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Little Brown Jug
Little Brown Jug
Michigan players celebrate with the Little Brown Jug after a 2008 victory in the 91st edition of the rivalry
Teams Minnesota Golden Gophers
Michigan Wolverines
Originated 1903
Trophy Series Michigan leads, 66-22-3
Current Holder Michigan

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Minnesota (22)
1919 1927 1934
1935 1936 1937
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1956 1960 1961
1962 1963 1965
1967 1977 1986
2005
Michigan (66)
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Ties (3)
1903 1933 1950

The Little Brown Jug is a piece of crockery used as a trophy that is awarded to the winner of each college football game between Minnesota and Michigan. It is the oldest rivalry trophy, and one of the oldest rivalry games, in US college football.[1] (Canada's Yates Cup is the oldest trophy in North America.) While some historians and the NCAA state that the oldest rivalry with a trophy is between what is now Arizona and Arizona State, the Territorial Cup did not start changing hands until 2001, as it was a one-time award after their first series in 1899.[2]

As a result of a Big Ten scheduling anomaly, Michigan and Minnesota will not play in 2009 or 2010, the first break in the series since 1999.

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1903 game

The Little Brown Jug rivalry was created after the two teams met up on October 31, 1903. The earthenware jug, originally used by Michigan coach Fielding Yost, is painted with the victories of each team. The name most likely originates in the 1869 song of the same name by Joseph Winner.

After Yost took over coaching the Wolverines in 1901, the team went on to win 28 straight games. In the meantime, Minnesota assembled one of the best teams in school history, so Gopher fans were excited about possibly ending the Wolverines' streak.

As Yost and the team came into Minneapolis, student manager Thomas B. Roberts was told to purchase something to carry water. Yost was somewhat concerned that Gopher fans might contaminate his water supply. Roberts purchased a five-gallon jug for 30¢ from a local variety store.

Twenty thousand fans watched the matchup between the two teams in an overflowing Northrop Field. Minnesota held the fabled "point-a-minute" squad to just one touchdown, but hadn't yet managed to score a touchdown of their own. Finally, late in the second half, the Gophers reached the endzone to tie the game at 6–6. As clouds from an impending storm hung overhead, pandemonium struck when Minnesota fans stormed the field in celebration. Eventually the game had to be called with two minutes remaining. The Wolverines walked off the field, leaving the jug behind in the locker room of the University of Minnesota Armory.[3]

The next day custodian Oscar Munson brought the jug to L. J. Cooke, head of the Minnesota athletics department, and declared in a thick Scandinavian accent: "Yost left his jug." Exactly how Munson came to possess the jug is a bit of a mystery. Some accounts say that Munson purposely stole the jug in the chaos that ended the game, although most believe it was accidentally left behind. Thomas Roberts, writing in 1956, stated that the jug had served its purpose, so he intentionally left it sitting on the field.

The 2003 edition of the battle for the Little Brown Jug. This particular game was famous for being the biggest comeback in Michigan football history[1]

Still, Cooke and Munson were excited to have this little bit of memorabilia, proceeding to paint it brown (it had originally been putty-colored and currently is painted half blue, which is Michigan's color) and commemorate the day by writing "Michigan Jug – Captured by Oscar, October 31, 1903" on the side along with the score "Michigan 6, Minnesota 6". Of course, in the spirit of the moment, Minnesota's score was written many times larger than that of Michigan.

Later, Yost wanted the jug back, and sent a letter asking it to be returned. Cooke wrote in response: "We have your little brown jug; if you want it, you’ll have to win it." Michigan did exactly that when the teams met up again in 1909, and repeated the performance in 1910. Minnesota and Michigan met up again in 1919 after Michigan rejoined the Big Ten Conference, marking the first year that Minnesota won the Jug outright.

Other notable games

"The Battle of Giants" occurred in 1940, with undefeated Minnesota facing undefeated Michigan on November 9, 1940. Minnesota won 7-6.[4] Minnesota went on to go 8-0 and win the National Championship.

Minnesota was regarded as an easy victory for Michigan in 1986 as a 25-point underdog.[5] They had not defeated the Wolverines since 1977. The Gophers were fired up for Michigan. With two minutes to go, and Michigan just having scored a touchdown to bring the Wolverines at 16 to the Gophers 17, Bo Schembechler called for the extra point to be kicked for the tie. Against number two ranked Michigan, Minnesota quarterback Rickey Foggie scrambled to put Chip Lohmiller in position to get the winning field goal.[5] The Gophers took home the Little Brown Jug from Michigan for the first time since 1962. It was Michigan's only loss in the regular season on the way to the 1987 Rose Bowl.

The 2003 game was one of the most highly anticipated Michigan-Minnesota matchups in years.[6] Minnesota was ranked #17 and Michigan was ranked #20 and the game was at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Down by 21, Michigan put together its greatest all-time comeback in the fourth quarter, 21 points, to win 38-35.[7] Michigan advanced to the 2004 Rose Bowl.

Michigan has mostly dominated the series, particularly in the last four decades where Minnesota has only briefly held the Jug. On October 8, 2005, Minnesota claimed the Jug for the first time since 1986, defeating Michigan 23-20 in a matchup in Ann Arbor, Michigan. However, the Wolverines grabbed the trophy right back the next year on September 30, with a 28-14 victory in Minneapolis.

Game results

Year Minnesota Michigan Location
1903 Minnesota 6 Michigan 6 Minneapolis, MN
1909 Minnesota 6 Michigan 15 Minneapolis, MN
1910 Minnesota 0 Michigan 6 Ann Arbor, MI
1919 Minnesota 34 Michigan 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1920 Minnesota 0 Michigan 3 Minneapolis, MN
1921 Minnesota 0 Michigan 38 Ann Arbor, MI
1922 Minnesota 7 Michigan 16 Minneapolis, MN
1923 Minnesota 0 Michigan 10 Ann Arbor, MI
1924 Minnesota 0 Michigan 13 Minneapolis, MN
1925 Minnesota 0 Michigan 35 Ann Arbor, MI
1926 Minnesota 0 Michigan 20 Ann Arbor, MI
1927 Minnesota 6 Michigan 7 Minneapolis, MN
1928 Minnesota 13 Michigan 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1929 Minnesota 6 Michigan 7 Minneapolis, MN
1930 Minnesota 0 Michigan 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1931 Minnesota 0 Michigan 6 Ann Arbor, MI
1932 Minnesota 0 Michigan 3 Minneapolis, MN
1933 Minnesota 0 Michigan 0 Ann Arbor, MI
1934 Minnesota 34 Michigan 0 Minneapolis, MN
1935 Minnesota 40 Michigan 0 Ann Arbor, MI
1936 Minnesota 26 Michigan 0 Minneapolis, MN
1937 Minnesota 39 Michigan 6 Ann Arbor, MI
1938 Minnesota 7 Michigan 6 Minneapolis, MN
1939 Minnesota 20 Michigan 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1940 Minnesota 7 Michigan 6 Minneapolis, MN
1941 Minnesota 7 Michigan 0 Ann Arbor, MI
1942 Minnesota 16 Michigan 14 Minneapolis, MN
1943 Minnesota 6 Michigan 49 Ann Arbor, MI
1944 Minnesota 13 Michigan 28 Minneapolis, MN
1945 Minnesota 0 Michigan 26 Ann Arbor, MI
1946 Minnesota 0 Michigan 21 Minneapolis, MN
Year Minnesota Michigan Location
1947 Minnesota 6 Michigan 13 Ann Arbor, MI
1948 Minnesota 14 Michigan 27 Minneapolis, MN
1949 Minnesota 7 Michigan 14 Ann Arbor, MI
1950 Minnesota 7 Michigan 7 Minneapolis, MN
1951 Minnesota 27 Michigan 54 Ann Arbor, MI
1952 Minnesota 0 Michigan 21 Ann Arbor, MI
1953 Minnesota 22 Michigan 0 Minneapolis, MN
1954 Minnesota 0 Michigan 34 Ann Arbor, MI
1955 Minnesota 13 Michigan 14 Minneapolis, MN
1956 Minnesota 20 Michigan 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1957 Minnesota 7 Michigan 24 Minneapolis, MN
1958 Minnesota 19 Michigan 20 Ann Arbor, MI
1959 Minnesota 6 Michigan 14 Minneapolis, MN
1960 Minnesota 10 Michigan 0 Ann Arbor, MI
1961 Minnesota 23 Michigan 20 Minneapolis, MN
1962 Minnesota 17 Michigan 0 Ann Arbor, MI
1963 Minnesota 6 Michigan 0 Minneapolis, MN
1964 Minnesota 12 Michigan 19 Ann Arbor, MI
1965 Minnesota 14 Michigan 13 Minneapolis, MN
1966 Minnesota 0 Michigan 49 Ann Arbor, MI
1967 Minnesota 20 Michigan 15 Minneapolis, MN
1968 Minnesota 20 Michigan 33 Ann Arbor, MI
1969 Minnesota 9 Michigan 35 Minneapolis, MN
1970 Minnesota 13 Michigan 39 Ann Arbor, MI
1971 Minnesota 7 Michigan 35 Minneapolis, MN
1972 Minnesota 0 Michigan 42 Ann Arbor, MI
1973 Minnesota 7 Michigan 34 Minneapolis, MN
1974 Minnesota 0 Michigan 49 Ann Arbor, MI
1975 Minnesota 21 Michigan 28 Minneapolis, MN
1976 Minnesota 0 Michigan 45 Ann Arbor, MI
1977 Minnesota 16 Michigan 0 Minneapolis, MN
Year Minnesota Michigan Location
1978 Minnesota 10 Michigan 42 Ann Arbor, MI
1979 Minnesota 21 Michigan 31 Ann Arbor, MI
1980 Minnesota 14 Michigan 37 Minneapolis, MN
1981 Minnesota 13 Michigan 34 Minneapolis, MN
1982 Minnesota 14 Michigan 52 Ann Arbor, MI
1983 Minnesota 10 Michigan 58 Minneapolis, MN
1984 Minnesota 7 Michigan 31 Ann Arbor, MI
1985 Minnesota 7 Michigan 48 Minneapolis, MN
1986 Minnesota 20 Michigan 17 Ann Arbor, MI
1987 Minnesota 20 Michigan 30 Minneapolis, MN
1988 Minnesota 7 Michigan 22 Ann Arbor, MI
1989 Minnesota 15 Michigan 49 Minneapolis, MN
1990 Minnesota 18 Michigan 35 Ann Arbor, MI
1991 Minnesota 6 Michigan 52 Minneapolis, MN
1992 Minnesota 13 Michigan 63 Ann Arbor, MI
1993 Minnesota 7 Michigan 58 Minneapolis, MN
1994 Minnesota 22 Michigan 38 Ann Arbor, MI
1995 Minnesota 17 Michigan 52 Ann Arbor, MI
1996 Minnesota 10 Michigan 44 Minneapolis, MN
1997 Minnesota 3 Michigan 24 Ann Arbor, MI
1998 Minnesota 10 Michigan 15 Minneapolis, MN
2001 Minnesota 10 Michigan 31 Ann Arbor, MI
2002 Minnesota 24 Michigan 41 Minneapolis, MN
2003 Minnesota 35 Michigan 38 Minneapolis, MN
2004 Minnesota 24 Michigan 27 Ann Arbor, MI
2005 Minnesota 23 Michigan 20 Ann Arbor, MI
2006 Minnesota 14 Michigan 28 Minneapolis, MN
2007 Minnesota 10 Michigan 34 Ann Arbor, MI
2008 Minnesota 6 Michigan 29 Minneapolis, MN
Current series: Michigan leads 66-22-3

See also

References

  1. ^ Michigan drops Minnesota for 12th straight win in Metrodome, Associated Press, November 8, 2008, Accessed November 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2007. http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/football_records_book/2007/2007_d1_football_records_book.pdf.  
  3. ^ "History and Philosophy of Reserver Officer Training." University of Minnesota ROTC Alumni Society. http://www.umnrotcalumnisociety.org/history.php
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan - This Year's Game Of The Decade. Sports Illustrated, November 22, 1971
  5. ^ a b Neff, Craig - Bo Tries On A Tie, Gets A Boot. Sports Illustrated, November 24, 1986
  6. ^ Angel, Brett - Large crowd witnesses large Michigan comeback. Minnesota Daily, October 13, 2003
  7. ^ Hunt, Bob - Both teams leave 2003 game in past. Michigan Daily, October 8, 2004

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