31, 1992 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 27–17
36 October 26, 1996 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 10–7
37 November 8, 1997 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 28–9
38 October 3, 1998 Louisville, KY Louisville 62–19
39 November 6, 1999 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 23–13
40 October 14, 2000 Louisville, KY Louisville 38–24
41 October 27, 2001 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 28–13
42 November 7, 2002 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 24–14
43 November 28, 2003 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 43–40
44 November 27, 2004 Louisville, KY #9 Louisville 70–7
45 October 22, 2005 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 46–22
46 October 14, 2006 Louisville, KY #7 Louisville 23–17
47 October 13, 2007 Cincinnati, OH Louisville 28–24
48 November 14, 2008 Louisville, KY #22 Cincinnati 28–20
49 November 24, 2009 Cincinnati, OH #6 Cincinnati 41–10
50 October 15, 2010 Louisville, KY Cincinnati 35–27
51 October 15, 2011 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 25–16
52 October 26, 2012 Louisville, KY #16 Louisville 34–31
53 December 5, 2013 Cincinnati, OH #19 Louisville 31–24
Series: Cincinnati leads 30–22–1


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