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Paul Bunyan Trophy
Teams Michigan Wolverines
Michigan State Spartans
Originated 1953
Trophy Series Michigan leads, 34–21–2
Current Holder Michigan State

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Michigan (34)
1954 1955 1964
1968 1970 1971
1972 1973 1974
1975 1976 1977
1979 1980 1981
1982 1983 1985
1986 1988 1989
1991 1992 1994
1996 1997 1998
2000 2002 2003
2004 2005 2006
2007
Michigan State (21)
1953 1956 1957
1959 1960 1961
1962 1965 1966
1967 1969 1978
1984 1987 1990
1993 1995 1999
2001 2008 2009
Ties (2)
1958 1963

The Paul Bunyan–Governor of Michigan Trophy is a college rivalry trophy awarded to the winner of the annual American football game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans. The winner retains possession of the trophy until the next year's game. Michigan State currently holds the trophy with their 26–20 victory in East Lansing, on October 3, 2009.[1]

The naming of the trophy after the mythical giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan reflects Michigan's history as a major lumber-producing state. The trophy was first presented in 1953 (State's first year as a full Big Ten member) by then-governor G. Mennen Williams, and is a four-foot-high wooden statue on a five-foot-high base.

The Paul Bunyan Trophy is not to be confused with Paul Bunyan's Axe, which is annually given to the winner of the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers, both of which are also in the Big Ten Conference.

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History

The overall series record is 67–30–5 in favor of Michigan, and since Michigan State achieved Big Ten membership in 1953, it is 34–21–2 for Michigan. Until Michigan State joined the Big Ten, all but a few games were played in Ann Arbor.[2] MSU's only real period of dominance in the series' history was from 1950 to 1969, where they went 14–4–2. Michigan holds long winning streaks of six (2002–2007), eight (1970–77), and 10 games (1938–49), and an 18-game unbeaten streak from 1916 to 1933, in series history.

In 2001, the game ended on a controversial last-second play where Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker threw a touchdown pass to T.J. Duckett to win the game. The game became known as Clockgate. The Wolverines had contended that the clock had run out of time before the last play of the game took place; video evidence of this was examined by several media stations and the Big Ten commissioner of referees declared that the clock call was correct. Still, this led to a Big Ten rule change that control of the game clock would be held by a game official instead of a school representative.

The game on October 25, 2008, in Ann Arbor. Early in the game there was a controversial touchdown by a Michigan wide receiver who only was able to get his foot on a pylon, it was reviewed and the referee called it a touchdown. The commissioner of the Big Ten later said the call was wrong.[3] It was the first UM–MSU game for new Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez who, like his four immediate predecessors, lost his first meeting with MSU. The game was won by MSU 35–21.

The most recent meeting took place on October 3, 2009, in East Lansing. The undefeated, 22nd-ranked, Wolverines were still the underdog to the 1-3 Spartans, but Michigan State took the lead in the first quarter and held it for much of the game, extending the lead to 20–6 with a touchdown 11 seconds into the fourth quarter. However, Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier rallied to tie it up 20–20 with a touchdown pass with 2 seconds remaining. Michigan State then intercepted Forcier in overtime and won, 26–20, to retain the trophy. It marked the first time Michigan State had won in back-to-back years since winning three straight from 1965 to 1967.

Game results

Year Michigan Michigan State Location
1953 Michigan 6 Michigan State 14 East Lansing, MI
1954 Michigan 33 Michigan State 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1955 Michigan 14 Michigan State 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1956 Michigan 0 Michigan State 9 Ann Arbor, MI
1957 Michigan 6 Michigan State 35 Ann Arbor, MI
1958 Michigan 12 Michigan State 12 East Lansing, MI
1959 Michigan 8 Michigan State 34 Ann Arbor, MI
1960 Michigan 17 Michigan State 24 East Lansing, MI
1961 Michigan 0 Michigan State 28 Ann Arbor, MI
1962 Michigan 0 Michigan State 28 East Lansing, MI
1963 Michigan 7 Michigan State 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1964 Michigan 17 Michigan State 10 East Lansing, MI
1965 Michigan 7 Michigan State 24 Ann Arbor, MI
1966 Michigan 7 Michigan State 20 East Lansing, MI
1967 Michigan 0 Michigan State 34 Ann Arbor, MI
1968 Michigan 28 Michigan State 14 Ann Arbor, MI
1969 Michigan 12 Michigan State 23 East Lansing, MI
1970 Michigan 34 Michigan State 20 Ann Arbor, MI
1971 Michigan 24 Michigan State 13 East Lansing, MI
1972 Michigan 10 Michigan State 0 Ann Arbor, MI
1973 Michigan 31 Michigan State 0 East Lansing, MI
Year Michigan Michigan State Location
1974 Michigan 21 Michigan State 7 Ann Arbor, MI
1975 Michigan 16 Michigan State 6 East Lansing, MI
1976 Michigan 42 Michigan State 10 Ann Arbor, MI
1977 Michigan 24 Michigan State 14 East Lansing, MI
1978 Michigan 15 Michigan State 24 Ann Arbor, MI
1979 Michigan 21 Michigan State 7 East Lansing, MI
1980 Michigan 27 Michigan State 23 Ann Arbor, MI
1981 Michigan 38 Michigan State 20 East Lansing, MI
1982 Michigan 31 Michigan State 17 Ann Arbor, MI
1983 Michigan 42 Michigan State 0 East Lansing, MI
1984 Michigan 7 Michigan State 19 Ann Arbor, MI
1985 Michigan 31 Michigan State 0 East Lansing, MI
1986 Michigan 27 Michigan State 6 Ann Arbor, MI
1987 Michigan 11 Michigan State 17 East Lansing, MI
1988 Michigan 17 Michigan State 3 Ann Arbor, MI
1989 Michigan 10 Michigan State 7 East Lansing, MI
1990 Michigan 27 Michigan State 28 Ann Arbor, MI
1991 Michigan 45 Michigan State 28 East Lansing, MI
1992 Michigan 35 Michigan State 10 Ann Arbor, MI
1993 Michigan 7 Michigan State 17 East Lansing, MI
1994 Michigan 40 Michigan State 20 Ann Arbor, MI
Year Michigan Michigan State Location
1995 Michigan 25 Michigan State 28 East Lansing, MI
1996 Michigan 45 Michigan State 29 Ann Arbor, MI
1997 Michigan 23 Michigan State 7 East Lansing, MI
1998 Michigan 29 Michigan State 17 Ann Arbor, MI
1999 Michigan 31 Michigan State 34 East Lansing, MI
2000 Michigan 14 Michigan State 0 Ann Arbor, MI
2001 Michigan 24 Michigan State 26 East Lansing, MI
2002 Michigan 49 Michigan State 3 Ann Arbor, MI
2003 Michigan 27 Michigan State 20 East Lansing, MI
2004 Michigan 45 Michigan State 37 Ann Arbor, MI
2005 Michigan 34 Michigan State 31 East Lansing, MI
2006 Michigan 31 Michigan State 13 Ann Arbor, MI
2007 Michigan 28 Michigan State 24 East Lansing, MI
2008 Michigan 21 Michigan State 35 Ann Arbor, MI
2009 Michigan 20 Michigan State 26 East Lansing, MI
Current series: Michigan leads, 34-21-2[4]

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