Bronze Stalk Trophy

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Battle for the Bronze Stalk
SportFootball
First meetingOctober 4, 1941
Ball State 6, Northern Illinois 6
Latest meetingOctober 6, 2018
Northern Illinois 24, Ball State 16
Next meeting2019
TrophyBronze Stalk Trophy (2008–present)
Statistics
Meetings total46
All-time seriesNorthern Illinois leads, 24–20–2
Trophy seriesNorthern Illinois leads, 10–1
Largest victoryNIU 63–17 (2017)
Longest win streakNIU, 10 (2009–present)
Current win streakNorthern Illinois, 10 (2009–present)

The Bronze Stalk Trophy is presented to the winner of the annual college football game between Mid-American Conference rivals Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The two interstate rivals began competing for this trophy in 2008.[1]

Designed by nationally recognized sculptor and DeKalb artist Renee Bemis, the trophy depicts several cornstalks in tribute to the prevalence of maize around the respective home states of the rivals.

The first meeting between the two occurred in 1941, a 6–6 tie; the Huskies lead the all-time series 23–20–2, having won 16 of the last 19 meetings. Ball State won the inaugural contest for the Bronze Stalk at Scheumann Stadium in 2008, with Northern Illinois winning the trophy for the first time the following season on Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium.[2]

Game results[edit]

Ball State victoriesNorthern Illinois victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1941 DeKalb, IL Tie6–6
2 1942 Muncie, IN Ball State 14–0
3 1966 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 38–24
4 1967 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 28–14
5 1968 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 40–20
6 1969 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 17–13
7 1970 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 31–14
8 1971 DeKalb, IL Tie10–10
9 1973 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 45–17
10 1974 Muncie, IN Ball State 31–21
11 1975 DeKalb, IL Ball State 3–0
12 1976 DeKalb, IL Ball State 33–7
13 1977 Muncie, IN Ball State 31–6
14 1978 DeKalb, IL Ball State 31–13
15 1979 Muncie, IN Ball State 42–0
16 1980 DeKalb, IL Ball State 18–17
17 1981 Muncie, IN Ball State 23–0
18 1982 DeKalb, IL Ball State 14–7
19 1983 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 27–14
20 1984 DeKalb, IL Ball State 15–14
21 1985 Muncie, IN Ball State 29–0
22 1986 DeKalb, IL Ball State 20–10
23 1987 Muncie, IN Ball State 42–17
24 1988 DeKalb, IL Ball State 18–17
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
25 1997 DeKalb, IL Ball State 21–14
26 1998 Muncie, IN Ball State 18–13
27 1999 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 37–17
28 2000 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 43–14
29 2001 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 33–29
30 2002 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 41–29
31 2003 DeKalb, IL #21 Northern Illinois 48–23
32 2004 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 38–31
33 2005 DeKalb, IL Ball State 31–17
34 2006 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 40–28
35 2007 DeKalb, IL Ball State 27–21
36 2008 Muncie, IN #16 Ball State 45–14
37 2009 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 26–20
38 2010 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 59–21
39 2011 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 41–38
40 2012 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 35–23
41 2013 DeKalb, IL #20 Northern Illinois 48–27
42 2014 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 35–21
43 2015 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 59–41
44 2016 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 31–24
45 2017 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois 63–17
46 2018 Muncie, IN Northern Illinois 24–16
Series: Northern Illinois leads 24–20–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Illinois and Ball State to Play for The Bronze Stalk". NIUhuskies.com. November 21, 2007.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 16, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010.

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