Victory Bell (Cincinnati–Miami)

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Victory Bell
111th Battle For The Bell.jpeg
Sport Football
Teams
First meeting December 8, 1888
Cincinnati 0, Miami 0
Latest meeting September 16, 2017
Cincinnati 21, Miami 17
Next meeting 2018
Statistics
Meetings total 122
All-time series Miami leads, 59–56–7
Largest victory Cincinnati, 46–0 (1904)
Longest win streak Cincinnati, 12 (2006–present)
Current win streak Cincinnati, 12 (2006–present)
Victory Bell (Cincinnati–Miami) is located in Ohio
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
Miami University
Miami University
Locations in Ohio

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 conference rivals for a few years in the late 1940s and early 1950s).

Series history[edit]

The Bearcats and RedHawks (formerly the Redskins) 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 is on display in the lobby of Miami's Murstein Alumni Center. 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.

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.

Game results[edit]

Cincinnati victories Miami victories Tie games
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 December 8, 1888 Oxford, OH Tie 0–0
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 Tie 0–0
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 Tie 21–21
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 Tie 0–0
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 Tie 6–6
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 Tie 0–0
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
No. Date Location Winner Score
63 November 27, 1958 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati 18–7
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 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 Tie 17–17
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 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
Series: Miami leads 59–56–7

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