Victory Bell (Cincinnati–Miami)

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Victory Bell
SportFootball
First meetingDecember 8, 1888
Cincinnati 0, Miami 0
Latest meetingSeptember 14, 2019
Cincinnati 35, Miami 13
Next meetingSeptember 19, 2020
Statistics
Meetings total124
All-time seriesMiami leads, 59–58–7
Largest victoryCincinnati, 46–0 (1904)
Longest win streakCincinnati, 14 (2006–present)
Current win streakCincinnati, 14 (2006–present)
Locations of Cincinnati and Miami
111th Victory Bell logo

The Miami–Cincinnati Victory Bell is the trophy awarded to the winner of the American college football rivalry game played by the Cincinnati Bearcats football team of the University of Cincinnati and the Miami RedHawks football team of Miami University. The Victory Bell is the oldest current non-conference college football rivalry in the United States (though the teams were briefly conference rivals in the late 1940s and early 1950s). Though less known in the college football world, the Victory Bell is a longer lived rivalry than famed games such as Michigan-Ohio State.

Historical Background[edit]

As part of the agreement for the Symmes Purchase, John Cleves Symmes was instructed by the federal government to reserve a township for the creation of a university. Initially, land had been set aside in Cincinnati, but after a revision of the purchase, Symmes erroneously believed the requirement for a university was no longer necessary so the original plot was sold to settlers. Finally, on March 3, 1803, two days after Ohio attained statehood, Congress granted one complete township to be located in the District of Cincinnati under direction of the Ohio Legislature; if no township within the Symmes Purchase were offered in five years, then a township from federal lands was granted the State of Ohio to be held in trust for the establishment of a college. No township was offered, since no unentered township remained between the two Miami rivers. Miami University was finally founded in 1809, although construction was halted for many years. Interested in higher education did not decline in Cincinnati, with the foundation of the Cincinnati College in 1819, which would later become part of the University of Cincinnati. Delays during the War of 1812 even saw residents of Cincinnati try—and fail—to move Miami to the city in 1822 and to divert its income to the foundation of another college in Cincinnati. [1]

Beyond this foundational rivalry, many early faculty would serve at both universities. Famously William Holmes McGuffey joined the faculty of Miami in 1826, and began his work on the McGuffey Readers while in Oxford. McGuffey resigned in 1836 and became the President of the Cincinnati College, where he urged parents not to send their children to Miami noting, "where it was more likely they would be made into Drunkards and Gamblers than good Scholars." [1]

Series history[edit]

The Bearcats and RedHawks square off each fall for the famed Victory Bell. The first game in the series, played on December 8, 1888 in Oxford, Ohio, was the first college football game played in the state of Ohio. The original bell hung in Miami's Harrison Hall (Old Main) near the site of the first game and was used to ring in Miami victories. The traveling trophy tradition began in the 1890s when some Cincinnati fans "borrowed" the bell. The bell went to the winner of the annual game for the next forty years until it mysteriously disappeared in the 1930s. The original bell reappeared in 1946 and was on display in the lobby of Miami's Murstein Alumni Center for years. The current trophy is a replica of the original bell and is kept in the possession of the winning team each year. One side of the bell is painted black with white numbers showing Cincinnati's victories, while the other side is white with red numbers showing Miami's victories. Ties are indicated on the top of the red yoke in white numbers.

Given the proximity of the schools and many enrollees from the Greater Cincinnati area, from 1909 to 1970 the game was exclusively played at Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium over Thanksgiving Weekend, rather than hosting in the more rural Oxford. This made the Victory Bell a featured part of Thanksgiving traditions for fans of both schools. The intensity of the annual matchup was magnified in 1949 when College Football Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman left Miami to coach Cincinnati.[2]

The Miami–Cincinnati series ranks fifth on the list of most-played rivalries in college football and is the oldest Division I rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains. After the 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment led to the end of several historic rivalries, it is now the most-played currently active rivalry involving schools from the same state, and also holds the same distinction among inter-conference rivalries. Of the more than thirty college football rivalries that include at least 89 games, none is older than Miami vs. Cincinnati.

Miami and Cincinnati extended the rivalry series through 2029, committing to preserving one of the oldest and longest played games in college football. The Victory Bell will be hosted at Paul Brown Stadium in 2018, 2022, and 2026 as a part of the renewed contract.[3]

University Comparison[edit]

Category Miami Cincinnati
Founded 1809 1819
Type Public Public
Location Oxford Cincinnati
Students 24,377 44,338
School Colors Red & White Red & Black
Nickname RedHawks Bearcats
Stadium Yager Stadium Nippert Stadium
Wins 59 58
Longest Streak 5 14

Game results[edit]

Cincinnati victoriesMiami victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 December 8, 1888 Oxford, OH Tie0–0
2 December 14, 1889 Cincinnati, OH Miami 34–0
3 October 7, 1893 Oxford, OH Miami 24–6
4 November 4, 1893 Cincinnati, OH Miami 6–0
5 October 20, 1894 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 6–0
6 November 16, 1895 Cincinnati, OH Miami 12–0
7 October 2, 1896 Cincinnati, OH Miami 6–4
8 October 9, 1897 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 6–0
9 October 30, 1897 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 10–0
10 October 8, 1898 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 22–0
11 October 7, 1899 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 21–0
12 November 3, 1900 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 16–12
13 October 17, 1903 Cincinnati, OH Miami 15–0
14 October 15, 1904 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 46–0
15 October 13, 1906 Cincinnati, OH Tie0–0
16 November 25, 1909 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 10–6
17 October 29, 1910 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 3–0
18 November 18, 1911 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 11–0
19 November 28, 1912 Cincinnati, OH Tie21–21
20 November 27, 1913 Cincinnati, OH Miami 13–7
21 November 27, 1914 Cincinnati, OH Miami 20–13
22 November 25, 1915 Cincinnati, OH Miami 24–12
23 November 30, 1916 Cincinnati, OH Miami 33–0
24 November 29, 1917 Cincinnati, OH Miami 40–0
25 November 28, 1918 Cincinnati, OH Tie0–0
26 November 28, 1919 Cincinnati, OH Miami 14–0
27 November 25, 1920 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 7–0
28 November 24, 1921 Cincinnati, OH Miami 15–7
29 November 30, 1922 Cincinnati, OH Miami 9–6
30 November 23, 1923 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 23–0
31 November 27, 1924 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 8–7
32 November 26, 1925 Cincinnati, OH Miami 33–0
33 November 25, 1926 Cincinnati, OH Tie6–6
34 November 24, 1927 Cincinnati, OH Miami 17–14
35 November 29, 1928 Cincinnati, OH Miami 34–0
36 November 28, 1929 Cincinnati, OH Miami 14–6
37 November 27, 1930 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 6–0
38 November 26, 1931 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 20–0
39 November 24, 1932 Cincinnati, OH Miami 21–13
40 November 30, 1933 Cincinnati, OH Miami 6–2
41 November 29, 1934 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 21–0
42 November 28, 1935 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 8–7
43 November 26, 1936 Cincinnati, OH Tie0–0
44 November 25, 1937 Cincinnati, OH Miami 14–6
45 November 24, 1938 Cincinnati, OH Miami 16–7
46 November 23, 1939 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 13–0
47 November 21, 1940 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 44–0
48 November 20, 1941 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 26–0
49 November 26, 1942 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 21–12
50 November 22, 1945 Cincinnati, OH Miami 28–14
51 November 28, 1946 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 13–7
52 November 27, 1947 Cincinnati, OH Miami 38–7
53 November 25, 1948 Cincinnati, OH Miami 43–19
54 November 24, 1949 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 27–6
55 November 25, 1950 Cincinnati, OH Miami 28–0
56 November 24, 1951 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 19–14
57 November 27, 1952 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 34–9
58 November 26, 1953 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 14–0
59 November 25, 1954 Cincinnati, OH Miami 21–9
60 November 24, 1955 Cincinnati, OH Miami 14–0
61 November 22, 1956 Cincinnati, OH Miami 27–13
62 November 28, 1957 Cincinnati, OH Miami 20–14
63 November 27, 1958 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 18–7
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
64 November 26, 1959 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 14–7
65 November 19, 1960 Cincinnati, OH Miami 10–6
66 November 18, 1961 Cincinnati, OH Miami 7–3
67 November 17, 1962 Cincinnati, OH Miami 38–16
68 November 28, 1963 Cincinnati, OH Miami 21–19
69 November 21, 1964 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 28–14
70 November 20, 1965 Cincinnati, OH Miami 37–7
71 November 26, 1966 Cincinnati, OH Miami 28–8
72 November 18, 1967 Cincinnati, OH Miami 27–14
73 November 23, 1968 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 23–21
74 November 22, 1969 Cincinnati, OH Miami 36–20
75 November 21, 1970 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 33–0
76 November 20, 1971 Oxford, OH Miami 43–7
77 November 18, 1972 Cincinnati, OH Miami 23–0
78 November 17, 1973 Oxford, OH #17 Miami 6–0
79 November 16, 1974 Cincinnati, OH #12 Miami 27–7
80 November 22, 1975 Oxford, OH #16 Miami 21–13
81 September 25, 1976 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 17–0
82 November 24, 1977 Cincinnati, OH Miami 12–7
83 November 18, 1978 Oxford, OH Miami 28–24
84 November 17, 1979 Oxford, OH Miami 27–14
85 November 22, 1980 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 23–13
86 November 21, 1981 Oxford, OH Miami 7–3
87 November 18, 1982 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 20–10
88 November 19, 1983 Oxford, OH Miami 14–10
89 November 22, 1984 Cincinnati, OH Miami 31–26
90 November 23, 1985 Oxford, OH Miami 16–10
91 September 13, 1986 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 45–38
92 September 26, 1987 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 31–26
93 September 24, 1988 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 34–18
94 September 23, 1989 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 30–14
95 September 22, 1990[note 1] Cincinnati, OH Miami 16–12
96 September 28, 1991 Cincinnati, OH Miami 22–9
97 September 19, 1992 Oxford, OH Miami 17–14
98 September 18, 1993 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 30–23
99 September 17, 1994 Oxford, OH Tie17–17
100 September 23, 1995 Oxford, OH Miami 23–16
101 September 28, 1996 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 30–23
102 October 25, 1997 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 34–31
103 October 24, 1998 Cincinnati, OH Miami 41–0
104 October 30, 1999 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 52–42
105 October 28, 2000 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 45–15
106 September 22, 2001 Oxford, OH Miami 21–14
107 October 5, 2002 Cincinnati, OH Miami 31–26
108 September 27, 2003 Oxford, OH Miami 42–37
109 September 11, 2004 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 45–26
110 September 28, 2005 Oxford, OH Miami 44–16
111 September 30, 2006 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 24–10
112 September 15, 2007 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 47–10
113 September 20, 2008 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 45–20
114 October 3, 2009 Oxford, OH #10 Cincinnati 37–13
115 October 9, 2010 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 45–3
116 October 1, 2011 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 27–0
117 October 6, 2012 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 52–14
118 September 21, 2013 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 14–0
119 September 20, 2014[note 2] Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 31–24
120 September 19, 2015 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 37–33
121 September 24, 2016 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 27–20
122 September 16, 2017 Oxford, OH Cincinnati 21–17
123 September 8, 2018[note 3] Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 21–0
124 September 14, 2019 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 35–13
Series: Miami leads 59–58–7

Source[4]

Wins by venue[edit]

Category Cincinnati Miami Tie
Nippert Stadium 43 44 5
Miami Field 3 7 1
Yager Stadium 10 7 1
Riverfront Stadium 2 2 0
Paul Brown Stadium 2 0 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Havighurst, Walter (1984). The Miami Years. New York: G.P. Putnam and Sons. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  2. ^ Unger, Scott (11 September 28, 2006). "History of battle for Victory Bell". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 24 January 2018. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Clark, Dave (11 September 2017). "UC Bearcats, Miami RedHawks extend rivalry through 2029". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks football series history games list". Winsipedia. Retrieved 16 September 2019.