Delta State–Mississippi College football rivalry

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The Delta State–Mississippi College Rivalry
Heritage Bell Classic
Sport Football
First meeting October 26, 1935
Mississippi College 33, Delta State 0
Latest meeting September 30, 2017
Delta State 30, Mississippi College 17
Next meeting November 10, 2018
Cleveland, MS
Trophy Heritage Bell
Statistics
Meetings total 38
All-time series Delta State leads 21–15–2
Largest victory Delta State, 41–0 (1955)
Longest win streak Delta State, 6 (1948–1969)
Current win streak Delta State, 6 (1994–present)
Delta State–Mississippi College football rivalry is located in Mississippi
Delta State University
Delta State University
Mississippi College
Mississippi College
Locations in Mississippi

The Delta State–Mississippi College football rivalry, commonly known as the Heritage Bell Classic, is a college football rivalry game between a public university and a private Christian college in the U.S. state of Mississippi, the Delta State University Statesmen and the Mississippi College Choctaws. The current winner is Delta State, who won, 61–31, on September 29, 2016.[1] Delta State leads the all-time series, 20–15–2.[2][3]

History[edit]

Background: 1935–1994[edit]

The Delta State Statesmen were co-founding members of the Gulf South Conference in 1970. Mississippi College joined the conference in 1972 and played 34 straight games with the Statesmen before the Choctaws left the conference in 1996 which halted the series. The Choctaws left the conference and NCAA Division II to compete at the NCAA Division III level until 2014, when they rejoined the conference and continued the series with Delta State.[4][5]

The annual battle between Delta State and Mississippi College was one of the most anticipated contests in the "Magnolia State" from 1973 to 1995.[2]

Game results[edit]

Delta State victoriesMississippi College victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 October 26, 1935 Clinton Mississippi College 33–0
2 October 31, 1936 Clinton Mississippi College 20–0
3 October 18, 1941 Clinton Mississippi College 17–6
4 1947 Clinton Mississippi College 19–0
5 October 09, 1948 Cleveland Delta State 7–6
6 October 30, 1954 Clinton Delta State 25–0
7 October 29, 1955 Cleveland Delta State 41–0
8 September 22, 1956 Clinton Delta State 25–0
9 September 21, 1957 Cleveland Delta State 19–7
10 October 18, 1969 Jackson Delta State 33–7
11 October 17, 1970 Jackson Tie30–30
12 September 29, 1973 Cleveland Delta State 17–16
13 September 21, 1974 Clinton Delta State 13–3
14 October 11, 1975 Cleveland Delta State 24–0
15 October 09, 1976 Clinton Delta State 7–3
16 October 08, 1977 Cleveland Delta State 24–13
17 October 07, 1978 Clinton Mississippi College 27–0
18 October 06, 1979 Cleveland Mississippi College 27–19
19 October 11, 1980 Clinton Mississippi College 10–7
20 November 07, 1981 Cleveland Mississippi College 38–21
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
21 November 06, 1982 Clinton Mississippi College 27–6
22 November 19, 1983 Cleveland Delta State 31–21
23 November 17, 1984 Clinton Delta State 30–21
24 November 23, 1985 Cleveland Tie14–14
25 November 22, 1986 Clinton Delta State 21–10
26 November 21, 1987 Cleveland Mississippi College 13–7
27 November 12, 1988 Clinton Mississippi College 7–3
28 November 11, 1989 Cleveland Delta State 17–7
29 November 10, 1990 Clinton Mississippi College 35–17
30 November 16, 1991 Cleveland Mississippi College 27–10
31 November 14, 1992 Clinton Mississippi College 34–23
32 November 13, 1993 Cleveland Mississippi College 13–7
33 November 12, 1994 Clinton Delta State 14–0
34 November 11, 1995 Cleveland Delta State 14–0
35 November 10, 2014 Cleveland Delta State 27–3
36 November 16, 2015 Clinton Delta State 37–29
37 September 29, 2016 Cleveland Delta State 61–31
38 September 30, 2017 Clinton Delta State 30–17
Series: Delta State leads 21–15–2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Delta State beats MC 61-31 in Heritage Bell Classic". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "BATTLE FOR THE BELL: Statesmen to Host MC on Thursday". Delta State University. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Football Preview: MC vs. Delta State". Mississippi College. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Matt Wilson named new commissioner of Gulf South Conference". AL.com. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mississippi College Releases 2014 Football Schedule, First GSC Games Since 1995". Mississippi College. Retrieved September 28, 2016.